Stepping up? Best practice in joint programming and prospects for EU joint cooperation strategies


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    In a more globalised and competitive world the need for more effective international and development cooperation has only become more urgent and consequences of inaction more apparent. To meet the recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) all actors including EU actors will have to ‘raise their game’ to work together better. The European Union’s institutions and services and its Member States, have the potential to have a stronger influence in international cooperation because of Joint Programming.

    EU joint programming key figures in 2015

    With a more systematic adoption and application of Joint Programming documents in partner countries, as the result of Joint Programming processes, they could be even stronger. Rebranded as Joint Cooperation Strategies, Joint Programming would fit well under the 2016 EU Global Strategy and a revised European Consensus on Development matching the new global agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite a waning interest in the application of development effectiveness principles, Joint Programming could also help addressing long identified and persistent challenges in the external action of the EU and its Member States.

    Profiling EU institutions and Member States in joint programming 

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