Project and programme cycle management guidance

Project and programme cycle management guidance

Project and programme cycle management guidance relates to the approaches governing the programming, design, implementation and evaluation of projects and programmes funded by EU external assistance.

Project and programme cycle management guidance proceeds on the fundamental principles governing the cycle of operations characterized by a five stage cycle:

  • programming, where the priorities of EU assistance to a partner country, region or decentralized actors are defined;
  • identification, where the options for an intervention are considered;
  • formulation or design, where the action is developed in detail on the basis of which funding is approved;
  • implementation, where actions are carried out and monitored;
  • evaluation where the achievements are assessed in depth and lessons learned.

There are three main types of project and programme cycle management approaches: sector policy support, budget support and project support. For further information please go to Aid delivery methods.