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.

The 2019 edition highlights the growing inequality, and in particular the way in which it can be reduced in accordance with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations member states in the 2030 Agenda. These goals are aimed at eradicating poverty in all its forms in all countries, protect the planet and guarantee the prosperity of everyone.

As in every edition, the theme is presented in a varied program of conferences, exhibitions, film clubs, creative workshops, artistic installations,...

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 100,000 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.

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.