Doing Business with Enabel, the Belgian Development Agency | Invitation to a Webinar

By Ion Ilasco

Doing Business with Enabel, the Belgian Development Agency | Invitation to a Webinar

Enabel, the Belgian development agency, is a European bilateral donor organization that implements programs funded under Belgium’s international development and cooperation policy. The agency is committed to promoting sustainable development, inclusive economic growth, respect for human rights, and digital transition in the least developed African countries. The organization reports around 150 ongoing projects in its pipeline with an aggregated value of over €256 million. Enabel also engages with other organizations to implement projects funded by other donors.

DevelopmentAid, as the world-leading business information platform in the aid sector, in collaboration with Enabel, announces a thematic webinar on 24 March 2022 to learn more about the agency’s operations and procurement framework and to explore the best practices for successful collaboration.

The event is open to all interested stakeholders.

Enabel operational overview

About 80% of all development efforts undertaken by Enabel are implemented within fragile contexts or, in other words, concern communities that lack the political or economic means to ensure the security and protection of citizens or to efficiently manage public affairs. In this framework, the geographical focus is particularly on Africa but some operations are also undertaken in Europe and the Middle East.

Fig.1. The share of development efforts by geographical area (%).

Source: Enabel – Activity Report 2020-2021: Breakdown of activities.

Enabel carries out development activities across six interlinked action themes and nine sectors that relate to climate change, human mobility, and peace. It is important to mention that Enabel has fully aligned its strategy and global framework to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were launched in September 2015 by the United Nations. Thus, the agency prioritizes sustainable human development as its general objective and assumes the role of the Belgian expertise hub in promoting and achieving the SDGs.

Fig.2. Enabel’s action themes

Source: Enabel – Activity Report 2020-2021: Action themes.

Despite the fragile environments on the African continent, Enabel reports having had an impressive impact as a result of its projects. Tens of thousands of farmland hectares have been rehabilitated, over 12,000 hectares have been re-forested and millions of people have benefited from improved waste collection infrastructures while hundreds of thousands now have adequate health insurance. These are just few of the achievements of the agency.

For more details, explore the 2020 – 2021 Activity Report or attend the webinar to ask specific questions that are of interest.

Invitation to a Webinar

DevelopmentAid invites you to attend a thematic webinar on “Doing Business with the Belgian Development Agency” that will take place on 24 March 2022 at 4 pm (Brussels) / 10 am (Washington DC).


Lucas Van Geel, Procurement Partner at Enabel

Lucas has worked as a procurement partner at Enabel since April 2021. He is responsible for all procurement-related support to partner countries and interventions in the East and Central Africa regions as well as in the Middle East. Before joining Enabel, Lucas was a procurement expert at the Brussels Regional Environmental Agency and a legal advisor at the Brussels Regional Information Centre. He holds a Master’s degree in public law from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

Foreword by:

Inge Janssens, Coordinator of Public Procurement at Enabel

Inge has worked for Enabel for over 13 years and for the last six years she has coordinated all public procurement operations. Inge holds a Master’s degree in law from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.


Ion Ilasco, External Relations & Events at DevelopmentAid.

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