Peer reviews of DAC members

European Union - DAC Peer Review of Development Co-operation, 2012


The European Union is a major player in global development, co-ordinating coherent actions amongst its 27 member states and providing direct support to developing countries. Total net ODA by all 27 EU member states was USD 73.6 billion in 2011. Grants by EU institutions totalled USD 12.6 billion.

The DAC’s Review of the Development Co-operation Policies and Programmes of the European Union notes that, since the last review 5 years ago, the EU has taken steps to make its aid more effective and give it more impact.  These steps included organisational restructuring, streamlining the financial process, improving co-ordination, and working more with civil society.

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Since the 2007 peer review, the EU institutions have taken positive steps to make the programme more effective and increase its impact. These steps include major organisational restructuring; efforts to streamline financial instruments; and a strategic approach to making co-operation more co-ordinated and aligned. They have also enhanced their dialogue with civil society.

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Structured dialogue with civil society for an efficient development partnership

The structured dialogue was conceived as a consensus-building mechanism involving four main categories of stakeholders: the European Parliament; the Member States; CSOs and local authorities; and the European Commission. While responding to requests coming from the European Court of Auditors, Parliament and CSOs, the structured dialogue was also an answer to the Accra Agenda for Action, which called for supporting the capacity of CSOs to take an active role in dialogue on development policy, and for engaging further with them as development actors in their own right. The 14 month process comprised four regional seminars for both CSOS and local authorities, Brussels-based sessions, and two supporting initiatives, one on human rights and democracy and one on development education and awareness raising. This culminated in a final meeting in Budapest in May 2011, where conclusions and recommendations to partner governments, CSOs, to local authorities, and to the EU were endorsed.

The dialogue has reached a consensus on the most pertinent needs of CSOs and local authorities that will be supported by the EU. Subsequent discussions focused on how to best adapt existing delivery mechanisms and on alternative future mechanisms for effectively supporting CSOs and local authorities in their respective roles and ambitions as development actors. (Box 1.2)

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