This Information Brief presents the main findings of a joint-evaluation study focusing on the performance of European Member States and the European Commission with respect to their coordination of assistance to local development.
The evaluation on which this information brief is based was commissioned and managed by the Department for Evaluation and Internal Audit of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and supported by the Evaluation Services of Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
The evaluators conclude that the European Union Member States and the Commission have a remarkably low level of performance when it comes to achieving value added effects and impacts of coordination efforts with each other in general, and specifically in the area of support for local development. Given their behaviour, systems, procedures, insufficient devolution of decision-making and absence of management incentives for good coordination performance, the evaluators conclude that donors have created serious impediments to local ownership and have put in place important obstacles to aid effectiveness and balanced relationships based on mutual accountability.
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The final report of this study, as well as its appendices, can be accessed HERE .