The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the coordination of development cooperation policy in Latvia. The policy is designed and implemented in close cooperation with partner countries, embassies and civil society, public institutions, and experts from all sectors.
In a short time period since regaining its independence in 1991, Latvia has developed from an aid receiving transition country to a donor country.
We see our recent experience as essential contribution to the development of our partner countries, mainly in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Bilaterally Latvia is especially involved in providing technical assistance - expertise, knowledge and resources in various areas (good governance, rule of law, judicial reforms, economic and regional development etc.).
Find out more on Latvian development cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Attīstības sadarbība - mūsu pasaulei, mūsu cieņai, mūsu nākotnei
Our vision on development aid in 3 questions
Why should we care about development aid?
Development is - solidarity and it works - every human deserves to live in dignity. Not so long ago Latvia received support itself, now we are one of the fastest growing economies. - mutual benefit - natural disasters, air pollution and water scarcity, radicalisation, diseases – are just a few issues that know no borders and can only be solved with a global response. - the result of your actions. By looking at how ethically and by whom the clothes and food you buy is produced and actively participating in civil society and political processes you can have a great effect on development.
What is the added value of the EU as a global player?
“Not only we provide the biggest financial resources, we are a partner that stands strong in support for democracy and good governance, rule of law, human rights and civil society and peace and security around the world:” as written by Mr.Edgars Rinkevics, the Latvian minister for Foreign Affairs and Mr. Neven Mimica, the EU commissioner for international cooperation and development. Read the full article here: https://www.devex.com/news/learning-from-the-past-for-a-sustainable-future-85397
How can each of us make a difference?
- Buy clothes that use sustainably sourced fabrics! Read more here: http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/buyersguides.aspx - Look at the ethical aspects of the goods you buy, labels on your food ( are the workers paid their fair share?); cosmetics (are they not tested on animals and do not harm nature?), etc. Find out more here - http://www.sustainabletable.org/944/these-labels-are-so-confusing - Sort your waste and use water responsibly! - Be active in your local community and engage in global processes – they are closer than you think! Find out more about LAPAS: http://lapas.lv/