The European Development Fund is among the main lenders of Burkina Faso. It provides about one-fifth of aid total amount received by the country. The implementation of these resources is, for many years, the responsibility of the Ministry of economy and finance for which the Minister exercises the functions of the EDF National authorizing officer.
The implementation of EDF resources is, in this context affected by several weaknesses, in particular:
i) the insufficient involvement of the COPS-EU at the programming level, identification and training;
(ii) the quality and time of various documents preparation transmitted by the national authorizing officer to the European Union Delegation;
(iii) the flow of information and consultation mechanisms, both internal to the administration as between the partners aren't efficient and
iv) the low involvement of national authorizing officer services for everything concerning visibility and communication.
The general objective is to support the services of NAO to a more effective implementation of the resources of the EDF in Burkina Faso and therefore to the improvement of the aid effectiveness. The special purpose of this agreement is to strengthen services capacity of the NAO and to facilitate cooperation between Burkina Faso and the European Union.
• Project/programme planning
• Project/programme identification
• Project/programme implementation/management
• Institutional capacity building/strengthening
• Project evaluation and monitoring
• Quality control
• Administrative assistance
• Project Cycle Management (PCM)