Portuguese co-operation is based a model of traditionally decentralised co-operation involving multiple entities, both state and non-governmental, that "think, execute and provide financial resources for co-operation".
Its purpose is to increase co-ordination and actions of coherence involving national entities through a single approach, which is aligned and instrumental to foreign policy and the interests of partner countries. Besides reinforcing the role of the CIC and the DCF, it comprises the two clusters (security and defence; energy and the environment) in the interest of national interventions that are central to the promotion of sustainable development in partner countries.
Co-ordination is particularly relevant at a time when public resources are considerably more limited, with a growth in the dynamics of entities who are developing activities of co-operation and development in partner countries.
Improving and strengthening situations through co-ordination and communication is therefore a matter of the utmost importance and one that also contributes to the creation of synergies between the various instruments and resources, regardless of the source of funding from central government.
The Development Co-operation Forum (DCF) helps establish the consistency and complementarity of Portuguese co-operation, thus allowing for reflection and dialogue between the state, local administration and society with the aim of creating common projects, partnerships, proposals and opinions on co-operation.