The European Commission's Directorate-General for International cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) consists of eight Directorates. Its Director General, Fernando Frutuoso de Melo, is responsible for the overall success of DG DEVCO’s mission. He is assisted by two Deputy Directors General.
DG DEVCO operates under the guidance of the Commissioner responsible for International cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica
The first three Directorates, Directorates A–C, cover general policy, quality and impact, and sectoral policies linked to sustainable growth and human and social development. These are followed by five geographical Directorates, D–H. The ninth Directorate, Directorate R, covers the organisation of resources both in Brussels and in the EU Delegations.
Directorate A – EU Development Policy
Provides analysis and policy formulation within EuropeAid on development issues, including:
The Directorate seeks to engage with think tanks and researchers to inform its policy proposals. Moreover, it ensures representation in international fora on development issues, coordinates relations with Member States and non EU States and is the interface with the EEAS on crisis management issues.
Directorate B – Human Development and Migration
Includes more traditional development aspects such as governance, democracy, human rights, civil society, employment and education. And for all these sectors, it develops policies, provides guidance on quality, and implements thematic budget lines in greater detail.
Directorate C – Sustainable Growth and Development
It covers all policy related to growth and development, and is at the forefront of future work on sustainable growth and job creation. It also develops policies, provides guidance on quality, and implements thematic budget lines in greater detail, for the following sectors: rural development, food security, climate change, environment and financial instruments.
The four geographical Directorates are in charge of overseeing the implementation of assistance by EU Delegations. They also manage certain programmes directly.
The first two directorates cover Africa and the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States).
Directorate D - East and Southern Africa and ACP coordination
Directorate E - West and Central Africa
Directorate G - Latin America and Caribbean
Directorate H - Asia, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and Pacific
Organisation of resources
Directorate R – Resources
Directorate R manages DG DEVCO’s human, financial and technical resources – planning, budget, audit, legal affairs, and human resource management. It is also responsible for the human resource management of around 3 000 personnel in over 100 EU Delegations world-wide.
Coordination with other stakeholders
DG DEVCO's staff is specially trained to cope with rapidly changing circumstances and can act as a liaison with other bilateral and multilateral donors such as the United Nations. EuropeAid works in close partnership with development agencies in the Member States as well as with international financial institutions such as the World Bank. In addition, it is involved in ongoing dialogue with NGOs and other non-state actors both within the EU and the beneficiary countries.