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Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 2 October 2009
The European Commission is taking a lead role in championing a results-driven reform of technical cooperation. In a video interview to mark the launch of the new Capacity4dev.eu platform, Koos Richelle, Director General of the Commission's development arm, EuropeAid, explains the modalities of that reform.
When taking stock of the progress of the TC reform, some delegation staff complain that the reform imposes a heavy burden of new reporting obligations with little value added in terms of improving the quality of TC operations. Indeed it would be ironic if a reform that encourages greater engagement with partners, and actively promotes partner ownership, kept those on the frontline busy serving headquarters instead.
Early this year, as part of the so called External Assistance Management Report (EAMR), all delegations were asked to map their significant ongoing technical cooperation support and major features of Programme Implementation Units. A first summary of this mapping exercise has now been prepared.   The mapping exercise is summarised in five findings:
Do you know how to encourage individuals to offer their services? Do you know how to organise a successful round of interviews, or modify a Financing Agreement with or without an addendum? Or how to mobilise public expertise from an EU Member State?
Over five days in May, the TC reform was presented, discussed, and brought "down to earth" in Manila in the Philippines. The EC Delegation had organised this first flexible learning and coaching process in close dialogue with the Brussels-based reform task team.  
We know that keeping abreast of latest European Commission policy is time consuming. So, to lighten your load, capacity4dev.eu has produced a fun video version of The Guidelines on Making Technical Cooperation More Effective. Watch and learn!
What does the European Commission’s reform of technical cooperation mean for in-country partners? This digested paper offers some guidance.
Since January, European Commission Delegations have been required to complete Quality Assessment Grids in addition to Action Fiches for technical cooperation support operations in the QSG process. The first samples arriving for review at headquarters offer some interesting lessons on the ongoing TC reform.
How can partners address capacity development and what can you do to support them in the early stages of such processes? This is a key issue that underlies all European Commission efforts towards sustainability of development and aid effectiveness.

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