The EU approach to aid effectiveness
The European Commission has proposed a number of policy documents and actions to improve aid and development effectiveness at the European level which have been agreed by the 27 member states of the European Union (EU). The European Commission federates and promotes a coordinated European approach to aid effectiveness. This coordination role is led by the Directorate General for Development and Cooperation-EuropeAid.
Coordinating and promoting aid effectiveness
EU member states and the European Commission agreed several initiatives to improve effectiveness of their respective aid programmes.
• In December 2005, the European Consensus on Development confirmed a number of general targets for the EU and the Member States.
• In 2006 this was followed with a set of Communications for scaling up European Union aid according to the Monterrey Consensus and increasing its effectiveness and impact through More, Better, Faster Aid.
• In May 2007, the European Council approved an EU Code of Conduct on Complementarity and Division of Labour in Development Policy. The code emphasises the lead role of partner countries in taking forward division of labour among donors in their respective countries, but also what the EU and the Member States can do to fight the increasing fragmentation of aid.
• In 2008 Mr Louis Michel, at that time EU Commissioner for Development, launched an initiative to fast track division of labour. In each country one of the EU member states or the European Commission volunteered to act as lead and supporting facilitators at country level to promote the fast tracking.
• In 2009 the EU, under the Swedish presidency, approved an Operational Framework for implementing the commitments agreed in Accra.
• A study completed in March 2011 [3 MB] outlines ways and options for the EU institutions and Member States on how they may move towards enhanced coordination and improved impact through "Joint Multi-annual Programming".
• In October 2011 the Commission presented its 'Agenda for Change' and reform proposals for EU budget support, setting out a more strategic EU approach to reducing poverty, including a more targeted allocation of funding.
• In November 2011, the Foreign Affairs Council adopted the EU Common Position for Busan Forum . The document endorses the priorities for the EU and its Member States in the negotiations of the Busan outcome document.
* The EU Donor Atlas 2012 provides a detailed mapping of EU donor activities to facilitate planning and programming.