Technical Cooperation Programme in Europe and Central Asia
The Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) was created to allow FAO to make its know-how and technical expertise available to Member Countries, drawing upon its own regular budget.
Demand-driven technical assistance responds to governments’ priority needs, catalyzing change, developing national capacities, and helping countries mobilize resources.
Under this programme, FAO provides technical expertise to its Members through targeted, short-term, catalytic and sustainable projects. The projects address technical problems in agriculture, fisheries, forestry and rural livelihoods that prevent Member Countries from implementing their development programmes.
The TCP may be used in all areas of FAO’s mandate and competence, which are covered by the Organization’s Strategic Framework.
Of the total TCP budget, 82 percent is allocated to the FAO regions and managed under the authority of Regional Representatives.
For Europe and Central Asia, the Regional Representative manages the regional TCP funds while the “TCP Coordinators” manage the country programmes and approve TCP projects. The TCP Coordinator role in Europe and Central Asia is performed:
- for regional projects – by the Regional Representative
- for subregional projects and national projects in countries with no FAO Representative – by the Deputy Regional Representative and the Subregional Coordinator for Central Asia
- for national projects – by FAO Representatives.
TCP funds originate from the Member Countries’ contributions to FAO, and use of the funds is governed by criteria established by FAO Governing Bodies. Every request for TCP assistance is appraised against these criteria to determine its eligibility.
For more information about the Technical Cooperation Programme, see the TCP Manual and related brochure, available at right.
Regional Programme Officer (TCP): Goran STAVRIK