Wednesday, December 13, 2006
On 18 and 19 December, ECDPM hosts a seminar on the ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement. We are looking at 5 key questions:
Risk aversion in a risky business does not work!!!
THE outstanding issue in ACP-EC cooperation is implementation. Strategies, policies and legal frameworks are all (more or less) in place. Its implementation of which remains the Achilles Heel for the ACP an in particular for the EC. The Cotonou Agreement did not change the fact that implementation remains the 'troubled kid' in ACP-EU cooperation. Changes to the broader EC aid system (institutional, organizational and procedural) since 2000 have paralyzed the implementation system. Today, focus within the EC aid system is on accountability, control and transparency. We have lost out on the real issues: quality, efficiency and effectiveness.
The devil is in the details. The real issue is thus not about the Cotonou Agreement which has all the 'correct' paragraphs but rather the EC aid machinery and its procedures. Hopefully, the participants in the ECDPM seminar will carefully assess the implementation issues and provide concrete, practical suggestions for improvements.
One bold initiative could be to ensure that the ACP Secretariat/group is in a good negotiation position - based on close cooperation with groups of NAOs and RAOs - BEFORE the joint DFC discusses the 10th EDF financial regulations. The 10EDF financial regulation will be the building block for ACP-EC cooperation until 2013.
Changes (ceilings, tender procedures, etc.) to the EDF10 Financial Regulations would not solve the problem but it would be a very good start. Complementary changes in the EC decision making (too many visa needed, requirements to use the EC framework contract) and the organizational set-up would also be needed.
We need a radical change at the field level but we cannot do it with bold initiatives in Brussels
Difference in mentalities is an existing issue-not bad or good stuff, but simply a pattern of existence. That is why “where feet rise from” is too commonly comprehended question for too many in global projects-related blogs especially.Post a Comment
What is a goal for the ACP-EU cooperation?
Siphoning euros into “internaional aid”-that is de facto creating working places for EU-passport holders / sustaining précis for a particular African leadership in return for much needed African resources- OR developing infrastructure and industries while logically gambling with their possible re-orientation along open world market's forces in the future?
So far, goals determine actions, perhaps.