Dearden, Stephen. (2007) "The Reform Agenda of the EU’s Development Policy". In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)
[From the introduction]. As an aid donor in its own right the European Commission (EC) should offer a number of significant advantages; it should ensure the coherence of EU policies – especially between aid and trade policies – offer the effectiveness of untied aid and achieve economies of scale in its own administration. In its relationship to the bilateral aid programmes of the Member States (MS) it should encourage coordination and complementarity, both with its own programmes and between bi-lateral aid programmes. The EC should also have a central role in administrative harmonisation, reducing the administrative burden on recipient government and encouraging the adoption of best practice. Politically it is possible that the multilateral funding of the EC may offer more ‘objective’ and consistent development assistance, free of the commercial and political considerations that often characterise national aid policies. In this paper I will be addressing the question as to whether the EC’s development programme has realised these expectations and how the Commission has responded to criticism.
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