Delegated Cooperation Agreement
Under delegated cooperation agreements, GIZ is accredited to manage European Commission funds to assist partner countries. GIZ implements these funds in the form of joint activities on behalf of the federal government (co-financing). It also executes EU contracts through GIZ International Services. The term `delegated cooperation` means, in accordance with the `UNION Code of Conduct for the Division of Labour in Development Policy`, an administrative arrangement allowing the European Commission to delegate funds to a Member State for the implementation of cooperation programmes after the signature of a specific `delegation agreement` and to transfer funds to the Commission by signing `transfer agreements`. to facilitate greater aid concentration and effectiveness in partner countries and sectors, where the added value of a given donor is more evident, the maximizing aid effectiveness. From 2012 to the present, delegated cooperation has been consolidated to be an essential element of Italian cooperation. Italy is one of the first four Member States to implement EU cooperation programmes, with clearly positive returns for the Italian development cooperation system, both in terms of the volume of funds available for cooperation interventions and political visibility: within the EU itself, in partner countries and in other donors. The definition of the modalities for the transfer of DGCS to the AICS of the delegated cooperation initiatives currently implemented by DFAIT in different countries is ongoing GIZ is implementing a number of different projects within the framework of the EU trust funds created in recent years. One of them is the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis, « Madad », managed by LEAR. Two delegated cooperation programmes currently exist in Sudan: • TFSDN11 – helping migrants and host communities to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities in eastern Sudan under the €2 million Regional Development and Protection Programme for the Horn of Africa (European Fund in which the Netherlands plays a leading role); • TFSDN13 – Strengthening the resilience of refugees, displaced persons and host communities in eastern Sudan under the European Trust Fund, in line with the Valletta Action Plan on Addressing the Causes of Migration (2016) for an amount of €12 million. The following two interventions have been completed: • PQHS (Promotional Quality Health Services in Eastern Sudan started in January 2014); • IHSVP (Improve the Health Status of Vulnerable Population in Eastern Sudan) was launched in January 2015. In the car, the EUR 3.7 million project was approved in December 2018.