Promoting change and value for money: the European Development Cooperation Strengthening Programme 3

July 2011 to July 2013

This programme takes forward the change and 'value for money' agendas in future EU development cooperation, building on what has already been achieved to date.  

It focuses on the delivery of a package of activities to support evolving development policy in the EU, backed up by robust and effective structures and instruments, in order to ensure value for money.



Replenishing the 11th European Development Fund

Working and discussion papers | November 2012 | Mikaela Gavas
This Background Note analyses the proposals by the European Commission (EC) for the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) (2014-2020) and reviews the current state of play on the the design of future funding to the Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

The next decade of EU trade policy: confronting global challenges?

Research reports and studies | July 2012
On 27 January 2012, the European Commission (EC) published a Communication ‘Trade, Growth and Development: Tailoring trade and investment policy for those countries most in need’. This report brings together 18 essays from the world’s leading trade and development...

Tackling global poverty: where next for Brussels?

Public event | 25 June 2012 14:30 - 16:00 GMT+01 (BST)

As a wave of austerity unfolds across Europe, donors are under increasing pressure to demonstrate accountability, value for money and effectiveness of aid budgets. Following the assessment of the EU as part of the UK Department for...

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The future of EU budget support: political conditions, differentiation and coordination

Working and discussion papers | May 2012 | Jörg Faust, Svea Koch, Nadia Molenaers, Heidi Tavakoli and Jan Vanheukelom
At the end of 2011 the European Commission published a Communication on the future of EU budget support. It recommended that budget support be tied to the political conditions in recipient countries, particularly those related to human rights and democratic values. The...

Development and cooperation in the EU

Comment | 17 February 2012 | Sian Herbert
'A new trend that we see in EU development policy is the idea of differentiation. This looks at the future of development cooperation with middle-income countries and asks the question - should we continue our traditional bilateral aid relationships with middle-...
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Submission to the Inquiry on EU development assistance

Working and discussion papers | December 2011 | Sian Herbert and Romilly Greenhill
This submission to the International Development Committee’s (IDC) inquiry into EU development assistance seeks to address the following questions: What development objectives can the UK better pursue through the EC than through bilateral means? How much funding should...

EU Aid: What is it for?

Public event | 13 September 2011 18:30 - 20:00 GMT+01 (BST)

This year, in October, the European Commission will publish proposals for a new, modernised EU development policy to render it more focused, relevant, efficient, effective and results-oriented.But what does this mean in...


A study on the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA)

Research reports and studies | March 2011 | Elizabeth Colebourn
The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) was created by the European Commission in 2007 to support poor developing countries most vulnerable to climate change through dialogue and financial and technical cooperation. This study examines the history and activities of...

European Union (EU) blending facilities: Implications for Future Governance Options

Research reports and studies | January 2011 | Mikaela Gavas, Matthew Geddes, Isabella Massa and Dirk Willem te Velde
The paper offers an independent contribution to the European Union’s (EU) internal discussions on its future mechanisms for the complementary use of grants and loans (blending). It reviews the existing EU blending mechanisms, comparing their different governance...

Indicators of a successful European External Action Service (EEAS)

Working and discussion papers | July 2010 | Simon Maxwell and Mikaela Gavas

This written submissions to the House of Lords' sub-committee C inquiry into the creation of the European External Action Service in July 2010 comments briefly on two questions: (a) have the right decisions been taken? and (b) how will success in...


Consolidation or cooperation: the future of EU development cooperation

Working and discussion papers | July 2010 | Mikaela Gavas, Deborah Johnson and Simon Maxwell

This paper considers whether the European Community (EC) should play a greater part in shaping policy and delivering programmes; or whether the EC role is one of coordination and network management, rather than actual delivery.


Global governance of the aid system and the role of the European Union

Briefing papers | May 2010 | Simon Maxwell, Mikaela Gavas, Owen Barder and Deborah Johnson

This paper, prepared for the Spanish Presidency of the European Union, assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, legitimacy, accountability and adaptability of the governance of aid with a particular focus on the European Union.


European development policy

Briefing papers | May 2010 | Mikaela Gavas and Simon Maxwell

As the world’s largest donor of both development and humanitarian assistance there is a need to press for continued improvements in the way the EU does business.


Reading between the lines. Is EU aid in trouble?

Working and discussion papers | June 2008 | Simon Maxwell

There are some serious issues for the EU Council meeting on 19 and 20 June to consider, including the failure of European donors to meet their commitments on aid, both in terms of the levels of funding and in delivering harmonisation and alignment.


The EU and the poor: unfinished business

Comment | 30 April 2004 | Simon Maxwell

'The fate of the European constitution looks likely to dominate debate in Europe over coming months. In international development, however, other issues matter more. There is much unfinished business Romano Prodi will leave behind.'

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