On the occasion of the 6th Bilateral Consultation on Development Cooperation between Malawi and Flanders, Mrs Julie Bynens, Secretary-General of the Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs, visited the country from 16 to 20 September. We had fruitful meetings with the ministers of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, and of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, and their respective ministries to assess the on-going cooperation and to discuss the way forward.
The Belgium Campus ITversity manages the "Micro-aquaponics Lappies – Proof of concept of community embedding" project, supported by Flanders in partnership with the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. This project aims to develop ICT smart agriculture and, in so doing, build knowledge and capital in communities. It is expected that this will spontaneously lead to community-based business development, enhancing sustainable economic and social impact, equity and fairness, and food security in support of climate-change adaptation.
Social entrepreneurship drives sustainable job creation and tackles both societal and environmental challenges. As part of its Development Cooperation with South Africa, the Government of Flanders supported programmes on job creation through small enterprise development, with a specific focus on social entrepreneurship and social innovation. The Industrial Development Corporation has compiled a publication with case studies that testify to the invaluable work of individual social enterprises.