South Africa and Flanders have been working in close cooperation with each other since 1994 in the fields of culture, research and innovation, trade, education, language, human rights and youth policy. Plenty of actors are involved, including public departments, education and research institutions, cultural actors, NGOs, companies and private partners.
South Africa is also one of the three priority countries of Flemish development cooperation, besides Mozambique and Malawi. Flanders enters into dialogue with the South African government and concludes a five-year country strategy paper to set out the cooperation framework. We focus on the development of SMEs and support social innovations and entrepreneurs who provide a response to societal challenges. We devote attention to the effects of climate change on society and are committed to enhancing resilience in the most vulnerable groups.