Herrero, A., Knoll, A., Gregersen, C., Kokolo, W. 2015. Implementing the Agenda for Change: An independent analysis of the 11th EDF programming. (Discussion Paper 180). Maastricht: ECDPM.
Effectively programming the European Development Fund (EDF) is a major political, policy and bureaucratic challenge, involving multiple stakeholders, namely the European Commission (EC), the European External Action Service (EEAS), 28 EU member states, the European Parliament, 74 governments from the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states and domestic accountability actors.
The EU is currently implementing its 11th European Development Fund for the period 2014-2020, with an aid budget of €30.5 billion for many of the ACP countries and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), covering both national and regional programmes.
‘Increasing the impact of EU development policy
– an Agenda for Change’
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This Discussion Paper presents the key findings of ECDPM’s independent analysis of the 11th EDF programming experience. Our study focuses on the programming of national funds directed at ACP countries. Our work is intended to inform both EU and ACP decision-makers about the implementation of the EU’s Development Policy – the Agenda for Change.
For those interested in development effectiveness and EU external action, understanding the magnitude of the 11th EDF programming challenge is critical for three reasons. First, the 11th EDF will unfold in a radically changed global context, marked by the beginning of a transition towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Second, the 11th EDF is also the last EDF before the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) expires in 2020. Finally, the programming and implementation of the 11th EDF will be a critical test of the EU’s external action and the ability of EU development policy to achieve high-impact aid.
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Our recent publication, ‘The future of ACP-EU relations post-2020’, is an overview guide designed for policy makers, practitioners and interested stakeholders in ACP and EU countries and summarises ECDPM publications and analytical resources from recent years covering issues of relevance to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and ACP-EU relations. As a good a starting point as any to engage with this increasingly urgent policy dialogue. This dossier provides links to all ECDPM publications and analytical resources mentioned in the overview guide.
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In addition to structural support by ECDPM’s institutional partners Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland, this publication also benefits from funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom