Existing In-Country Agreements on Coordinating Technical Assistance?

Andy Benfield Consulting
(Private Sector)

I am doing some background work to try to find good practices in establishing joint local agreements to manage donors' technical assistance, so for example covering things like working from an agreed national strategy, harmonising per diems, not poaching Government staff, etc. Has anyone got any examples to share? I'm looking for real-world examples as opposed to the EU's guidelines etc which I already have :-) 

Thanks!

 

Andy 

2 answers

International freelance consultant (Private Sector)

Dear Sir,
according to my experience, there are some in-country agreements for coordinating aid donors (not all fully operational (before in Mali, Senegal, Kenya, etc.). Usually they have a focal point at Ministerial level and a donor focal points with regular meetings and a communication strategy.

Hope it is useful.

Sincerely

Gianluca

Sancho Hidalga María (EC Staff member)
European Commission, EuropeAid, Unit 06: Quality and Results (European Institutions)

Dear Andy,

Your question is quite relevant bearing in mind that coordinated and harmonised support is one of the key principles of qualitative CD support. Indeed, harmonising CD support is an effective way to strengthen local ownership and accountability for change as well as to contribute to strengthening country systems, processes and institutions.

As a response to the Backbone strategy, different EU Delegations undertook a workplan based on the EU approach to Technical Cooperation. Some of those documents were uploaded on the Public Group on capacity Development and Technical Reform (http://capacity4dev.ec.europa.eu/public-cd-tc/documents), where you will also find an analysis on CD in the Education sector in Nepal.

A good national example of coordination is the one achieved in Rwanda thanks to the Public Sector Capacity Building Secretariat (PSCBS), (http://main.pscbs.gov.rw/). The PSCBS is an institution charged with coordination of Capacity Building Initiatives and mobilizing CB resources for the Public Sector in Rwanda. They developed a Multi Sector Capacity Building Programme (MSCBP) which would coordinate and guide capacity building interventions across the public sector, private sector and civil society in the country.

Additionally, the case of Philippines also shows a high degree of ownership and coordination. This V&V explains how Technical Cooperation has increasingly gained in ownership and coordination in the country thanks to the involvement of Philippine institutions (http://capacity4dev.ec.europa.eu/article/government-ownership-key-succes...).

Best regards,

María

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