The Government of Flanders granted a subsidy of almost 4 million euros to the ‘DEA Adaptive Capacity Facility’ project. The key challenge the South African government aims to address, is the lack of effective climate change implementation at a local level in South Africa.
The General Representation of the Government of Flanders in Southern Africa has signed a double taxation treaty with Botswana on 30 November.
On 15 November, the fifth bilateral consultation on development cooperation between Flanders and Malawi took place in Lilongwe. This meeting marked the start of the negotiations for the third Country Strategy Paper between Flanders and Malawi for the period 2019-2023.
On 17 November the Government of Flanders granted 4.5 million euros to International Red Cross Flanders and the World Health Organization (WHO) for projects in Malawi and Mozambique. Both countries are heavily affected by the consequences of climate change. As a result, the socio-economic conditions of the population are under even more pressure.
Flanders and South Africa have been working together on youth development since 1997. In May of this year, Mr Sven Gatz, Flemish Minister for Culture, Youth and Media visited South Africa to celebrate the 20th anniversay of this intense cooperation. The current 5-year programme 2015-2020 focuses on ‘Promoting and Up-Scaling Youth Volunteering in Civil Society Organizations’. As part of the youth volunteer programme, a digital toolkit was set up under the ‘My hands and heart’ website. This toolkit should provide an online database for youth volunteer workers.