The project work of the Liechtenstein Development Service (LED) is guided by the basic principle of sustainability, partnership-based relationships and the promotion of taking responsibility. The partnerships are based on shared values and goals, on trust and on transparency. The collaboration must have a broad impact and be non-discriminatory; it must rely on the basis of human rights, the rule of law, democracy, security and peace.
Focusing the projects on the sustainable development goals of the Agenda 2030 promotes the impact of the global partnership for effective development cooperation. All project planning, realisation and monitoring is designed to focus on effectiveness, is carried out to high professional standards and prioritises the long-term improvement of the living conditions in the recipient countries.
The realisation of development cooperation projects is the most extensive of the LED's areas of responsibility. Every year, around 90% of the available funds are spent on the two categories «Major projects» and «Small-scale projects». Approximately half of this funding is used to support the world's LDC, the least developed countries.
The LED spends a substantial proportion of its resources on the realisation of development projects that meet the following criteria:
- The planned projects are located in a key country and focus on one of the topics in the LED's key sectors. Support is also given to international potential projects that address one of these topics.
- They must take the LED's cross-cutting issues into account to an appropriate extent and are related to the sustainable development goals of the Agenda 2030.
- They are designed to have a relevant and significant impact and are usually planned and carried out for several years in project phases and also in accordance with the latest project management standards.
- The projects are designed to promote independent development, are developed together with the locals, who are involved on a participative basis, and also co-supported by them.
- They undertake to file regular reports and to undergo an annual external audit. They are implemented by experienced local organisations. They are evaluated externally on a regular basis.
- They liaise with the LED and the LED coordination offices or an experienced development organisation from Europe.
The following applies to small-scale projects – i.e. funding of up to CHF 25,000:
- The projects must be managed, and the funding must be applied for, by Liechtenstein-based institutions. The Liechtenstein-based applicants are responsible for the realisation and monitoring of the project.
- They have a positive impact on women, social justice and the environment.
- They are not limited to the LED's key countries or sectors.
- They tend to have a short-term character.
- They present a plan that illustrates the problem and the envisaged solution (goals, target groups, activities, funds).
- They undertake to present truthful reports.
- They meet the regulation requirements.
«Regulations for small-scale projects»
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For all small-scale project related matters, please contact:
T +423 782 09 75