1. EU JOINT PROGRAMMING
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 by 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 cooperation 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.
For more information on how Joint Programming progresses in each partner country, please visit our Joint Programming group: http://capacity4dev.ec.europa.eu/joint-programming ; our website: https://jptracker.capacity4dev.eu/ ; or contact us directly here: DEVCO-Joint-Programming-Support@ec.europa.eu ; JOINT-PROGRAMMING-SUPPORT@eeas.europa.eu ; NEAR-JOINT-PROGRAMMING@ec.europa.eu
2. EU JOINT PROGRAMMING IN BOLIVIA
Joint Programming laid the foundations for European partners to join forces to provide a response that was well coordinated with other development partners' support to the Plurinational State of Bolivia (hereinafter Bolivia). The EU, its Member States present in Bolivia, concretely Belgium, Denmark, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom together with Switzerland as a like-minded donor, adopted the Joint European Strategy 2017-2020, which was officially signed and launched during an official ceremony on May 4, 2018 in the presence of Commissioner Mimica, the Bolivian Minister of Planning Ms M. Prado and the Bolivian Minister of Foreign Affairs F. Huanacuni. A video of the event can be seen here.
The Joint European Strategy was elaborated in cooperation with the Bolivian Ministry of Planning and Development and includes a joint analysis and response that are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aligned to Bolivia's Social and Economic Development Plan 2016-2020. It aims to improve coordination among the EU and Member States and to reduce fragmentation, while increasing efficiency, impact, transparency, quality and visibility of European development cooperation in Bolivia. The indicative funding of the EU and Member States in the framework of Joint Programming for the period 2017-2020 amounts to around EUR 550 Million.
The Joint European Strategy 2017-2020, serving as strategic guidance for development cooperation during this timeframe, is centred on the below-listed eight priority sectors. To achieve a clear division of labour and to allow Member States to play a significant role in the sectors of intervention they are most active in, each sector is led by one of the participating partners.
- Integral Development with Coca and the fight against Drug Trafficking
- Culture and Tourism
- Rural Development and Food Security
- Governance – including a) Democracy and Human Rights; b) Decentralisation; c) Gender; and d) Justice
- Environment and Climate Change – including a) Water and Sanitation; b) Forests and Biodiversity; c) Basins and irrigation; and d) Renewable Energies
- Economic Development and Employment
In addition to this, the Joint European Strategy includes five priority cross-cutting issues, which guarantees the incorporation of common goals in all sectors:
- Science and Technology
- Human Rights
- Environment and Climate Change
The Joint European Strategy strongly underlines the central role of Bolivia's civil society as well as the potential of the private sector in the contribution to the country's economic and social development and to the achievement of the SDGs.
An annual monitoring exercise of Joint Programming in Bolivia is taking place. To this aim, the European Joint Strategy includes a two-level monitoring system. On the one hand, a joint monitoring mechanism based on the indicators for effectiveness is established. On the other hand, the contribution by Member States to the achievement of the goals of the Economic and Social Development Plan 2016-2020 will be monitored.