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Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 10 December 2009
South-South Cooperation is moving up the international aid effectiveness agenda. Colombia is hosting a high-level event on South-South Cooperation and capacity development in March 2010. Capacity4dev.eu will follow the debate up to that event and gives a first overview in this article.
With the start of the New Year, Spain assumed the presidency of the European Union. During Spain’s six-month term the EU is set to implement a framework that includes measures on technical cooperation for enhanced capacity development and the new presidency has already thrown the spotlight on the role of southern partners.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 29 January 2010
As a high level meeting on South-South Cooperation and Capacity Development approaches, there is a growing push to get from talking to walking.
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!
Haiti is still reeling from a devastating earthquake, but its leaders don’t want the humanitarian relief operation to detract from the country’s long-term development objectives and the Commission has offered its support, according to top officials.
The European Commission's reform of technical cooperation, has become an integral part of the EC's work, according to Gary Quince, EuropeAid's Director for African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries. It was only a couple of years ago that Mr Quince, like many Commission staff, first began hearing about ‘The Backbone’ – the shorthand for the Commission’s policy document to reform the way it delivers technical cooperation.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 4 March 2010
A call for case studies detailing effective south-south cooperation in practice, launched by the Task Team on South-South Cooperation, has generated wide interest.
How can we bring the principles of the Backbone Strategy on Technical Cooperation Reform into supporting infrastructure programmes? How can we be Backbone-minded? These were the themes of a recent internal session at EuropeAid headquarters. AIDCO Unit E7, which is in charge of quality assurance on transport, water, energy and urban development programmes, organised the internal session on how to bring The Backbone Strategy into daily operations.
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.

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