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Source of funds: 11th EDF (CRIS ref: 2016/039-578)

Decision date: 30/11/2016

Total budget: EUR 4.3 M - (2M EUR decommitted towards increasing the budget for 11th EDF

Institutional Support to ECOWAS)

Implementation period: 03/02/2017 - 03/02/2021

Implementing agency: ECOWAS and UEMOA

Geographical region: West Africa


The overall objective is the support for the identification, drafting and implementation of the RIP. Mobilisation

of short-, medium- and long-term expertise as well as studies and seminars.

Expected results:

· The successful identification of programmes to be supported under the RIP;

· The successful formulation and preparation of programmes to be supported under the RIP;

· Production of sector studies that will assist in increasing the performance and efficiency of ongoing and

future programming;

· Increased understanding of development and trade issues by key actors through the organization of

seminars and trainings.

Main activities:

· Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) – a facility for the engagement of short to medium term consultants

to assist in the main stages of the project cycle to ensure the effective implementation of the Regional

Indicative Programme (RIP);

· Conferences and Seminars and Training Support for Projects & Programmes– this will finance various

educational actions such as seminars or awareness-raising activities prior to or during the

formulation/implementation of a project or programme – for example a Project Cycle Management

workshop of stakeholders in a sector identified in the RIP.

Main accomplishments to date:

· Final signature for TCF I obtained from UEMOA in January 2017. Use of funds has effectively begun;

· Funding from the TCF has supported a number of identification and formulation missions of 11th EDF

programmes and also provided support towards the high level Strategic Steering Committee meetings

(COS) between ECOWAS, UEMOA and the EU;

· Contribution towards the establishment of the RAO support unit by financing the Technical Assistance

charged with oversight of its activities.

Main Issues:

· As 2 million euros have been transferred to the 11th EDF Institutional Support Project, more judicious

use of the remaining funds is anticipated;

· Request for extension denied, putting at



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