Designing operations: identification and formulation

Designing operations: identification and formulation

Development aid must be delivered in an efficient and effective way if it is to benefit those who are most in need. The Commission carries out careful analysis and consultations before committing funding. Aid can be distributed in a number of ways – through specific projects or by budget support to recipient governments.
Once the programming phase is completed, identification and formulation are the two next steps in the preparation of a cooperation project or programme. These are the stages when an intervention is designed. In each one of these stages, the necessary analysis and studies are undertaken to ensure the maximum efficiency and impact. Design is also subject to a quality assurance system.
Capacity Development is a key aspect to be taken into account in the design phase. Delivering sustainable results and increasing the impact of EU development policy is only possible if there is effective capacity in partner countries, reflecting partners’ ownership and leadership and a commitment to mutual accountability for results.