The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has evaluated applications submitted for the co-financing grant competition, “Support for Development Cooperation and Development (Global) Education Projects Funded by the European Commission and Other International Aid Donors in the Recipient Countries Defined by the Republic of Latvia and in the Republic of Latvia”, and co-financing has been awarded to five projects:
- “Social entrepreneurship: Achieving social change through a bottom-up approach” – by an association “New Door”;
- “More and better EU aid volunteers: Building capacity of European organisations and increasing opportunities for EU citizens to participate in humanitarian aid activities” – by an association “The Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation”;
- “Stimulating global citizenship education – a bridge to sustainable development” – by an association “Education Initiative Centre”;
- “With respect for food: A global approach to reducing food waste through informal education” – by an association “Green Freedom”;
- “For a fair trade in fruit! Promoting a fair trade in tropical fruit during the European Year for the Development 2015 and beyond: Mobilising European citizens to make tropical fruit supply chains fair” – by an association “Green Freedom”.
The co-financing grant project competition has supported development (global) education projects implemented in Latvia and one development cooperation project carried out in a partner country prioritised by Latvia in its development cooperation policy – Ukraine.
According to the Development Cooperation Policy Plan for 2018, applications could be submitted by associations, foundations, and social partners whose projects had received support from the European Commission or other donors. Total funding available for the competition is EUR 23,010.80.
Development (global) education projects seek to promote an active learning process, which shapes public awareness of global development processes and fosters the participation of individuals and organisations in tackling local and global issues.