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Enabel, the new name of the Belgian development agency

Vincenza Ferrigno
15 January 2018
From 1 January 2018, the Belgian Technical Cooperation, known as BTC, has become Enabel. The name change takes place within the framework of a reform of the Belgian Development Cooperation. The agency will now enjoy greater autonomy and gain more competences to face its broader mandate.


Enabel is the new name for the development agency of the Belgian government responsible for implementing Belgium's international development policy. Its objectives are now more closely aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. As such it will help its partners to set up initiatives that will make sustainable development a reality. To this end, the agency offers its own expertise as well as Belgian public expertise, while also promoting dialogue between all the actors involved in order to establish the best possible partnerships.

Enabel is committed to progress and aims to contribute to a sustainable world for all, where everyone enjoys rights and freedoms. The agency is always ready to give a helping hand to the countries that would like to make this mission theirs. It has therefore chosen to use a name based on the English verb "to enable", which means facilitate, allow or even empower. But the real play on words lies in the final -bel, deliberately chosen to recall the beginning of the word "Belgium".

Enabel logo

The new name thus contains the very essence of the agency, alluding to its role of facilitating progress, development and cooperation and to its Belgian link, clearly present in the logo as well. Indeed, the bird in the three national colours stands for Enabel's vision as it symbolizes the autonomy and the freedom to develop and make one's own choices, both essential conditions for accomplishing its mission.