Whither EC Aid? Key emerging issues Gw é na ë lle Corre ECDPM
Project background <ul><li>The EC plays a crucial role in EU development cooperation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As a facilitato...
Project background <ul><li>Joint ECDPM/ActionAid project </li></ul><ul><li>Objective : reposition debate on monitoring eff...
Initial Discussion Note Audience: limited to key stakeholders  Interviews with 30 key stakeholders Literature Review of 40...
Stocktaking of perspectives <ul><li>Result of limited stocktaking of views </li></ul><ul><li>Based on the standard type of...
Structuring the issues <ul><li>Key issues on EC aid: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main concepts & policy priorities </li></ul></u...
Main concepts & policy priorities <ul><li>Lack of common understanding on objectives (poverty eradication or broader polic...
How do aid architecture and management support priorities? <ul><li>Procedures (financial regulations, disbursement) </li><...
Added value of EC aid compared to bilateral cooperation <ul><li>The EC as a ‘developer of development policy’  </li></ul><...
Accountability <ul><li>EC as a one-of-a-kind donor </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple accountabilities & different demands </li></...
Emerging issues: Ownership and partnership <ul><li>Partners’ ownership goes beyond partners’ governments: need to include ...
Implications <ul><li>Lack of common understanding on concepts and priorities hampers assessment of EC aid effectiveness </...
Gwen Corre [email_address] European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 21 NL 6211 HE ...
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Wither EC aid? Key emerging issues

  1. 1. Whither EC Aid? Key emerging issues Gw é na ë lle Corre ECDPM
  2. 2. Project background <ul><li>The EC plays a crucial role in EU development cooperation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As a facilitator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As a sizeable donor in its own right </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But it is not systematically reviewed as a donor which perfomance depends of MS decision </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Global agenda: from Accra meeting to the New Treaty and forthcoming set up of the European external common service </li></ul>
  3. 3. Project background <ul><li>Joint ECDPM/ActionAid project </li></ul><ul><li>Objective : reposition debate on monitoring effectiveness of EC development cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Qualitative approach : focus on debate about policy and practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cf. CDI: issues mostly related to ‘aid’ component of the Index </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Timeline : interviews and literature review (May-Oct.); initial discussion note and consultation (Nov-Jan); launch of the report (early 2008). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Initial Discussion Note Audience: limited to key stakeholders Interviews with 30 key stakeholders Literature Review of 40 sources e-Consultation European roundtables Southern debates & workshops Bibliography Key recommendations Reactions on roundtables & workshops Key events calendar Comments on discussion note Final Report Audience: initially 500 stakeholders directly associated Multiplying effect of the e-consultation Dissemination of information by participants to the roundtables C O N S U L T A T I V E P R O C E S S D Y N AM I C PHASE 1: Research PHASE 2 : PHASE 3 : Consultation
  5. 5. Stocktaking of perspectives <ul><li>Result of limited stocktaking of views </li></ul><ul><li>Based on the standard type of questions: </li></ul><ul><li>added value; aid allocation mechanisms; efficiency of delivery process; effectiveness; ownership and partnership; coherence, complementarity and coordination (3 Cs); accountability; monitoring and evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Statements hereafter reflect (recurring) opinions of interviewees and authors </li></ul>
  6. 6. Structuring the issues <ul><li>Key issues on EC aid: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main concepts & policy priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do aid architecture and management support priorities? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Added value of EC aid compared to bilateral cooperation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accountability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ownership and partnership </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Main concepts & policy priorities <ul><li>Lack of common understanding on objectives (poverty eradication or broader policy mix) </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of common understanding on what constitutes EC’s added value and comparative advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Uncertainty over criteria and methodology to assess effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>How can EC evaluation tools evolve towards more impact oriented assessment? </li></ul>
  8. 8. How do aid architecture and management support priorities? <ul><li>Procedures (financial regulations, disbursement) </li></ul><ul><li>Brussels versus field competencies (deconcentration) </li></ul><ul><li>Diffuse responsibilities: DEV, RELEX, AIDCO, ECHO </li></ul><ul><li>Staff capacity (numbers, skills, quality) and other systemic constraints </li></ul>
  9. 9. Added value of EC aid compared to bilateral cooperation <ul><li>The EC as a ‘developer of development policy’ </li></ul><ul><li>Federating role in the field </li></ul><ul><li>Promote implementation of 3 C’s </li></ul><ul><li>Risks of improved EU coordination </li></ul>
  10. 10. Accountability <ul><li>EC as a one-of-a-kind donor </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple accountabilities & different demands </li></ul><ul><li>Donor accountability to the recipient </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency of decision making and communication of results </li></ul>
  11. 11. Emerging issues: Ownership and partnership <ul><li>Partners’ ownership goes beyond partners’ governments: need to include other stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation is better tackled in the field , but EC is poorly equipped to handle the political interface in the field </li></ul><ul><li>Necessary to simplify, harmonise and align procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Risk of instrumentalising partners </li></ul>
  12. 12. Implications <ul><li>Lack of common understanding on concepts and priorities hampers assessment of EC aid effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>EC as a federator and catalyst of EU development cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Unique accountability is being questioned </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection needed on how to enable broad-based partner ownership </li></ul>
  13. 13. Gwen Corre [email_address] European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 21 NL 6211 HE Maastricht The Netherlands Tel: + 31 43 350 2900 (general) Fax: + 31 43 350 2902 Website: http:// www.ecdpm.org

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