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Indietro14 March, 2022

Development Cooperation

The European Commission and the results based financing (RBF)

Results-based financing (RBF) is one of several broad approaches to finance official development assistance that attempt to connect at least a portion of payment to the verified achievement of results.


The European Commission is one large and influential donor that has shown a long-standing interest in RBF approaches.


In this respect, the 2018 revision of the European Union Financial Regulation contains several provisions that explicitly encourage and permit deployment of RBF financing models. Specifically, the Regulation specifies the permissibility of “financing not linked to costs” but instead to “the achievement of results measured by reference to previously set milestones or through performance indicators.” In addition, the European Parliament has strongly supported and urged expansion of these measures, explicitly recognizing “the need to strengthen the focus of future spending on performance”.


Also the revised FAFA, in its preamble, states: “The shift to a results orientation should be accompanied by a corresponding shift away from the exclusive examination of inputs and activities: it should simplify the administration of, and information generated by, UN Actions.”


Finally, the PRAG, at article Art 14.3 of the General Conditions, refers to the “Performance-based financing” as a possibility.


Given the high interest of EU institutions in the adoption of this approach, in late 2019, the Center for Global Development (CGD) entered in a research partnership with DG INTPA to develop operational guidelines for the use of results-based financing and broadly communicate lessons learned from the process. The result is the policy paper Translating Results-Based Financing from Theory to Operational Reality: Lessons from the Practical Application of RBF at the European Commission that you can read at this link.


Considering the relevance of the topic for the next coming years, the PuntoSud Academy is glad to announce the launch of the course: “Result Based Management approach: driving and measuring change in developing contexts”. The course will be held in virtual classroom modality on 18-19-20 May 2022 by Andrea Stroppiana, subject matter expert with the support of PuntoSud Academy experts.


Click on this link to have an overview of the course, don’ t miss this opportunity!

3 May, 2022

Humanitarian Aid

DG ECHO New Cash Transfer policy

The new policy document summarises the position of the DG ECHO on the use of cash transfers in responding to humanitarian needs and presents operational guidance setting out DG ECHO’s expectations in the field of humanitarian cash assistance.

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25 March, 2022

Humanitarian Aid

DG ECHO publishes the "Minimum Environmental Requirements and Recommendations" document

DG ECHO, together with its partners, has developed  project-level minimum environmental requirements for partners, covering priority areas. The reults have been published in the document "Minimum Environmental Requirements and Recommendations"

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18 March, 2022

Development Cooperation

NDICI - Global Europe - Information conference

DG INTPA - Unit D.3 - organised a conference where some relevant aspects of the NDICI - Global Europe instrument have been explained.

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7 March, 2022

Humanitarian Aid

DG ECHO Resilience Marker Guidelines

DG ECHO just published the General Guidelines for Resilinece Marker containining explanations and examples on how to assess and include resilnece in humanitarian actions.

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