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Enable: the Belgian’s development agency is changing

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As of 1 January 2018, the Belgian Technical Cooperation (CBT) will change its name to become ENABLE, a nod to the English expression “enable” -- which means to allow or to make possible. In 2016, CBT was involved in 170 projects in 21 countries, and through its activities distributed EUR 217 million -- two-thirds in North Africa and West Africa and one-third in Central Africa. Following the endorsement by the UN General Assembly in September 2015 of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, international institutions have recommended that Belgium adapt its model of co-operation to allow better links between the administration that conducts the co-operation policy and the agency that implements it. The structure of the agency will thus be profoundly modified and its mandate broadened. The agency will become an integrated service in embassies and diplomatic offices in partner countries in order to integrate co-operation into Belgium’s foreign policy. It will henceforth be responsible for all sustainable development objectives, including the search for funding from other partners, whether public or private. Its resources will remain the same, 0.47% of the gross domestic product, below the 0.7% recommended by countries of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).