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A new online training course on Logical Framework Approach is a valuable first step towards greater use of online learning tools, according to PCM trainer Saskia Van Crugten.
Thanks to a clever use of existing procedures, the European Union Delegation to Burkina Faso working in partnership with the government, successfully managed a seamless transition from an emergency intervention by the Commission’s humanitarian body, ECHO, to offering long-term support to more than 100,000 flood victims.
There are abundant stories about over-ambitious targets and badly chosen indicators in Performance Assessment Frameworks. So should we do away with PAFs as instruments for sector capacity development? No, says Willem Cornelissen from the Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam and trainer for the Aid Delivery Method Programme of EuropeAid, but there is ample room for improving their use in the social sectors and develop related capacities.
Development professionals are regularly asked to assess results of Capacity Development programmes – a challenging task that is not always easily carried out. But a new tool, called the Rapid Assessment of Capacity, or RAC, has been designed with the intention of being fast, effective and low cost to implement.
Could development professionals at the European Commission improve their efforts in developing capacity by drawing some lessons from experiences in the private sector? Consultants Paul Beaulieu and Robert LeBlanc, think they could.
Results Orientated Monitoring, or ROM for short, provides external, objective and impartial feedback on the performance of European Commission aid projects and programmes as part of the Commission’s commitment to quality assurance.
Office Quality Support Groups, known in-house as QSG, are a decision making process that brings together staff in headquarters with colleagues in delegation to ensure the European Commission funded projects are as good as possible.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is now a well-established field in which companies are expected to take measures to improve their impacts on society and the environment. But why should businesses be more responsible, how can this influence development, and how can they assess their impact?
The European Union delegation’s support for the Philippines’ Bureau of Customs has become a triple shot. Benedikt Madl, Programme Manager for Trade at the EU delegation to the Philippines, explains.
African think tanks prove useful in researching, influencing, designing and implementing policies and can therefore be used by development practitioners in project cycles, said Dr Frannie Léautier, Executive Secretary of the  African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), a Zimbabwe-based organisation that supports 39 think tanks in 25 African countries.

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