Supporting the implementation of the Technical Cooperation for Enhanced Capacity Development component of the EU Operational Framework on Aid Effectiveness
This study assesses EU members' approaches to technical cooperation and capacity development. Key messages emerging from the report are: 1. The international agenda on Aid Effectiveness is a favourable opportunity for setting Capacity Development as a priority. Capacity is both the means to deliver sustainable results, as well as a goal in itself. 2. Further explore an enhanced coordination of EU Member States approaches with the EC approach, into a possible European Union common set of principles on Capacity Development & Technical Cooperation 3. Capacity Development faces several important challenges: ownership is not a given fact; multiple stakeholders are involved; contextual factors influence its outcomes. In other words, there is a certain degree of complexity in all Capacity Development processes that should be managed to reach effective results. 4. There is a need for a pragmatic approach, moving from rhetoric to practice: internal procedures would need to be adapted in areas which are critical to Capacity Development such as internal competencies, alignment, flexible planning, focus on learning, etc. 5. A tension exists between results orientation and process support: the pressure to deliver fast measurable results is not conducive to an engagement in Capacity Development processes. In the end, Capacity Development is both a means to produce results, and a strategic priority. 6. There is a need for an increased use of knowledge sharing and collaborative tools: Capacity Development is highly contextualised, therefore centralised decision making and blueprints should be balanced by grassroots and practitioners knowledge and information sharing.
Acknowledgements: European Commission