The Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) is the EU’s main instrument for providing development assistance through the general EU budget. It operates under a separate legislative instrument from Horizon 2020. Launched in January 2007, the DCI replaces a wide range of geographic and thematic instruments which were created over time. In this way, it increases the effectiveness of the EU development cooperation.
The DCI covers three components:
1. Geographic programmes supporting cooperation with 47 developing countries in Latin America, Asia and Central Asia, the Gulf region (Iran, Iraq and Yemen) and South Africa
These programmes support actions within the following areas of cooperation:
2. Thematic programmes benefiting all developing countries (including those covered by the ENPI and the EDF). These programmes support actions in the following fields:
3. Programme of accompanying measures for the 18 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Sugar Protocol countries, in order to help them adjust following the reform of the EU sugar regime
Coordination is provided by ISC Intelligence in Science as one of the initiators of AERAP, together with the South African Mission to the EU.
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