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EU International Cooperation and Development Results Report: Questions and Answers

Brussels, 22 July 2016

EU International Cooperation and Development Results Report: Questions and Answers

What is in the report?

The report draws on the results of the financially most important EU funded development projects and programmes, which ended between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014 in around 100 partner countries. Three types of results are presented in the report: development progress of partner countries, partner country results to which the EU contributed, and the EU's own organisational performance with respect to development cooperation.

The report is based on the EU International Cooperation and Development Results Framework, launched last year, which aims to allow for reporting on results in an aggregated way. For partner country results to which the EU contributed, the report presents two types of data: not only aggregated data on results of EU funded projects and programmes across about 100 countries, but also main results of EU funded projects and programmes in individual partner countries.

What projects and programmes are reported on?  

The report presents the results of a wide range of projects and programmes implemented in various areas of the EU's work on development cooperation: such as inclusive growth and poverty reduction, good governance, conflict prevention, peace building and security, agriculture and food security, energy, public finance management, education, health, natural resources, environment and climate change, transport, employment and social protection, trade and private sector, and gender equality and women's empowerment.

The report covers completed projects. This means that the report does not reflect the results of projects and programmes which were ongoing on 30 June 2014.

How have the results of these projects and programmes been calculated?

This report presents the results of development cooperation activities in an aggregate way, using quantitative indicators. The figures were calculated using a contribution approach (i.e. where a project was financed by the EU jointly with other funders – other donors and/or the partner country governments themselves – the overall results of the collective effort were reported.) The information on the results has been drawn from the reporting by the partners implementing EU funded projects and programmes (i.e. partner countries, international organisations, EU Member State development agencies, international financial institutions and NGOs).

Why are the results from 2013-2014 only being released now?

The report draws on the results of projects and programmes which ended between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014. The reason for selecting this timeframe as a basis for this report is that data on results at end of the projects and programmes are usually only available sometime after the completion of a project.

Will further reports be published?

Yes. This is the first report and it will be followed up with annual reporting which will be published as part of the annual EU report on the implementation of EU development policy.

Its release fulfils a major commitment made by the European Commission to improve accountability in the area of international cooperation and development towards EU institutions and citizens, as well as towards civil society organisations and development partners.

 

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