Video statements from the roundtable in Madrid

Three short video statement from the roundtable in Madrid on the 22 February can now be viewed where:

  • David Ortiz, EU Board Member, CONGDE, emphasizes the need to translate words into actions
  • Nils-Sjard Schultz, Researcher, FRIDE gives us his opinion on Spains possible contribution to the EC policy
  • Stefan Meyer, Researcher, FRIDE talkes about democratic ownership

The videos can be found here

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First draft of the Accra Agenda for Action

A first consultative draft of the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) is now publicly available.

As introduced in the document’s statement of resolve, the Accra Agenda for Action aims to “(…) strengthen the Paris Declaration framework and respond to the emerging opportunities and challenges of the complex international aid system, and to achieve better development results.”

A revised draft will be prepared in June for the review by the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness on the 9-10 July.

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More information about the process

Agreement to enhance EC aid effectiveness in Nigeria

The Federal Government of Nigeria and the EU have signed on March 20 a €4 million agreement on technical assistance to enhance the capacity of the Federal, state and local governments of Nigeria to enhance EC aid effectiveness. The support programme will aim at addressing the current lack of institutional and management capacity within the office of the National Authorizing Officer (National Planning Commission) in order to help it to carry out its delegation functions as stipulated in the Cotonou Partnership Agreement more effectively and ensure effective utilization of European Development Fund (EDF) resources through project support towards reducing poverty in the country. €580million would be expended by EU through the 10th EDF envelop for Nigeria.

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Workshop on Budget Support with EC and EU CSOs, Brussels 27 March

On 27 March, ActionAid International (EU Office) held a roundtable on budget support which gathered participants from the EC (Directorate-General Development) and from a panel of Europe-based CSOs. There was an interesting and lively discussion focused on the issues and concerns arising of the increasing use of budget support. This proved the need to increase mutual understanding and develop further expertise on this area.

The discussions focused on the concept of the MDG contract, the interrelation between the EC as a donor and the International Monetary Fund, the conditionality generated by the EC Governance Initiative and especially the incentive tranche mechanism, as well as on the need for achieving democratic accountability and the challenge this entails in terms of capacities of the various local stakeholders, non-state actors in particular.

Eager to help shape the debate at the EU level, participants appreciated this WECA roundtable as an opportunity for exchanging viewpoints on an area generating a great deal of interest amongst stakeholders.

List of participants: .doc|.pdf

Roundtable report: .doc |.pdf

Action Aid discussion meeting with non-state actors from Tanzania 11 March

On a visit in Brussels to enhance collaboration and establish links with European NGO networks, a group of non-state actors, all actively involved in the Non-State Actors Support Programme for Tanzania – an EC funded programme under the Cotonou Agreement – exchanged views with the Actionaid EU Office on Aid effectiveness and EC Aid. This was a chance to discuss EC Aid orientations and policies as well as donor accountability.

Read the full report .doc|.pdf

Roundtable in Stockholm, Sweden, 31 March

A roundtable was held at Sida in Stockholm, Sweden on the 31 March. Participants attended from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sida and Sadev (Swedish Agency for Development Evaluation) as well as from Concord Sweden.

After an introduction of the WECA project participants engaged in discussions on various issues guided by the topics of future perspectives of development at EU level, EC as a donor and the challenges of implementation, the practice of accountability & ownership. The implications of the Lisbon Treaty and the set up of the Common External Service (EASS) proved to be an interesting topic and the importance to keep a strong compentency on development questions in the partner country delegations was underlined. On the issue of the Code of Conduct it was pointed out that the role of the EC in enhancing aid effectiveness stands before the challenge of avoiding to add an additional, hampering, layer to the coordination. The question of how to achieve ownership in practice was also highlighted including its role in the Division of Labour.

The participants mentioned the usefulness of the discussions in the light of the upcoming Swedish EU Presidency next year. They also expressed their interest in the outcome of the WECA project and offered their views on the future of the process.

List of participants: .doc | .pdf

Report: .doc | .pdf

Comment of Patrick Rabe, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Division for Global Development.

Comment of Peter Sorbom, EU policy Officer at Concord Sweden.

Comment of Ulrika Grandin, Desk Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Departments for Multilateral Cooperation

Comment of Jan Robberts, Senior Adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Departments for Multilateral Development Cooperation.

Latest news on the preparations of the Accra HLF

The second issue of 2008 “EU News” gives us a good overview of the Accra process:

“The Accra High Level Forum (HLF) will take place on September 2nd – 5th 2008 in Accra, Ghana. An International Steering committee (ISC) chaired by Sweden with the World Bank and Government of Ghana as vice-chairs provides advice on content and process of the HLF. The OECD has now started publishing the minutes from the ISC meetings on their website where you can also see who participates in these meetings from each country.

The ISC is now drafting the so-called Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) which will essentially be the communiqué from the meeting. A first draft of this document will be completed by the 15th March. A full draft (version 1) will be ready by the April meeting of the ISC. This will then be modified and the Full draft (version 2) will be discussed at the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness meeting on the 2nd/3rd July. The Final draft will subsequently go to Accra in September. Draft versions of the AAA should be available on the OECD website.

A number of regional consultations on the AAA run by the regional development Banks will be held in April/May 2008. The AAA will also be presented and discussed at the UN ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum in July in New York. It is likely to be a key item on the agenda.”

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