How we ensure aid and development effectiveness
The European Commission's approach to aid effectiveness is reflected in the European Consensus on Development . The quality of aid is of utmost importance for the European Commission and is monitored against concrete targets agreed internationally such as the Paris Declaration (2005), the Accra Agenda for Action (2008), and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (2011).
A threefold approach
Increasing the effectiveness of aid means ensuring that aid helps developing countries to improve the welfare of their poorest populations. For this reason, aid must be genuinely focused on development priorities set by these countries. Developing countries bear the primary responsibility for their own development, but the EU accepts its share of responsibility and accountability for the joint efforts undertaken in partnership.
The European Commission's commitment to increasing the effectiveness of aid, including its own, is taken forward at three interlinked levels through:
• Influencing at the international level through the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, managed by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and development (OECD) and the UNDP.
• Coordinating and promoting at the level of the European Union (the Commission and the 27 member states) to increase the effectiveness for more than half of global development assistance (ODA) it provides worldwide.
• Implementing the European Commission's commitments on aid effectiveness through its annual development assistance programmes implemented globally through around 110 EU delegations worldwide.
Office Quality Support Groups
Office Quality Support Groups (oQSGs) perform peer reviews of EuropeAid’s external assistance activities. The oQSG mechanism helps to improve the design of aid measures at the identification and formulation stage. The groups make use of in-house expertise and best practice culled from previous projects and programmes. Five oQSGs are currently operating, one for each of EuropeAid’s four geographic regions, and one dealing with measures funded through thematic budget lines.
The internal monitoring of projects is a key part of EuropeAid’s quality assurance activities. The EU Delegations in partner countries are responsible for the monitoring of projects and programme implementation. This process is supervised by the geographical Directorates in EuropeAid.
Results oriented monitoring
A results oriented monitoring system (ROM) helps EuropeAid assess project results. Independent experts carry out regular on-site assessments of projects and programmes. They check progress towards stated objectives using a variety of methodologies. ROM provides important information for internal monitoring and makes a positive contribution to improving project quality and performance of projects and programmes.