Currently GSF derives its funding support for two donors, namely the European Union and The Government of Netherlands. In addition, GSF has developed a Resource Moblisation Strategy to raise the additional funds needed to complete its work and secure commitments for the Guiana Shield Fund.
The European Union is established in accordance with the Treaty on European Union. Currently, the Union has 27 Member States and Croatia. It is a continuation of the European Community and the member states co-operate in the fields of Common Foreign and Security Policy, Justice and Home Affairs. The five main institutions of the EU are the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers, the European Commission, the Court of Justice and the Court of Auditors. The European Union is a major player in the field of international co-operation and development aid.
It is also the world's largest humanitarian aid donor. Today, the European Community has political and financial responsibility for over 11% of the world's public aid (ODA), compared with 5% in 1985. The primary aim of the EC's own development policy, agreed in November 2000, is the eradication of poverty. To enhance its impact, the EC is targeting its assistance on six priority areas: trade and development; regional integration and co-operation; support to macroeconomic policies and equitable access to social services; transport; food security and sustainable rural development; institutional capacity building, good governance and the rule of law. In addition to these core areas, important crosscutting issues are being mainstreamed into development activities namely: human rights, gender equality, the environment, and conflict prevention.
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid was established on 3 January 2011. It is the result of the merger of parts of the former Directorate-General for Development and Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific States with the former EuropeAid Co-operation Office. EuropeAid is now responsible not only for defining EU development policy but also for ensuring the effective programming and implementation of aid.
EuropeAid’s new structure allows the European Commission to speak with one voice on development and cooperation issues. Having one address for development policy and implementation provides a single contact point for stakeholders both inside and outside the EU. EuropeAid is also the single interlocutor for the European External Action Service (EEAS), and for all sectoral DGs on development and cooperation.
EuropeAid plays a crucial role in:
- designing state-of-the-art development policy for all developing countries;
- enhancing policy coherence for development while further improving implementation and delivery mechanisms;
- defining future development policy both within the EU as well as contributing to the setting of standards internationally;
- contributing to global challenges ahead.
EuropeAid’s work is carried out with the ultimate aim of:
- reducing poverty in the world;
- ensuring sustainable development;
- promoting democracy, peace and security.
As well as designing policies to achieve these objectives, EuropeAid is responsible for implementing the EU’s
external aid instruments. EuropeAid coordinates the actions of the EU institutions, the EU Member States and other
EU actors around the Union’s core values, objectives and common priorities.
For more info on EuropeAid Cooperation Office: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/index_en.htm
The Netherlands: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign
governments and international organisations. It coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy. The Ministry
has two halves: its headquarters in The Hague and its missions abroad (embassies, consulates, and permanent
The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is responsible for Dutch foreign policy and accountable
to Parliament. His civil servants help him prepare and deliver that policy. The Minister for European Affairs and
International Cooperation is responsible for policy on development cooperation and foreign aid as well as policy
regarding the Netherlands’ cooperation with Europe. The Ministry's most senior civil servant is the Secretary-General.
Based on the policy programme of the first Rutte Government, the government sees its mission as being to promote
the security and well-being of the Netherlands and the Dutch people, and to that end it will focus on international
stability and security, energy and raw material security, the international legal order (including human rights) and the
commercial and economic interests of the Netherlands and Dutch businesses. All this was set down in the coalition
agreement of October 2010, and will remain unchanged in 2012. A greater emphasis will be placed on economic
diplomacy. In addition, development cooperation, the international legal order and active involvement in European
and transatlantic partnerships will remain cornerstones of Dutch foreign policy. These principles have been translated
into an integrated policy with three pillars: security, prosperity and freedom.
The Ministry's activities are based on the above objectives. They are:
- to maintain relations with other countries and international organisations;
- to promote cooperation with other countries;
- to help developing countries accelerate their social and economic developme nt through international cooperation;
- to promote the interests of Dutch nationals and the Netherlands abroad;
- to collect information on other countries and international developments for the Government and other interested parties;
- to provide information on Dutch policy and the Netherlands' position on international issues and developments;
- to present the Netherlands to the world;
- to deal with applications from and the problems of foreigners living in the Netherlands or seeking to enter or leave the country.
For more information on the Ministry of Foreign affairs: http://www.minbuza.nl/en