Republic of Cyprus

Development Cooperation Policy

Cyprus’ development cooperation policy is aligned with that of the European Union. The overarching objective is the promotion of the Millennium Development Goals.

The bilateral development cooperation programme of the Cyprus Government has been designed on the basis of best practices and more particularly on the model of delegated cooperation. The aim is to contribute to efforts to achieve a high level of aid effectiveness within the global development architecture.

Cyprus’ first mid-term development aid programme, 2006-2011, focused on the following priority countries: Autonomous Palestinian Authority, Bosnia Herzegovina, Egypt, Lebanon, Lesotho, Mali, and Yemen. The sectors selected included infrastructure, social services (health, education, development of human capital) and the environment.

The mid-term programme also included technical assistance in the form of scholarships. The countries which participated in this programme include: Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cuba, East Timor, Georgia, the Gambia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Pakistan, Seychelles, the Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Cyprus also contributes for the period of 2009-2015 to innovative financing for development and in particular to UNITAID.

For the period 2010-2013 it is also participating in the fast-start financing mechanism for climate change.

As an EU Member State, Cyprus participates in defining the European and Global Development policies. Since 2011 Cyprus contributes substantial resources to the EU Development Budget.

The mechanism which decides Cyprus’ development policy – Cyprus Aid - was set up in 2005. It comprises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and the Planning Bureau. It is chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The Planning Bureau is tasked with the implementation of Cyprus’ development cooperation policy. More information can be found at their website:

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