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Framework contract Beneficiaries 2013

Europaid - Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:50

The Framework Contract BENEF 2013 is valid from 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2015.

 

Detailed Description of lots

 

List of all consortium members

 

Contact details of the Framework Contractors

Mailbox: europeaid-fwc-benef@ec.europa.eu

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ACP - multi-country cooperation - Water

Europaid - Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:47

The ACP-EU Water Facility was set up in 2004, with the principal objective of providing water and basic sanitation to the poor, and to improve water management governance in African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

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ACP - Main funding programmes

Europaid - Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:47

By tackling poverty, boosting local economies and strengthening governance, the EU supports millions of people in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The EU provides development assistance to secure the long-term future of developing countries which face the rigours of operating in an ever more complex and fast-paced global economy.

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Asia - Education and science

Europaid - Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:47
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Asia - Association for South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Europaid - Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:47

The Association for South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established to foster economic growth, social progress and cultural development, while promoting regional peace and stability. The European Union is committed to cultivating closer links with the association and decided on €65 million as direct support to its activities. In addition ASEAN Member States benefit from a range of other regional and thematic actions in areas such as climate change, environment, food security, higher education, disaster management, humanitarian assistance and scientific cooperation.

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ACP - The Cotonou Agreement

Europaid - Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:47

The ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000, was concluded for a 20-year period from 2000 to 2020. It is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU. Since 2000, it has been the framework for EU's relations with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).

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ACP - multi-country cooperation - Energy

Europaid - Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:47

Africa is the continent where energy poverty hits the hardest. In the Sub-Saharan region, 30% of the population have access to electricity and 17% to modern cooking fuels, hence access to clean and safe energy for their basic needs such as cooking, lighting, communication, health and lighting. The EU is therefore giving special attention to energy issues in the context of its partnership with Africa.

EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund

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Latin America - @LIS II - ALliance for the Information Society

Europaid - Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:47

@LIS II is a European Commission Programme aiming at the promotion of the Information Society and to fight the digital divide throughout Latin America. Adopted by decision of the European Commission on 16th October 2008, the @LIS II programme had a budget of € 31.35 million of which € 22 million (69.8%) financed by the European Commission.

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Latin America - COPOLAD - Cooperation Programme on Drugs Policies with EU

Europaid - Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:47

COPOLAD is a cooperation programme aiming at strengthening the bi-regional dialogue between the European Union and Latin America, consolidating the EU-Latin America and Caribbean Coordination and Cooperation Mechanism on Drugs and contributing to improve the coherence, balance and impact of drugs policies in Latin America. The programme duration is 42 months, starting from December 2010. It is entirely financed by the EU with a total budget of 6,579,786.74 EUR.

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Latin America - AL-INVEST - an initiative to support the internationalisation of SMEs

Europaid - Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:47
AL-INVEST is an economic co-operation programme that aims to support the internationalisation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America, in collaboration with their European partners in order to contribute to reinforce social cohesion in the region.   By directly funding projects for organisations that represent and promote private sector development (PSD), such as Chambers of Commerce, Trade Associations, Export-Promotion Agencies, etc.), the AL-INVEST Programme facilitates the process of internationalisation of LA SMEs.
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Knowledge sharing platform: capacity4dev.eu

Europaid - Thu, 08/01/2013 - 17:53
Knowledge sharing is a key driver for Capacity Development both on donors’ side and on the aid recipients side. It facilitates exchange on practices, and messages that promote ownership, change and results.
The knowledge sharing platform Capacity4dev emerged in 2009 as a direct outcome of the Backbone Strategy on the Technical Cooperation Reform, and has since continuously evolved to become EuropeAid’s corporate knowledge sharing platform on development and cooperation. It covers most development topics and facilitates knowledge sharing not only among the staff of DG Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid and its Delegations but with other DGs of the European Commission (e.g. DG ECHO), the EEAS, Development agencies of Member States, and other relevant actors such as International Development organisations, partner countries, consultants, NGOs..
      Through this tool the EU aims to consolidate and capitalise knowledge generated within its network to enhance the quality and impact of its work on development cooperation.

In doing so, it is contributing to tackle 4 key knowledge challenges:
  • Consolidate its knowledge and preserve institutional memory. In an organisation which counts 140 Delegations and which relies partly on externally contracted staff, there is a need for a system that will help knowledge retention and capitalisation. The collaborative production of knowledge pieces backed by video interviews and the advanced groupware offered, support knowledge capitalisation and exchanges in a user-friendly way.
  • In this connection, the existence of Cap4dev as EuropeAid’s corporate knowledge sharing platform offers also the opportunity for consolidation of tools and communities of practice. The existence of different platforms and tools serving the development community contributes to the fragmentation of communities of practice and of the knowledge they generate. Starting from the EU Institutions level, the objective of capacity4dev is to re-unite and consolidate the knowledge spaces on development and bring together the practitioners around a common environment, while seeking to develop synergies and partnerships with major knowledge platforms run by other donors.
  • Facilitate cross-learning and knowledge exchange between EU Institutions staff and other development professionals and experts. It is important that knowledge exchange is set-up among EC practitioners and their professional partners such as EU Member States practitioners, consultants, NGOs, etc., to help boost the quality and impact of our policies and actions, as well as improve coordination among donors. With a 40/60 mix of Internal / external Development practitioners capacity4dev offers the possibility for that cross-learning to happen.
  • Help bridge the thematic and geographic silos. Staff spends most of their time within their thematic area or geographic field and lack horizontal access to the work done in other fields and regions. Nevertheless this horizontal view is important as themes are intertwined and what happens in one region may be relevant for another one. Various techniques (including thematic and geographic taxonomies) help bring to the surface knowledge that is relevant to the practitioners beyond their core theme or geographic focus.
  What is offered?
  • Access to a large community of development practitioners from across the world: over 10000 Professionals from all over the world (for updated information visit the statistics section of capacity4dev.eu).
  • Over 350 knowledge pieces (Voices and Views) backed with video and references updated weekly.
  • Knowledge sharing tools for teams: Free Groupware for the development community: over 18000 posts in a variety of EU, EC/EEAS and Private groups with: Group site, blog, document library, events pages, survey tool, project management tool, members rooster, customisable categories and tags to classify content, etc.
  Are you a development professional? Join the community today! As simple as … 1,2,3:
  1. Become a member : fill in the registration form.
  2. Look for groups you should be joining and request membership.
  3. … start learning and contributing your experience!
We are here to help you come on-board! You can also find online help and guidance.
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Methodological publications: “Tools and Methods”

Europaid - Thu, 08/01/2013 - 17:50
In addition to the main types of general project and programme cycle management guidance, thematic/sector methodological guidance is provided in various fields and sectors.   What is the "Tools and Methods Series"? The “Tools and Methods Series” published by EuropeAid aims to structure the presentation of the methodological documents produced by the various thematic and horizontal units within EuropeAid. The Series is managed by unit Quality of Delivery Systems.

The collection includes three sub-collections: guidelines, reference documents and concept papers.

    How to obtain eu publications Free publications:
  • via the EU Bookshop;
  • at the European Union’s representations or delegations. You can obtain their contact details on the Internet or by sending a fax to +352 2929-42758.
Priced publications: Priced subscriptions (e.g. annual series of the Official Journal of the European Union and reports of cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union):
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Project and programme cycle management guidance

Europaid - Thu, 08/01/2013 - 17:48
Project and programme cycle management guidance relates to the approaches governing the programming, design, implementation and evaluation of projects and programmes funded by EU external assistance.

Project and programme cycle management guidance proceeds on the fundamental principles governing the cycle of operations characterized by a five stage cycle:
  • programming, where the priorities of EU assistance to a partner country, region or decentralized actors are defined;
  • identification, where the options for an intervention are considered;
  • formulation or design, where the action is developed in detail on the basis of which funding is approved;
  • implementation, where actions are carried out and monitored;
  • evaluation where the achievements are assessed in depth and lessons learned.

There are three main types of project and programme cycle management approaches: sector policy support, budget support and project support. For further information please go to Aid delivery methods.

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Methodological guidance: cycle management, tools and methods

Europaid - Thu, 08/01/2013 - 17:46

The core methodological guidance refers to the EuropeAid methodology orientating EU External assistance funded actions. Guidance is provided to EuropeAid staff on the key means of preparing, implementing and evaluating external aid actions:

 

 

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Cooperation with Member States

Europaid - Thu, 08/01/2013 - 17:43

Since 2010, the European Commission has intensified the use of Joint Evaluations carried out with other donors, focusing particularly on EU Member States. Joint evaluations are used systematically for budget support interventions and where possible for country level evaluation.

The Commission is also committed to join with Member States in deciding strategy for co-operation with partner countries, so that the logic of joint country-level evaluations is strengthened.

Cooperation with the Member States' evaluation units is also regarded as essential and should be further intensified. Periodic meetings with EU Heads of Evaluation Services are already taking place to exchange ideas and best practices, to encourage dialogue on common evaluation issues and to improve practices.

 

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Quality, availability and use of strategic evaluations

Europaid - Thu, 08/01/2013 - 17:41
Ensuring the quality of the evaluation   The European Commission is committed to quality standards for development evaluation set by the OECD's Development Assistance Committee and follows the European Commission Evaluations standards.

The Evaluation Unit ensures the quality of the evaluation throughout the process, firstly by selecting the best possible external expertise in the evaluation team and then by ensuring that the expectations and needs formulated in the terms of reference are fulfilled. In this context, the Unit, together with the steering group, provide comments and feedback throughout the different phases of the evaluation (inception, desk, field, synthesis).

The external evaluators know from the start on which basis their report will be assessed, as main quality criteria are set out in the terms of reference in the form of a quality grid. It is the responsibility of the evaluation manager to assess the work of evaluators during the process and fill in this grid. Every quality grid is then published on the evaluation website, next to the report.   Dissemination of the results of the evaluation   Enhancing transparency and accountability by communicating on the added value of the European Union to the European citizens is part of the Evaluation Unit's mission. It is therefore the Unit's responsibility to increase awareness of the main findings, conclusions and recommendations of each evaluation through the organisation of public seminars as well as through a wide circulation of the reports.

Full reports of all evaluations together with their "fiche contradictoire" and quality grid are available on EuropeAid - Evaluation website. Summaries of the most recent evaluation are also available in hard copies at the External cooperation "InfoPoint".   Follow-up of the evaluation   Three systems feed evaluation lessons and recommendations into the operational work:
  1. The “fiche contradictoire” is a public statement of the response to the evaluation recommendations and what will be, or has been, done to respond to them.
  2. The Interservice Quality Support Group (iQSG) is a peer group which reviews proposed geographic and thematic strategies and is responsible for ensuring coherence between EU strategy and its implementation. It is an important channel for feeding back evaluation lessons, recommendations and best practices in new programmes.
  3. The bi-annual evaluation report is prepared every 6 months by the Evaluation Unit for the external relations Commissioners and provides an overview of the main conclusions and recommendations drawn from the strategic evaluations. This exercise serves as a useful basis to assist decision makers in deciding on the follow up and improve EU strategies and interventions.
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Strategic evaluations to analyse EU strategies

Europaid - Thu, 08/01/2013 - 17:38

Does aid reach the people who need it?  How effective is the EU in reaching its objectives? Are EU development policies the right ones, and are they appropriately applied?  Could EuropeAid deliver its aid more efficiently?

Strategic evaluations analyse EU strategies from conception to implementation, assessing the results of EU funded activities. These evaluations are complex, covering several programmes and instruments over a significant period of time. They are conducted at several levels : country, region or sector; they can also assess the procedures and instruments EuropeAid uses to provide aid.

The objective is to draw lessons from what has worked and what has not, so that EuropeAid can improve accountability and enhance its effectiveness. Strategic evaluations help understand why in a specific context development strategies have been successful or not, and provide recommendations to the decision-makers for the future programming and implementation.

The Evaluation Unit ensures the quality and objectivity of strategic evaluations

Within EuropeAid, it is the role of the Evaluation Unit to ensure the independence of the evaluation process and the objectivity and quality of the evaluation reports in order to increase the credibility of the findings, conclusions and recommendations.

To ensure the objectivity of each evaluation, the Evaluation Unit contracts independent evaluation experts and ensures that they apply a robust methodology for evaluation in a transparent way. The Unit coordinates their work, with the support of a steering group of experts, throughout the process to guarantee the quality of the evaluation. Once the report is finalised, it ensures its distribution and publication, as well as the follow-up of the main recommendations by the relevant EU institutions and services.

Work Programme

A work programme defined by the European Commission establishes the list of countries, regions, instruments or sectors of cooperation to be evaluated on the principle that cooperation with partner countries should be evaluated on a regular basis. This programme can, however, be adjusted to take into account political and development priorities as well as programming phases and legal frameworks.

Work Programme 2014-2018

Contacts

For more information about evaluation reports or to order a hard copy, please send a message to the Evaluation Unit.

Our address:
European Commission
Directorate-General for Development and Co-operation EuropeAid
Evaluation Unit
L-41 - 03/86
B-1049 Brussels
EUROPEAID-08@ec.europa.eu

 
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Project and programme evaluations

Europaid - Thu, 08/01/2013 - 17:37

Has a project reached its stated objectives? Where there any unforeseen positive or negative effects? What could be learned from the experience and how can EuropeAid and its partners do an even better job next time? How can an on-going intervention be improved to maximize its results?

EuropeAid commissions evaluations of individual EU-funded projects and programmes during and after their implementation. Evaluations on project/programme level are used to improve on-going operations and to learn from experience. Good practice but also negative experience can help to design and manage better projects in the future.

Project evaluations are managed by the EU Delegations or EuropeAid Headquarter units in charge of the intervention to be evaluated. Independent external experts are hired to conduct the evaluation. A Reference Group composed on partner government officials, local stakeholders and, if applicable, donors active in related projects accompany the evaluation and ensure that the recommendations are taken up.

Project Evaluations are following a methodology defined by EuropeAid’s Evaluation Unit. Project evaluations are complemented by EuropeAid’s project reviews, the Results Oriented Monitoring (ROM) system.

 
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Evaluation approach and methodology

Europaid - Thu, 08/01/2013 - 17:35

The quality of an evaluation depends on the application of appropriate methodology to professional standards. EuropeAid has developed over the years a robust evaluation approach. This approach is available hereunder:

The way development aid is provided is constantly evolving. To reflect this changing in context, EuropeAid develops new, appropriate and innovative methodological tools in cooperation with international institutions such as the OECD and the World Bank.

Two major new approaches to evaluate budget support programmes and capacity development interventions which have recently been produced, tested and published are:

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