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eLankidetza to support 75 NGDO projects in 23 countries

2022 October 29
  • 32 million will be allocated to countries mostly in Central America, South America, sub-Saharan Africa and the Basque Country
  • The grants will support processes for the empowerment of women, productive development, protection of human rights defenders and awareness-raising

eLankidetza-Basque Agency for Development Cooperation, part of the Department of Equality, Justice and Social Policies, has granted 32 million euros to 75 projects divided into three modalities: aid for development cooperation projects; aid for productive development, training and technological assistance projects; and aid for education projects for social transformation. This call is eLankidetza’s most important line of action, both in terms of the volume of funds and the number of agents and actions it promotes.

In line with eLankidetza's strategic priorities, 22% of the approved funds are directed to the empowerment of women and 8% will go to the protection of human rights defenders. On the other hand, 20% will be carried out in sub-Saharan African countries and 15% in the Basque Country.  

Contribution to global challenges in local contexts

Development cooperation projects are aimed at contributing to the fight against poverty and strengthening local development processes in impoverished countries in the South.

The majority of funds have been directed to this modality ─ around 26 million euros ─ and 51 projects will be subsidised. They will be held in 22 countries, the main ones being Guatemala, Mexico and Colombia, and on the African continent, Senegal and Rwanda.

The development cooperation projects will be carried out through organisations in the Basque Country and the South and will be mainly aimed at the empowerment of women, political advocacy and strengthening of rights or fair and sustainable productive development, among others.

As for productive development, training and technological assistance initiatives, four projects have been approved for Ecuador, Colombia, Cuba and Brazil. In total, they will receive 1.2 million euros.

Finally, 20 education for social transformation initiatives have been approved for an amount of more than 4.8 million euros. Some educational initiatives will focus on food sovereignty, the environment, women's rights, minority languages, feminism and human rights.

All of them will take place in the Basque Country, although they will have a component of connection with the realities of the South. In fact, the objective is to promote the understanding of the structural causes that generate inequalities and to encourage the involvement and commitment of Basque citizens. 

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