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EU aid programme ‘performs poorly’

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

EU aid programme ‘performs poorly’

EU aid programme ‘performs poorly’ on value for money and effectiveness, and needs ‘significant improvements’, according a report published on Tuesday 11 December by the UK Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI).
The report which focusses on the impact of EU aid on the ground in low-income countries through three case studies: Mozambique, Tajikistan and Uganda highlights several cases in which EU aid money has been inappropriately used.
In Mozambique, the EU set aside £60million to build a 60-mile stretch of road which would provide a missing link between the major port of Quelimane and the Malawian border; also, in Uganda where the EU has now built so many roads that the network is ‘well beyond the size and standard the country can afford to maintain’.
The report expresses surprise that the EU ‘does not have a specific definition of value for money’, with the result that it does not bother to keep track of the issue. It also warns that neither the EU, nor the UK Department for International Development (Dfid) are doing enough to clamp down on corruption.
However, even if weaknesses in the EU’s own performance management and results framework make an overall view of the impact of EU programmes difficult to achieve, researchers admit that there are some positive results but long-term impact and sustainability have not been demonstrated.

Source: DailyMail Online, ICAI