Joint Programming is the joint planning of development cooperation by EU development partners working in a partner country. It is a policy tool contributing to a stronger Europe and bringing together resources and capacities. Now, more than ever, the European Union, the Member States and other like-minded governments need to join forces, programme their development aid together and, eventually, develop a strategic and coordinated response to key challenges such as migration and climate change. Working closely together will enhance the EU's ability to decisively contribute to the partner country's national development plan and to support our partners in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. More information on how Joint Programming progresses in each partner country: capacity4dev.eu
In line with the Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions of May 2012, calling for the EU and its Member States to join efforts to reduce aid fragmentation, an initiative to foster joint EU aid programming in Egypt was launched in 2012. However, the mid-2013 events and subsequent period of political and institutional transition put on hold the exercise and affected the programming and delivery of most EU donors' cooperation. International aid agendas also needed to be adjusted to the new context.
Joint programming in Egypt was relaunched in 2015, based on an indicative roadmap, and has been closely aligned to the country's national development strategy, the "Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt Vision 2030", as well as the government's subsequent implementation plans. It is being carried out in two steps, namely: (i) drafting a Joint Analysis of Egypt's political, social, economic and planning context, and (ii) drafting a Joint Response, with provisions on the division of labour, the synchronisation of programming cycles and identification of indicative financial allocations.
The Joint EU Analysis of Egypt's Political, Social, Economic and Planning was concluded in September 2016. The drafting of a Joint EU Response will take place during 2017. Once formally approved by EU Member States and institutions, the Joint Analysis and the Joint Response are expected to constitute a new Joint EU Programming Strategy for Development Cooperation in Egypt.
The EU and its Member States see Egypt as a key partner to promote stability and sustainable development in the Southern Neighbourhood region. Accordingly, the strategic aim of the EU's relationship with Egypt is to promote the joint interests of fostering peace and prosperity, and to guarantee long-term stability on both sides of the Mediterranean.
The EU pursues this aim through a well-calibrated engagement that combines dialogue and support to the political, economic and social reforms and will be guided by jointly established Partnership Priorities. Additionally, as set out in the Association Agreement, a shared commitment to the universal values of democracy, the rule of law and the respect for human rights remains the cornerstone of the EU-Egypt partnership. Other key EU objectives include the sustainable use of natural resources, the protection of the environment, climate change prevention and adaptation, as well as migration management.
Taking into account the challenging local environment and experiences in other countries where the process of EU Joint Programming has already been more advanced, a Joint Programming Strategy for Egypt endorsed by EU Development Partners is foreseen to be approved by 2018.