Portuguese co-operation uses different types and methods of financing. With a view to increasing the effectiveness and impact of its interventions, Portuguese co-operation has been making efforts to increase the reliability of available funds as well as rationalising their use, improving the processes for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating operations. Also important is the combination of different types and methods of assistance with an approach based on complementarity and synergy.

Types of aid:

  • Intervention projects
  • General contributions, programme support and common fundss
  • Budget support and sectorial funds
  • Student scholarships
  • Expert and other types of technical assistance


The funding of various operations follows a set of principles. Whilst avoiding fragmentation and ad hoc projects, the concentration of activities in the priority sectors of partner countries and large-scale, high-visibility projects ensures coherence of Portuguese co-operative activities. Other aspects include co-ordination with other donors, diversification, new sources of funding through delegated co-operation and blending, for example, and partnerships with multilateral banks and with the private sector. Management by objectives is equally important.


With regard to intervention projects, these must comply with the rules of structure and presentation with indicators and measurable results as well as a clear exit strategy. Co-operation projects must be co-ordinated and agreed on the basis of how appropriate they are to the interests of foreign policy, a process in which the Inter-ministerial Commission for Co-operation and its Permanent Secretariat play a central role.


Different types of intervention are financed nationally through the state budget, in particular with funding from the budgets of Camões, I.P., the various ministries, local administration and private funds. On an international level, funding may arise from international organisations and partner countries, in particular through trilateral co-operation.


Bearing in mind the challenges being faced, particularly in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, new methods and instruments are being studied and/or already in use.


The European Union project PROCULTURA launched a call for proposals with the purpose of spurring sustainable employment and income in music, performing arts and children's literature sectors in PALOP (African Portuguese Speaking Countries) and East Timor under its regional programme “PALOP-TL EU”.

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Check here the final results and the organizations supported by this call, within the scope of the European Union project GO BLUE Kenya | Tourism and Cultural Heritage Component.


Check here Lot 1 and Lot 2 final evaluation reports summary on the proposals selected for the award of grants of the European Union project GO BLUE Kenya | Tourism and Cultural Heritage Component, managed by Camões, I.P.



Check here the preliminary selection of applications to the European Union GO BLUE Kenya| Tourism and Cultural Heritage call for proposals, managed by Camões, I.P.



Check here the information on admission of applications to the European Union GO BLUE Kenya| Tourism and Cultural Heritage call for proposals, managed by Camões, I.P.


Jury responses to requests for clarification on Go Blue Tourism and Cultural Heritage Call for Proposals

See here the answers to the requests for clarification addressed to the Call for Proposals jury implemented within the scope of the European Union project Go Blue | Component Tourism and Cultural Heritage, managed by Camões, I.P.


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Congressos e Estudos

O Camões, I.P. reconhece a importância do fomento e geração de um pensamento crítico e da partilha de conhecimento, no domínio da Cooperação para o Desenvolvimento, Educação para o Desenvolvimento e da Ação Humanitária e de Emergência.

Igualmente tem sido valorizada a necessidade de contribuir para o surgimento de abordagens inovadoras sobre temas de manifesta importância para a consolidação, progresso e disseminação do conhecimento, nas áreas acima referidas.

Em 2017 foi criada, pelo Camões, I.P., uma linha de cofinanciamento, destinada a Organizações portuguesas de direito privado sem fins lucrativos, devidamente constituídas, instituições públicas e Redes e Plataformas que atuem na área da Cooperação Portuguesa, destinada ao apoio à realização de congressos, colóquios, conferências, seminários e estudos (Congressos e Estudos), tendo em vista o estímulo à produção, difusão, partilha e consolidação do conhecimento, nas áreas de atuação da Cooperação Portuguesa

A candidatura a cofinanciamento pelo Camões, I.P., no âmbito da linha de candidatura  para apoio à realização de congressos e estudos, faz-se de acordo com o enquadramento normativo estabelecido para o efeito (consultar Candidatura a Linhas de Financiamento aqui)

Humanitarian aid

Portugal’s humanitarian efforts involve a variety of partners and include, both directly and indirectly, governments and civil society organisations in the affected countries, Portuguese NGOs and multilateral organisations.

The Operational Action Plan is an integrated response that includes, above all else, the creation and strengthening of the resilience of communities and partner countries and a reduction of disaster risk. It also highlights the importance of maintaining a flexible perspective by linking and co-ordinating aid for emergencies, rehabilitation and development. It also strives to create a more systematic relationship with all the organisations involved by establishing focal points and shared responsibilities concerning information, knowledge, methods and operational structures.

It is an integrated approach to humanitarian activities that also focuses on medium- to long-term solutions and the strengthening of the resilience of families, communities and partner countries as well as reducing the risk of disaster. To this end, these areas have been gradually integrated in the Strategic Co-operation Programmes and the support instruments for the NGDO’s development projects.

The decisions about financial supports given by Portugal to the humanitarian cause are based on the crises risk and seriousness and the added value that a national intervention can represent. 

Decisions regarding Portugal’s financial aid for humanitarian reasons are based on an analysis of the seriousness of the crisis and the added-value that a particular national intervention might represent for Portugal in order for it to be prioritised for funds being allocated to UN agencies (i.e. core funding) and flexible and/or "non-earmarked" funds like CERF - Central Emergency Response Fund, to which Portugal has continuously made a contribution since its creation. Contributions are also made to various UN agencies operating in the area of humanitarian aid, most notably the UNHCR, UNRWA, UNICEF, WFP and other humanitarian organisations such as the International Red Cross.


O Camões, I.P. assume o cofinanciamento de programas, projetos e ações no quadro da cooperação bilateral e multilateral, no contexto de linhas de apoio a ONGD e ainda através da Linha de Apoio à Organização de Congressos, Colóquios, Conferências, Seminários e Estudos.
Ao nível bilateral as intervenções enquadram-se nas orientações estratégicas e no pacote financeiro indicativo dos Programas Estratégicos de Cooperação e são negociadas e acordadas com o país parceiro, que por norma as propõe.

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The allocation of education grants takes into account the needs and development priorities of partner countries and the strengthening of scientific and technological systems based on a process of opportunities and selection.

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The Portuguese state, as is expressed in the NGDOs Statutes and Co-operation Protocol signed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Portuguese NGDO Platform, recognises the crucial role played by non-governmental development organisations (NGDOs) in the areas of development assistance, humanitarian aid and development education, in which they:

  • Ensure interconnections between national, European and international organisations;
  • Define and apply the criteria for the allocation of aid whilst participating in projects;
  • Ensure the involvement of non-governmental development organisations.

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