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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).



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At the end of the e-Learning, participants will be acquainted with the main principles of Budget Support and be able to understand better challenges and opportunities of this instrument. This e-Learning course introduces the basic concepts of budget support in the new political context following the Communication of October 2011 and the revision of the guidelines made accordingly. The new guidelines fully entered into force in January 2013.
Duration: 12 hours
Also available in: Français

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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


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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.

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Deputy Director General, Klaus Rudischhauser, provides his thoughts on the recent Joint Evaluation of Budget Support to Tanzania.

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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

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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

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