Early Experiences in Programming EU Aid 2014-2020: Charting the Agenda for Change
The programming process has so far effectively translated key principles of the Agenda for Change into practice. DEVCO Headquarters has shown determination in enforcing sector concentration, but this has raised tensions with the field. The EEAS role in programming has been mixed. Capacity constraints, disinterest in development issues and a lack of knowledge of EC procedures explain why it has not played a more prominent role. Operations sections have undertaken the lion’s share of the programming process. There is concern that the programming process has thus far not been sufficiently participatory or informed by politically sensitive analysis. This undermines EU credibility as a reliable and efficient development partner.