EU Funds for Development CooperationEU Funds for Development Cooperation (DG DEVCO and DG NEAR)
Global trends for 2014-2020
- Decrease of use of calls for proposals (more targeted, higher thresholds, use of sub-granting) (IMDA & PAGODA)
- Selective use of blending in some thematic programmes
- Increase size of projects & reduce number of contracts
EU financial instruments for external cooperation
Download here the list of financial instruments for development cooperation, giving an overview of the total amount for 2014-2020.
What are the guiding principles of the European Commission Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DG DEVCO) to increase its efficiency?
DG DEVCO is responsible for designing EU development policies and delivering aid through programmes and projects across the world. It incorporates the former Development and Europeaid DGs.
1) In accordance with the recently adopted EU’s Development policy called the "Agenda for Change” (2012), the EU will further insist on country ownership and will synchronize programming between EU and its Member States whenever possible. Concretely, it means that EU programming will be based on national development plans of partner countries. If the partner country encounters difficulties to draw a national/regional development plan or if it doesn’t provide sufficient basis for programming by the EU, the EU will be able to come up with a Country/Region Strategy Paper.
2) Principle of "differentiation”: the EU will target countries that are in the greatest need of external support and where it can really make a difference (least developed countries, low income countries, countries in crisis, post-crisis, fragile and vulnerable situation). It means that traditional aid (ODA) from the EU will no longer exist for certain partner countries and will be replaced by other type of cooperation. (e.g.: technical assistance). It will be applied first for 17 Middle Income Countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Thailand, Venezuela and Uruguay) and 2 large Lower Middle Income Countries whose GDP is larger than 1% of global GDP (India, Indonesia). These 17 countries will still benefit from the New Partnership instrument (PI) which will allow the EU to address challenges with industrialized countries, emerging economies and underpin new relationship with countries graduating from bilateral development cooperation. While the EU focuses more on giving the EU strategy a global reach, it should also engage and position itself in facing inequalities in term of aid allocation, instruments and aid objectives (e.g: inequalities, decent work and social protection, women participation, service delivery, …).
3) Three sectors had been chosen per country based on the priorities and needs of the partner countries, experience in the past cooperation, coherence between development and other policies.
4) The EU actors will consider the following priorities in national development plans to align to Human rights, democracy and good governance; Inclusive and sustainable growth benefiting and advancing the majority of the population; cross cutting issues likes climate change, gender equality, children’s rights or global health.
5) Good governance and the role of Civil Society Organisations
For the European Commission, when it comes to policy and funding modalities, Red Cross National Societies are seen as Civil Society Organisations. The EU recognises the CSOs as development actors in their own rights and stresses the need to increase local CSOs’ capacity to perform their roles as independent actors more effectively. Therefore, the emphasis of the EU policy is on CSOs' engagement to build stronger democratic processes and accountability systems and to achieve better development outcomes.
Red Cross engagement
Depending on your level of engagement with the EU Delegations Red Cross can: • Request information on the process: what is the exact deadline for the EU Delegation to produce the MIP ? How will they do it ? How do they plan to consult civil society organisations in the process?
• If there is no formal consultation process for CSOs, request a meeting to the Head of Delegation and/or Head of Development Section
• Get in touch with your government to share our priorities: the Ministry of Finance (for African, Caribbean and Pacific Country) or the Ministry of International cooperation is the leading Ministry for negotiations. In addition, you may also want to interact with other Ministries (of Health, of Education, of Agriculture) to influence the lead Ministry on the EU budget negotiations
• Raise the topic at Red Cross level in the relevant coordination meeting in country (either by IFRC country representation or EUNS) together with the Host National Society.
Depending on your level of engagement with the EU Delegations Red Cross can:
• Request information on the process: what is the exact deadline for the EU Delegation to produce the MIP ? How will they do it ? How do they plan to consult civil society organisations in the process?
Red Cross key messages
• More and better funding (predictable, core financial support) should be allocated to CSOs to strengthen domestic accountability;
• EU aid should futher support the promotion of a Human Rights Based Approach to development and an enabling environment for civil society in partner countries including freedom of assembly and association, the freedom of opinion and expression;
• The EU should further provide timely and sufficient information in an opened and transparent way to enable civil society organizations to be meaningfully engaged in decision-making processes at all levels;
• The involvement of civil society organizations in the different stages of the programming dialogue should be ensured.
- Funding instruments (DEVCO/DG NEAR)
- Extra resources on the EuropeAid funding instruments can be accessed here.
- Timely informing and gathering intelligence for each funding instruments: