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Asia & Central Asia


Asia is a crucial partner for the EU, politically, economically, and culturally. The region accounts for more than half of the world’s population, a quarter of the economic wealth created every year, and is home to ostelifefour of the ten largest economies in the world (Japan, China, India and Korea) yet countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Burma/Myanmar remain among the poorest. Poverty remains a significant challenge as this region remains home to two-thirds of the world’s poorest people. Other challenges, such as climate change, environmental degradation, avian flu, and illicit trade, exist in many countries but have also become regional issues.


In January 2007, the Development Co-operation Instrument (DCI) became the legal basis for EU-Asia development co-operation, replacing the ALA Regulation for Asia and the Tacis Regulation for Central Asia. A global allocation of €5.187 million has been made to Asia for the next seven years, 2007-2013. The programmable funding is allocated as follows: 81% to development assistance for individual countries, 16% to regional assistance, and 3% as a reserve.


The DCI includes geographic programmes for Asia and Central Asia complemented by the following five, global, thematic programmes: Investing in People (diseases, health, gender, education, culture, employment and youth); Environment (and sustainable use of natural resources); Non-State Actors/Local Authorities in Development; Food Security; and Migration and Asylum.


More information

ECRAAL - European Centre for Research in Asia, Africa and Latin America
Rond Point Schuman 6, 1040 Brussels - Scotland House
Tel: +32 2 282 84 16