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SUPPORT TO ECOWAS PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT REFORMS

Source of funds: 10th EDF (CRIS reference: 2013/ 021-523)

Decision date: 22/07/2013 (FA signature date: 22.11.2013)

Total budget 9.8 MEUR (EU – 8.9 MEUR; counterpart – 0.9MEUR)

Implementation period 22/11/2013 – 11/16/2020

(GOPA-05/02/2016-02/12/2018);(ECORYS-20/08/2016 – 11/06/2020)

Implementing agency Partially decentralised management with ECOWAS (Support from Technical

Assistance Teams comprising of ECORYS (Result 1)and GOPA(Results 2&3)

Geographical region: West Africa


Objectives: The objective is to support the ECOWAS Commission in implementing its regional strategy and

pursuing its mandate in a more effective way, through a better management of its resources.

Expected results:

· Capacities of selected horizontal directorates of the ECOWAS Commission are strengthened and institutional

reforms are supported to ensure compliance of ECOWAS procedures with international standards related to

the 9 pillars (including accounting, auditing, internal control, HR and procurement);

· The ECOWAS Commission has an enhanced capacity to fulfil its role of Regional Authorising Officer (RAO) in

the implementation of 10th EDF projects in compliance with the applicable financial and contractual

procedures;

· ECOWAS Commission ensures efficient monitoring of the 10th EDF projects, in coordination with the West

African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Commission and in the context of improved coherence

with other donors’ interventions.

Main accomplishments to date:

· Support to the relevant Directorates of the ECOWAS Commission towards meeting the requirements to

pass the 9 pillar assessment;

· Support towards operationalizing the office of the Auditor General (AG) concretized in March 2018, with

the appointment of the first AG of the ECOWAS Commission as well as enhancement of Internal and

programme performance Audit capacities;

· Establishment of a regulatory framework through the development of ECOWAS Financial Regulations,

Grant Code and Procurement Code. Staff regulations and the procurements procedure;

· Strengthened capacities of the procurement division in contractual procedures through targeted technical

assistance (tender launch, evaluation and contract award; programme estimate preparations);

· Improved coordination between projects, procurement division and the finance directorate;

· Strengthening of systems and processes to facilitate an internal quality control system for the submission of

payments;

· Training on EDF financial and contractual procedures provided for ECOWAS staff in the finance and

procurement divisions as well as implementing directorates;

· Preparing the integration of the mechanism for monitoring the 10th and 11th EDF RIP projects (in Ecolink

Business Information (BI) solution: format, data requirements, quality control on reports for the BI

platform, responsibilities, etc.).

Main Issues:

As Technical assistants are not directly assigned to staff in order to build capacity - sustainability of the results of

the activities is at risk.

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