Principal Office: Greece
Within the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Development Cooperation Department (YDAS — also known as Hellenic Aid) is responsible for oversight of the country’s development assistance and humanitarian aid. However, Greece’s annual aid budget is planned and disbursed by several ministries.
Greek development assistance includes projects and activities for agricultural development, aquaculture, water and sanitation, prevention of natural disasters, renewable energy, and climate change. However, these areas are only modestly represented in Hellenic Aid.
Most bilateral development assistance is directed to the Balkans region, Middle East, and Caucasus region.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
1 – Support to Organizations in Greece. Hellenic Aid offers co-funding to government ministries and civil society organizations in Greece to participate in development activities.
2 — Civil Society in the Developing Countries. Some Greek embassies, particularly in the Balkan countries, administer a Small Projects Fund.
Link to Greek diplomatic missions
3 — Hellenic Aid Scholarships. In coordination with the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Hellenic Aid provides scholarships to students from developing countries for graduate and post-graduate studies at Greek universities and technological institutes.
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
The top recipients of Greek bilateral aid in year 2015 are identified below, using the regional classification of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
Eurasia and Central Asia: Georgia, Iran, Turkey
Eastern Europe and Russia: Albania, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine
Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Syria
Sub-Saharan Africa: Dem Rep Congo
Hellenic Aid’s website is available in Greek only.
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