Friday, January 25, 2008

Whither EC Aid? Monitoring EC aid effectiveness

On January 24, ECDPM and ActionAid International launched the web site of their joint project "Whither EC Aid?" (WECA).

The aim is to re-position discussions on the effectiveness of EC development cooperation. This will help to develop an evidence-based, common understanding of the characteristics, added value and impact of EC development cooperation.

To serve as a basis for debate, the partners drafted a discussion paper; this is based on a review of available relevant literature and a series of interviews with around 30 decision-makers and experts from both Europe and developing countries.

WECA is now entering its second phase, with a series of workshops, roundtables and a web-based consultation. The aim of this phase is to generate more interactive and open discussions about the role and effectiveness of EC Aid, on the basis of the note.

Using the outcomes of the consultation and research phases, a final report on “Whither EC Aid?” will be written and completed in spring 2008.

To contribute to the consultation, please visit the WECA website.

See also Euforic dossiers on aid effectiveness and EU development cooperation