With a view to increasing the effectiveness and impact of its interventions, Portugal is continuing its co-operative efforts in order to increase predictability and rationalise the allocation of development funding whilst focusing on the following issues from the perspective of promoting synergies and establishing complementary entities, regardless of the financial source (i.e. central administration, etc).


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Types of assistance

These instruments are financed on a national level through the state budget, including funds from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Camões, I.P, local government, private funding and some of the other ministries. International funding can also be raised from foreign sources of joint-funding, particularly international organisations, trilateral co-operation and partner countries of Portuguese co-operation.

In this context, it’s equally important to focus on leveraging the resources made available by the EU on two levels:

  • National entities, particularly NGOs, foundations, universities, private sector and municipalities advocating the use of available mechanisms and instruments under the terms of the long-term financial framework 2014-2020;
  • Camões, I.P. implements co-operation projects funded indirectly by centralised management (delegated co-operation) and also provides an added benefit through the practical implementation of the EU Code of Conduct on Complementarity and Division of Labour, namely the concentration of donors from a limited number of sectors in each country.


International Funding

The Support Mechanism for Development Co-operation Projects for Portuguese NGDOs is a joint initiative between the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, EDP Foundation, Luso-American Development Foundation and the Portugal-Africa Foundation (promotional foundations), as well as support from Camões, I.P, with information available here, about the different channels of international funding with applications available for development projects.