Working with the EU in Asia and the Pacific
FAO Bangkok hosts training on cooperation with FAO’s biggest donor
On 25 and 26 July, at the initiative of the Assistant Director-General for Asia and the Pacific, Mr H. Konuma, FAO’s Resource Mobilization and Operations Support Service organized a training on working with the European Union (EU), one of FAO’s most important resource partners.
The training took place in Bangkok with the participation some 30 staff members colleagues from FAO’s regional office for Asia and the Pacific, as well as from the Organization’s country offices in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste and Vietnam.
It was the fifteenth in a series that started in June 2011 with the first two workshops held in Accra, Ghana.
The EU is FAO’s largest single source of voluntary funding. In 2011, FAO received US$ 184 million in new contributions from the EU, representing over 20 per cent of all voluntary contributions world-wide.
To maintain this level of cooperation, FAO’s Resource Mobilization and Operations Support Service has been training FAO staff at headquarters in Rome and in the decentralized offices on the nuts and bolts of working with the EU.
The first day of the two-days’ training in Bangkok concentrated on creating EU funding opportunities for FAO’s integrated program of work and budget and on how to tap them, both within the current EU budget cycle from 2007 until 2013 and within the next from 2014 until 2020.
A good understanding of these processes is important, as there is a lot of potential for FAO-EU cooperation in Asia and the Pacific. Currently, this region represents less than 15% of FAO’s overall cooperation with the EU.
On the second day, the discussion focused on the special and general conditions applicable to EU-funded projects, as well as of the need for close operational and financial monitoring.
Speech of Mr H. Konuma, Assistant Director-General for Asia and the Pacific