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Flemish official development assistance increased

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In 2020, Flemish official development assistance (ODA) amounted to 67.2 million Euro. This is a remarkable record, in extraordinary circumstances.

The increase in ODA in 2020 can not only be explained by optimal spending of the budget for development cooperation. Two other causes also contributed to the increase:
12.2 million Euro in additional funding was released last year to better protect developing countries against the effects of climate change. Furthermore, 5.2 million Euro from the Flemish climate fund went to projects in the field of international climate financing.

The Department of Economy, Science and Innovation also released an additional 1 million euros for the Institute of Tropical Medicine. The contribution will go to the development of an insectarium for in-depth research into tropical diseases that travel with insects. The resources for the United Nations University (UNU-CRIS) have been increased to 1 million Euro in order to develop its own scientific program.

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