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Increasing the impact of EU development policy: An agenda for change

In autumn 2010, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the future of development policy and on the instrument of budget support. This analysis confirmed the relevance of the existing policy framework, while agreeing on the need to increase impact. As a result of this process, this Communication has been published in October 2011. It presents the main principles of the Agenda for Change of EU Development policy. The Commission proposes a more targeted allocation of funding, focusing on a limited number of countries (those most in need and where the EU can have a real impact, including fragile states) and on sectors conducive to inclusive and sustainable growth. The 12-point Agenda for Change will be progressively reflected in EU development policy and aid programming. It comprises:

  • An increased share of EU country and regional cooperation programmes dedicated to the policy priorities given in sections 2 and 3 below
  • the concentration of EU activities in each country on a maximum of three sectors
  • an increased volume and share of EU aid to the countries most in need and where the EU can have a real impact, including fragile states
  • enhanced importance of human rights, democracy and good governance trends in determining the mix of instruments and aid modalities at country level
  • continued support for social inclusion and human development through at least 20% of EU aid
  • a greater focus on investing in drivers for inclusive and s sustainable economic growth
  • a higher share of EU aid through innovative financial instruments, including under facilities for blending grants and loans
  • a focus on helping reduce developing countries' exposure to global shocks such as climate change, ecosystem and resource degradation, and volatile and escalating energy and agricultural prices, by concentrating investment in sustainable agriculture and energy
  • tackling the challenges of security, fragility and transition
  • joint EU and Member States response strategies based on partners' own development strategies
  • a common EU results reporting framework
  • improved Policy Coherence for Development, including through new thematic programmes that build synergies between global interests and poverty eradication.

 European Commission - October 2011

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