Public group: Capacity Development & Technical Cooperation

EC Workshop on Technical Cooperation reform and Capacity Development


The purpose of the event, which took place in Brussels on 4 and 5 July 2011, was to further strengthen the technical cooperation reform process of the EC and to take stock of currently achieved results.

The workshop also provided opportunities to look at selected cases from the EC and other organisations and to discuss how a new approach to TC can effectively contribute to CD.

Finally, the event has identified messages to be taken forward at the next High-Level Forum taking place in Busan, Korea, in November 2011.

This workshop is open by invitation only to EU Headquarters, EU Delegations and development practitioners from Member States’ development agencies working on CD and TC issues.


In mid-2008, as part of its commitment to aid effectiveness, the European Commission adopted a reform to enhance its approach to Technical Cooperation (TC) and Project Implementation Units (PIUs) with a view to support Capacity Development (CD) more effectively. The European Union also addressed this issue as part of its Operational Framework for Aid Effectiveness, adopted in November 2009 by the EU Council.

Find below the workshop's agenda as well as the workshop's background note.

Workshop TC/CD; 4-5 July 2011


"How can we be more effective in supporting Capacity Development?"

Venue : Management Center Europe – 118, Rue de l'Aqueduc - Bruxelles







08.45-09.15 Welcome /Coffee


09.15-09.30     Opening

Mr. Rudischhauser, Dir. EuropeAid B

09.30-11.00     Review of the TC Reform (I) 
 Experiences of EuropeAid :

-  Reform and implementation so far: What has been achieved?

-  Enhancing TC effectiveness – Views and experiences
by Headquarters/ EU delegations/ country partners


Paul Riembault, Europeaid

 Brian Fornari, EuropeAid

Anja Bauer/ Violetta Corpus

EUD Manila + Gov. of Philippines

11.00-11.15     Break


11.15-13.00     Review of TC Reforms (II)
  CD approaches at EU level:

- EU level review – Operational Framework
commitments challenge and constraints
– way forward


Gwenaelle Corre + Panel discussion with Member States representatives

13.00-14.00   Lunch


14.00-15.30   From TC Reform to a wider
CD perspective (I):

- Introducing the ‘Opportunity Framework’,
and can CD be evaluated?


Prof. Enzo Caputo + Discussion

15.45-17.30 From TC Reform to a
wider CD perspective (II):

- CD through Public Finance Management                     

-Experience with CD for PFM, Timor Leste 


Nico and Carol Pretorius 

Francisco de Costa Soares, Gov. of Timor Leste  + Discussion 

17.30-… Cocktail








08.45-09.15     Welcome/ Coffee


09.15-11.00     From TC Reform to a wider
CD perspective (III):

- CD approach in the private sector


Robert Leblanc and Paul Beaulieu + Discussion

11.00-11.15    Break


11.15-13.00    From TC Reform to a wider
CD perspective (IV):

Cases in working groups:

A. Developing National Qualification Frameworks –  Tajikistan

B. 2iE – Making higher university relevant
for the labour market

 Feed-back of working group messages
/results to plenary

 C. Erasmus mundus – European Fellowships                      



Manuela Prina(ETF)

Francis Simporé (2iE) 



(EACEA) + Discussion 

13.00-14.00    Lunch


14.00-15.15    International learning on CD:

- A CD road map to Busan

- Presentation and discussion on lessons learned and possible messages from this meeting


Jim Hradsky (OECD/ DAC)

Volker Hauck 

15.15-15.30    Break


15.30-16.20    Bringing the CD perspective into
DEVCO’s operations PPCM. 
an agenda for operational chang

Chantal Marijnissen

16.20-17.00    Presenting the final
draft messages from this workshop


End of the Workshop






Tony Land

This event is of the type Group event.

Date: 2011;
Additional tags: tc reform