The Framework Contract BENEF 2013 is valid from 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2015.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
@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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
For more information about evaluation reports or to order a hard copy, please send a message to the Evaluation Unit.
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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.
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:
Detailed evaluation guidelines: detailed guidance on the different phases of an evaluation. These guidelines have been designed for evaluation managers or evaluators.
Vol 2 - Guidelines for geographic and thematic evaluations
Vol 3 - Guidelines for project and programme evaluations
Evaluation tools: to structure an evaluation, to collect and analyse data, to assist the formulation of judgments.
Vol 4 - Evaluation tools
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: