A new paper from Concord on recommendations for DCI trialogue negotiation teams

CONCORD RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EU DECISION-MAKERS

The EU institutions negotiating the content of the final DCI Regulation should:

More nuanced and objective eligibility criteria

  •  Agree on clear and objective criteria in the case of differentiation, which should be included in the basic act, both to decide on eligibility and allocation.
  •  Use the criteria proposed by the European Parliament to decide whether or not countries are eligible for bilateral EU aid as these criteria also take into account inequality and vulnerability indicators. Using the criteria outlined by the Parliament would mean that at least Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru and South Africa would remain eligible for bilateral EU aid, without the need for political exceptions.

Aid as a game-changer in MICs

  • Put the fight against various forms of inequality and vulnerability at the core of its aid programmes, especially in MICs.
  •  Continue to ensure aid can be spent according to the development priorities and needs of the partner country and according to development effectiveness principles and high transparency and accountability standards. 
  • Continue to use the DCI thematic programmes to fund civil society where it is fulfilling a game-changing role in MICs, including those without bilateral aid programmes. 
  • Establish a structured dialogue with civil society to better understand the needs and possibilities of the poorest and most vulnerable in society. 
  • Evaluate, through dialogue with developing countries and populations, the impact of existing mechanisms before scaling up of aid to be blended with loans and promoting public-private blending facilities further. Mechanisms should be evaluated with regard to sustainable development and poverty reduction outcomes, debt sustainability, decent work creation, and social and environmental externalities. The transparency and accountability of these mechanisms against internationally agreed ODA standards should be assessed. They should also ensure that opportunity costs – referring to the lost opportunity to do something else with the money – have been carefully examined. Partner countries should take part in the governance of these mechanisms and the decisions on their general framing and orientations.