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International solidarity

The City of Brussels organizes various campaigns and events on international solidarity. Each year, there's also a call for projects.

During the Fortnight of International Solidarity, the City of Brussels offers a wide range of actions to inform and raise awareness on international solidarity. The activities that are set up during these 2 weeks are also a showcase of the vitality of the associations in Brussels.

Edition 2021 is dedicated to Decent Work in a sustainable and inclusive economy. Access to decent work is a major challenge of the 21st century. Our globalized economy and the absence of a global normative framework put workers in competition with each other. As a result, labor has become a factor of production like others, which are increasingly under pressure in all production chains.

As in every edition, the theme is presented in a varied program of debates, concerts, performances, exhibitions, films, workshops,...

The City of Brussels buys products resulting from fair trade, in particular coffee, fruit juices, sugar and tea, with labels like Fairtrade Belgium and Made in Dignity.

Each year, the City of Brussels participates in the Week of Fair Trade by proposing meals with ingredients stemming from the fair trade to restaurants and by informing the public about the principle and the philosophy of fair trade.

The City of Brussels is one of first capitals which carries the title of City of Fair Trade. The municipal authority, the companies, the hotels and restaurants, the associations, the schools, the inhabitants promote and consume products stemming from a more fair trade.

Are you part of an association, an NGO or are you a Brussels player committed to international solidarity? Do you want to set up international cooperation projects? Do you want to inform and raise awareness among Brussels residents about global development issues?

The City of Brussels has a budget of 150,000 euros to encourage international development projects or local projects about global education.

The call is annual. The rules and forms are published on this website during the first quarter.


The City of Brussels is actively involved in partnerships with cities in the South.


In 2002, the City of Brussels decided to collaborate with the City of Kinshasa around the strengthening of urban administration. The areas of cooperation are civil registration and population, cleaning, health and culture.


In 2007, the City chose to also support projects in Morocco, especially in Tangier, Azemmour and Al Hoceima. It involves projects in education, health, culture, and nature.

Under the impulse of its Advisory Council for International Solidarity, the City of Brussels joined the Amnesty International Villes Lumières network in 2015. This network brings together cities and municipalities that wish to demonstrate their commitment to respecting and defending a range of human rights, such as the right to security, to equality between men and women, to freedom of conscience and religion, to freedom of assembly and association or the freedom to form a union, culture, housing and domicile, water and food and, finally, sustainable urban development.

Via this network, a municipality can adopt one or more 'people in danger', because they are deprived of one or more of these rights.

Hamid Babaei

In 2015, the City of Brussels decided to support Hamid Babaei. Babaei is an Iranian PhD student from the ULg who was imprisoned in his country for 6 years in 2013 for attacking national security through communication with hostile states (Belgium).

In reality, he was then criticized for not agreeing to mentor other Iranian students who were also studying in Belgium. He was released in 2019 and finally got his visa to return to Liège and continue his thesis.

Raif Badawi and Loujain al-Hathloul

In January 2021, the City decided to adopt two new people in danger: Raif Badawi and Loujain al-Hathloul.

Support to Loujain al-Hathloul and Raif Badawi

Raif Badawi is a Saudi writer and blogger who created the website Free Saudi Liberals in 2008 on which he campaigned for a moral liberalization of Saudi Arabia. In 2012 he was charged with apostasy and insulting Islam and sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes.

Loujain al-Hathloul, also detained in Saudi Arabia, is a Saudi women's rights activist who was first arrested in 2014 on the basis of laws prohibiting women from driving in Saudi Arabia. In May 2018, she was detained for communicating with about 20 foreign journalists present in her country and for applying for a post at the UN.

On 28 December 2020, she was sentenced to 5 years and 8 months in prison by a court specializing in anti-terrorism cases. She was found guilty of various activities prohibited by the Anti-Terrorism Act. Loujain al-Hathloul was finally released on 10 February 2021.

The non-profit organization Brissi has received a mandate from the City of Brussels to organize and undertake development cooperation projects and North-South relations, at a local and international level.