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Budget Support

Covers issues such as macroeconomic stability, fiscal policy, economic growth, public debt, public finance management (including procurement), financial accountability and their practical implications for development programmes (in particular budget support operations but also technical cooperation projects).



The main objective of the course is to provide introductory training sessions on debt management, and provide in-depth technical training on the methodology of the new IMF/World Bank Debt Sustainability Framework (DSF) for low income developing countries.

Date: 16th July 2020 | From 09:00 to 11:30

Duration: 2.5 h

Target audience: EC Staff


The webinars will help EC staff better take into account the increasing political and economic importance of DRM and Domestic Public Finance in EU activities, in particular in the context of Budget Support operations. 

Date: 9th to 10th July 2020 | From 14:00 to 16:00

Duration: 2 days | 2 hours each day

Target audience: EC Staff


The 3-day virtual class will serve EC staff (and others) to either acquire or improve their knowledge of the EU Budget Support (BS) modality, in accordance to the Budget Support Guidelines 2017, be it in the context of development assistance, neighbourhood or pre-accession instruments. The training aims at strengthening the understanding of the BS instrument, its three contracts and the importance of policy dialogue as a tool for obtaining sustainable results in a broad array of BS operations. 

Date: 15th to 17th July 2020 | From 12:00 to 14:30

Duration: 3 days

Target audience: EC Staff 

Required: please complete the Budget Support e-learning course on DEVCO Academy

The 3-day virtual class will serve EC staff (and others) to either acquire or improve their knowledge of the EU Budget Support (BS) modality, in accordance to the Budget Support Guidelines 2017, be it in the context of development assistance, neighbourhood or pre-accession instruments. The training aims at strengthening the understanding of the BS instrument, its three contracts and the importance of policy dialogue as a tool for obtaining sustainable results in a broad array of BS operations.

Date: 13th to 15th July 2020 | From 16:00 to 18:30

Duration: 3 days 

Target audience: EC Staff

Required: please complete the Budget Support e-learning course on DEVCO Academy

We aim to provide you with an introduction to the building blocks and architecture of a typical Public Finance Management (PFM) system. In practice, these systems are as varied as their countries’ histories, cultures and institutions. A good understanding of PFM and its environment is essential for development and poverty reduction. 

Date: 9th to 14th July 2020 | From 9:00 to 12:30 each day

Duration: 4 half days

Target audience: EC Staff

This e-Learning course introduces the basic concepts of EU budget support in line with the policy set out in the Budget Support Communication (2011) and detailed in the EU Budget Support Guidelines (2017, updated version).


Duration: 4 hours

The updated 2017 budget support guidelines incorporate the new policy context, lessons learned and strengthened guidance notably on policy dialogue and Domestic Revenue Mobilisation, while streamlining reporting requirements. Budget support involves direct financial transfers to the national treasury of the partner country – conditional on policy dialogue, performance assessment and capacity building.< This is a way of fostering partner countries' ownership of development policies and reforms, focusing on results for people and sustainable development.


Tools and Methods Series, Guidelines No 7

Version September, 2017

Also available in French Spanish Portuguese

Budget support assists partner countries in the implementation of their policies with transfers to the national treasury, policy dialogue, performance assessment and capacity building. The objective of these documents is to provide methodological and operational assistance to EU Delegations with a view to supporting the identification, formulation and implementation of sector budget support operations in the different fields.
The purpose of this reference document is to provide guidance on how to promote the participation of civil society in domestic policy and budget processes. The document focuses on both national and local levels, with a view to identifying entry points for EU support in terms of policy dialogue and operational support.


Tools and Methods Series, Reference Document No 18

Version May, 2014

Budget Support is a method favoured by the European Commission for its sustainability, based on partnership, country ownership, trust and results. To strengthen these, the EU had updated and simplified its Budget Support Guidelines.


To read the updated Budget Support Guidelines click here

Also available in French Spanish