LuxDev is the Luxembourg Agency for Development Cooperation. A private limited company (société anonyme) with its head office in Luxembourg, its shareholders are the Luxembourg state (98%) and the Société nationale des Crédits à l'Investissement (2%). Its private status makes it possible for the Agency to work in a dynamic and flexible way. Its board of directors is made up of representatives of the Luxembourg government, professional associations, unions, the federation of development NGOs, two private individuals and the Agency's managing director.
In 2008, the Agency celebrated its 30th birthday. Over the last 15 years it has experienced continuous and sustained growth. It now counts approximately 60 staff members working at the head office in Luxembourg as well as about 30 staff working at the six regional representations and on the programmes. Just under 100 professional consultants and a handful of interns also contribute their skills as part of the implementation of the projects and programmes in the field.
LuxDev manages most of the resources allocated by the Luxembourg government to public development aid, within a strictly bilateral framework. In addition to this main task, the state may call upon the Agency to carry out one-off operations relating to emergency aid, other tasks within the sphere of development cooperation and any other international cooperation missions. LuxDev also manages programmes funded by other bilateral donors and by the European Commission through mechanisms such as 'indirect centralised management' or 'facilities'.
The Agency concentrates mainly on Luxembourg development cooperation's 9 privileged partner countries, which is a list defined by the Luxembourg government primarily on the basis of the human development index (HDI) as published by the UNDP: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Cape Verde, Laos, Vietnam, Nicaragua and El Salvador. It should be noted that five of these nine countries are in sub-Saharan Africa. LuxDev also works with other countries receiving support from Luxembourg development cooperation: in Africa (Rwanda); in the Balkans (Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro) and in Asia (Mongolia). It should be noted that a policy of geographical concentration is continued with the programmed withdrawal from El Salvador.
Taking its inspiration from the millennium development goals (MDGs), Luxembourg development cooperation focuses on three key sectors: health; education, including vocational training and job integration; and integrated local development, including various aspects such as water and sanitation, decentralisation and microfinance. LuxDev has naturally developed these sectors, as well as three cross-cutting issues selected by Luxembourg development cooperation (gender equality, the environment and good governance) into its spheres of specialisation.
The relationship between LuxDev and the Luxembourg state is governed by a convention, which was renewed in October 2008. This convention stipulates that in carrying out its tasks, the Agency shall abide by the political commitments made by the state at the international level, including the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the Accra Agenda for Action, the European Consensus on Development and the European Union Code of Conduct on Complementarity and the Division of Labour in Development Policy.