Luxembourg – Development Cooperation Agency (LuxDev)

Geographical focus: 
South Asia
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Social inclusion and Poverty reduction in Tourism
Sustainability of natural resources in Tourism
Intro text: 
LuxDev works in 14 countries on four continents. The bulk of its activity is concentrated on the nine official partner countries of the Luxembourg ODA, as defined by the Government of the Grand Duchy. Apart from Africa (Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Senegal) the Agency is also active in Latin America (Nicaragua and El Salvador) and South-East Asia (Laos and Vietnam). The ODA with partner countries is managed via an Indicative Cooperation Programme (ICP), which is adopted by the governments of Luxembourg and the respective partner countries. The ICP is a multi-annual programme which identifies key areas of development cooperation (sectors, geographic areas, modalities) and multi-year budgets allocated to development programmes. The mission is to actively participate in the implementation of the development cooperation policy of the Luxembourg government, which focuses on poverty eradication and sustainable development in its social, economic and environmental aspects. As an agency of the Luxembourg government, LuxDev can be seen as the essential instrument by which the country expresses its international solidarity. It seeks to assist partners, without substituting them in their efforts to progress. Luxembourg Development Cooperation also operates in so-called project-countries in the Balkans (Montenegro and Kosovo) and Asia (Mongolia and Myanmar). Total ODA in 2013 was USD 431 million, which represents 1% of GNI.

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Who can apply?

Calls for tenders:

-         Natural persons, companies or firms, public bodies or bodies with public participation;

-         Cooperative societies and other legal persons governed by public or private law; and

-         Any joint ventures or consortia of such companies or firms.

Objectives and activities


-         Local Development:

  • Agriculture and Food Security;
  • Decentralisation and Local Governance;
  • Natural Resources Management; and
  • Water & Sanitation.

-         Education - Vocational Training & Access to Employment:

  • Basic Education and Literacy; and
  • Vocational Training and Access to Employment.

-         Health;

-         Microfinance and Finance;

-         Renewable Energies; and

-         Various.

Five current projects have particular relevance for tourism, mainly in the field of vocational training for tourism development.

Type and level of funding

In the framework of projects, three types of tenders may be found:

  • Goods: contracts for the acquisition of equipment, which may also include tasks such as installation, commissioning, maintenance, training and after-sales services, connected with the provision of goods.
  • Services: contracts for the recruitment of technical assistance (advice mission) or of services providers (formulation mission, feasibility studies, market studies, technical studies, evaluations and audits)
  • Works: contracts concluded for the execution of works or the building of a structure.