Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI)

Any donor
European Union
Geographical focus: 
East Asia and the Pacific
South Asia
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Education in Tourism
Gender in Tourism
Tourism and Culture
Trade, Investment and Competitiveness in Tourism
Social inclusion and Poverty reduction in Tourism
Sustainability of natural resources in Tourism
Intro text: 
Launched in January 2007, the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) replaces a wide range of geographic and thematic instruments which was created over time. In this way, it increases the effectiveness of the EU development cooperation. Geographic programmes supporting cooperation with 47 developing countries in Latin America, Asia, the Gulf region and South Africa. Thematic programmes can benefit all developing countries (including those covered by the ENPI and the EDF). The DCI is administered by the European Commission, DG Development Cooperation.

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Geographic focus

Developing countries worldwide, all regions.

Who can apply?

  • Partner countries and regions, and their institutions;
  • Decentralised bodies in the partner countries (municipalities, provinces, departments and regions);
  • Joint bodies set up by the partner countries and regions with the Community;
  • Non state actors;
  • International organisations; and
  • EU agencies.

Objectives and activities

The objective of the DCI is to improve development cooperation.

Main activities:

  • The EU’s Thematic Programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources including Energy (ENRTP), helps beneficiaries to address these issues and meet obligations under multilateral agreements.
  • The ‘Investing in people’ programme provides support in a number of interlinked areas in order to further human and social development:
  • The Global Public Goods and Challenges Programme stimulates the development of local crafts, which serve to preserve the local cultural heritage and supporting culture as a promising economic sector for development and growth.

Type and level of funding

The total financial resources amount to EUR 19,661.64 million for the period 2014–2020. Financial assistance is provided in the form of multiannual indicative fund allocations, contribution to funds and debt relief.

A directory for calls of proposals and calls for tender is available on the website. Each of them will specify in related documents the eligibility criteria for that specific call or tender.