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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can request TCP assistance?

The Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) is driven by the demands and development priorities of FAO member countries. Requests are normally submitted or endorsed by governments, and in some cases by regional or interregional organizations of which governments are members. They may also be submitted by national Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) or other national institutions or associations (including non-governmental institutions, national foundations, cooperatives, unions, etc.) if endorsed by the government concerned. In general, requests should be endorsed by the government authorities responsible for the coordination of external technical cooperation, and the technical ministry concerned with the subject matter.

At the request of the government, the FAO Representative's office, the subregional offices, the regional offices or FAO headquarters can provide assistance in formulating appropriate project proposals. In exceptional situations, and if field missions are required for project formulation, the expenditures for the project formulation can be considered as an advance allocation to be subsequently included in the project budget when approved.

To whom should a request for TCP assistance be directed?

Requests for TCP assistance should be addressed to the Director-General of FAO although the Assistant Director-General of the Technical Cooperation Department may receive requests on behalf of the Director-General. In those countries where FAO has an accredited representative, the requests should normally be channelled through this person.

Is there a standard format, form or template to be used for requesting TCP assistance?

There is no rigid format for the presentation of requests for TCP assistance. However, to ensure prompt action and to avoid the need to return to the originator for clarification, requests should be accompanied by a project draft or outline or otherwise contain, in sufficient detail, the basic information required for appraising and preparing a draft project agreement.

The standard format of TCP project agreements as well as the relevant instructions for their preparation is provided in Annex 2 of the TCP Guidelines for National Stakeholders.

How does FAO assess whether a request for assistance can turn into an approved TCP project?

All requests are subject to a thorough review and appraisal process at different levels of the Organization, involving the FAO Representative, the technical and operating officers at the FAO regional or subregional offices, and the Technical Cooperation Programme Service (TCOT) and the technical units concerned at FAO headquarters.

Who is responsible for the soundness and technical content of a TCP project?

Whatever the implementation arrangements and the types of cooperation provided under TCP, the responsibility for the soundness and the quality of the services rendered rests with FAO, which ensures that the technical cooperation arrangements meet the highest technical standards, leading to the best possible technical results.

Who is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of TCP projects?

TCP projects are implemented jointly by FAO and the national counterpart institution/cooperating agency designated by the government (or the intergovernmental organization). The government provides the technical and administrative personnel on a full-time basis, in addition to other local facilities and resources, which are necessary for the effective work of the project personnel recruited by FAO. During their implementation, TCP projects are monitored by the FAO Representative (or the UNDP Representative) and by FAO Project Task Forces, which operate from the FAO regional or subregional offices, and/or FAO headquarters. The appropriate units of FAO can at any time, and even after project completion, inspect, evaluate and audit projects funded under the Technical Cooperation Programme.

Who is responsible for the follow-up of TCP projects?

When a TCP project ends, and before the departure from the country of FAO experts or consultants (if applicable), discussions are organized by the FAO Representative with the government to review the project's achievements and results, to identify pending issues, to agree on immediate follow-up action, and to examine the need for further external assistance, including future involvement of FAO through extra-budgetary funding sources (Trust Funds or UNDP) or national funding (Unilateral Trust Funds). The responsibility for continuing and expanding successful actions rests with the government.

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