Innovation, flexibility and a horizontal approach

Drawing on all the lessons learned from the implementation of the first phase, the European Union is launching ADELANTE 2, an innovative Triangular Cooperation Programme with Latin America and the Caribbean, whose key objective is to contribute to the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda by strengthening regional cooperation initiatives.

ADELANTE 2 builds on the experience of the previous four years, focusing on the growing dialogue on Triangular Cooperation at the international level. It will align with the best practices observed in the previous Programme, along with those of other partners, pursuing a more strategic approach and continuing to ensure ownership by recipient or beneficiary countries, to advance towards inclusive and sustainable development.

In upholding the principles of innovation, flexibility and a horizontal approach, the Programme:

  • Will serve as a demand-driven tool to enable the European Union to mobilise targeted, flexible, rapid and tailor-made support to help Latin American and Caribbean countries make steps towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Also aims to maximise the impact of different European Union initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Will contribute to fostering policy coherence for development and provide opportunities to expand strategic relations between Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union in areas of mutual interest, thus enhancing the added value of European Union cooperation in the region.

Resource mobilisation through three components

In order to approach Triangular Cooperation from different perspectives, ADELANTE 2 is structured around three components:

  • A key component of Operational support, which will implement the ADELANTE Triangular Cooperation Window European Union - Latin America and the Caribbean, and which will receive Triangular Cooperation Initiatives that can be presented by Partnerships formed by European and Latin American and Caribbean entities of all fields and sectors.
  • An Analytical support component, which will work together with the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) to develop a series of studies and analyses in the field of Triangular Cooperation.
  • A component of Institutional support, which will make it possible to establish bilateral Triangular Cooperation funds with certain countries, which may be derived from previous activities or added to cooperation experiences already underway.

Undoubtedly, the mobilisation of resources for ADELANTE 2 through these three pillars is yet another example of the European Union's commitment to strengthening its partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean, a diverse region where multiple development realities exist side by side. It is precisely that diversity that provides the region with the perfect opportunity to continue exploring the potential for initiatives and experiences, dialogue and good practices. Thus, ADELANTE 2 represents the ideal framework through which to contribute to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, with the commitment to leaving no one behind through Triangular Cooperation.


ADELANTE 2 is a direct management programme of the Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA), which has a dedicated International Technical Assistance Team in charge of, among other tasks, implementing the ADELANTE Triangular Cooperation Window European Union - Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Opening of the ADELANTE Window 2021: 24 May

The ADELANTE Triangular Cooperation Window European Union - Latin America and the Caribbean 2021 - 2024, with an indicative global budget of 5.000.000 euros allocated by the European Union, is a funding instrument that seeks to mobilise and channel resources towards partnerships or alliances between entities in Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean that respond to the Triangular Cooperation modality and whose ultimate goal is the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and a more inclusive and sustainable development. It is a demand-driven instrument that aims to be agile and flexible, with a 'rapid response' approach. The ADELANTE Window has an expected duration of four years, with the overall budget being implemented through announcements or 'annual windows' over the years 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024.

The ADELANTE Window is open to Triangular Cooperation Partnerships made up of European, Latin American and Caribbean entities from all spheres (public, private business, social, academic, etc.), as well as regional, international, multilateral, and financial organisations, with each entity fulfilling one of the roles inherent to Triangular Cooperation: Beneficiary, First provider, and Second provider.

The ADELANTE Window is open to Initiatives linked to all the Sustainable Development Goals and comprising activities such as the organisation of events (congresses, seminars, workshops), the undertaking of missions (consultancies, study visits, and internships), studies, and the participation in courses, as long as they have an evident Triangular Cooperation character and a substantial impact on the 2030 Agenda. Once approved, the ADELANTE Team, in full coordination with the Partnership and its member entities, will directly manage the funds, thus ensuring greater agility, in line with the 'rapid response' approach. The working languages will be English and Spanish, with all reference documents also available in Portuguese.

Announcement: The opening of the first annual window, the ADELANTE 2021 Window, will take place on Monday, 24 May. From that day on, Triangular Cooperation Partnerships will be able to submit their proposals, or Triangular Cooperation Initiatives, through the ADELANTE Extranet, an online platform for the management of Initiatives explicitly designed for this purpose.

Documents and enquiries:

Guidelines for applicants:


2021 Specific rules:


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