The preparation of documents relating to Portuguese co-operation with partner countries should be aligned with their development strategies and, where possible, synchronised with local budgets.

The programming process should contribute to achieving the goal of establishing rule of law, particularly in situations of fragility and post-conflict.

It’s also important that they provide new impetus for society to get involved in discussions concerning policy, defining strategy and implementing programmes.

Portuguese co-operation recognises how important development funding is in order to establish the capacity of partner countries to more effectively plan and manage their development programmes.


In order to strengthen the coherence and co-ordination of Portuguese co-operation, along with the relationship between the various entities involved, two clusters have been introduced, one in the area of Security and Defence and the other relating to Energy and the Environment. The definition and operation of these clusters are part of the Permanent Secretariat of the Inter-ministerial Commission for Co-operation.

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Programming cycle

The defining programming principles are as follows:


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Strategic Co-operation Programmes

Strategic Co-operation Programme - Portugal and Guinea-Bissau (2014-2020)

This Strategic Co-operation Programme stems from the political will of the Portuguese and Guinea Bissau governments to extend their co-operative relationship until 2020, representing an important contribution to stability, rule of law and good governance as well as the eradication of poverty with the aim of creating sustainable development in Guinea-Bissau and under the terms of the Action Plan signed in November 2014.

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