In line with the Development Cooperation Plan for 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided support for 22 development cooperation projects in partner countries and in Latvia last year; 21 out of those received financial assistance, and one project was granted in-kind contribution. The total amount allocated from the Foreign Ministry’s budget for bilateral development cooperation was EUR 448,343.
Six projects were carried out jointly with other donors – the United States of America, Sweden, Norway, and the United Nations Development Programme in Uzbekistan. Co-financing was also granted to four development, or global education projects in Latvia that had already received funding from the European Commission. Foreign donors’ funds attracted to projects last year exceeded the Foreign Ministry’s bilateral development cooperation budget twofold.
Support was also offered to public outreach activities on development cooperation, global education and sustainable development, and to two civil society organisations – the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Authorities, and the Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation “Lapas” – towards representation of their interests in international organisations.
The largest share of funding, i.e., 60.2%, was invested in the priority countries of the EU Eastern Partnership: 28.1% in Ukraine, 25.5% in Georgia, and 6.6% in Moldova.
Last year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continued providing financial support in the areas where Latvia has good practical expertise, mainly supporting the development and capacity building of public administration (58%); business development and the promotion of export capacity (17%); and the process of decentralisation towards an improved regional and local governance (16%).