ADELANTE Programme



Development Cooperation




01 - No Poverty, 02 - Zero Hunger, 03 - Good Health and Well-being, 04 - Quality Education, 05 - Gender Equality, 08 - Decent Work and Economic Growth, 09 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 10 - Reduced Inequalities, 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production, 16 - Peace and Justice Strong Institutions, 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Organization Type

Regional Organization



ADELANTE is the European Union’s flagship programme on triangular cooperation, launched in 2015 with a budget of 10,063,365 million. Fostering horizontal relations between Latin America and the Caribbean countries and of these with Europe is one of its missions, while encouraging the exchange of knowledge and taking advantage of the capacity of all of its partners to provide solutions aimed at the sustainable development of the region. The European Commission launched a call for proposals that resulted in the co-financing of 8 projects that involve 54 organizations from 18 LAC countries, in addition to several European institutions..

A new form of partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean

A programme that is committed to Triangular Cooperation as an innovative partnership modality, which co-finances projects in different thematic areas, in several countries and with diverse types of stakeholders, starting from different means of collaboration among them and with different intervention strategies. This broad universe allows to produce evidence of the added value of Triangular Cooperation in all environments, feeding the debate on its efficient contribution to sustainable development.

Alignment with the 2030 Agenda and contribution to the SDGs

The 8 projects currently funded by the ADELANTE Programme directly contribute to 9 Sustainable Development Goals and 27 of their targets.

The main contribution is towards SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions); however, there are also significant contributions to SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), SDG 17 (Partnerships), and special attention to SDG 5 (Gender Equality), which are all pillars of the 2030 Agenda and thus, cornerstones of the ADELANTE Programme.

We believe that triangular cooperation is an innovative means of association, which is coherent with Agenda 2030 and the principles of effective development cooperation.

Strategic relations

In addition to fostering an open dialogue with the development cooperation institutions of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, ADELANTE nurtures strategic relations with the main actors of triangular cooperation in the region: ECLAC, SEGIB, PIFCSS, OCDE, OCDE-DC, GPI, GIZ, AECID... ADELANTE is also part of the overarching discussions on the promotion and the future of Triangular Cooperation through its active participation in dialogues and forums on the matter.

As such, ADELANTE has made substantial contributions to the Global Partnership Initiative (GPI) on Effective Triangular Cooperation by sharing case studies, lessons learned and good practices. It has also been part of international forums such as the Global South-South Development Expo in 2018, and the Buenos Aires Plan of Action BAPA+40 summit in 2019, where it was publicly validated by its peers, confirming that it is on the right track to furthering Triangular Cooperation.

A dedicated Technical Assistance Team

ADELANTE has a Technical Assistance (TA) team that accompany the programme and projects lending their knowledge and experience in the field of development. The TA works in three main areas: project management assistance, support in the search for synergies with the key actors in the region and support in the communication and visibility of the programme and the projects.

This new pilot programme was drafted to support the design and implementation of public policies through peer-learning and triangular cooperation among countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region. This approach offers an opportunity to work together in less developed countries, building upon the experience acquired by those countries transitioning into higher levels of income. After two years of implementation, it is possible to affirm that the EU’s triangular co-operation through ADELANTE is:

  • Contributing to scale up the application of policies that have been effective for some countries in the region;

  • Facilitating regional exchanges aimed at searching shared solutions to the problems of development and social exclusion;

  • Allowing renewed partnerships with many middle-income countries that were beneficiaries and now providers of assistance; and

  • Establishing an implementation channel for development co-operation, which is not an end in itself but a tool to deliver the SDGs.

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