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The Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) involves a wide range of partners from both outside and inside FAO. The TCP is demand-driven in that it responds to the problems identified by national stakeholders and expressed in the form of official requests, submitted by the counterpart to FAO. Therefore, the driving force behind the TCP is the governments and national or regional organizations which request TCP assistance to solve a specific problem while FAO is responsible for providing support in the most efficient manner. The men and women in the rural communities who are the direct or indirect beneficiaries of the assistance are also important partners.

Up to December 2009, the TCP was managed by the FAO's Technical Cooperation Department (TC) and coordinated by the TCP Service at FAO’s headquarters. In January 2010, a large share of the responsibility for TCP management was transferred from FAO’s headquarters to its decentralized offices. The decentralized TCP is supported by the TCP Team.

The TCP Team

The TCP Team is composed of staff located in FAO's headquarters within the Policy and Programme Development Support Division (TCS) of TC and staff located in each of the FAO’s Regional Offices. The TCP Team support the Head of TC and of FAO's Regional, Subregional and Country Offices on various aspects of the TCP management. For more information consult the Contact Us section of this Website.

The Technical Cooperation Department (TC)

The corporate management and oversight of the TCP rests with TC. In addition, TC is responsible for the appraisal against the TCP criteria and, in case of eligibility, approval of TCP projects falling under the “Emergency assistance” category and of interregional TCP projects. TC also manages the peer review of regional “Development assistance” TCP projects. For more information, consult the TCP Manual and the FAQ section of this Website.
 
The Regional Offices (ROs)

Under delegation from TC, FAO’s Regional Offices (located in Chile, Egypt, Ghana, Hungary, Thailand), are responsible for the distribution of the TCP resources allocated for regional, subregional and national TCP projects falling under the “Development assistance“ category, including the TCP Facility modality in accordance with the guidance provided by the Member countries. The ROs are also responsible for all stages of the approval process for  regional “development assistance” projects (including the TCP Facility modality). This includes the earliest discussions on TCP project ideas and priority setting, coordination of project document formulation process, appraisal of the proposal against the TCP criteria, submission of the project document for peer review at headquarters by TC, project document finalization, project approval, implementation and closure.

The Subregional offices (SROs)

FAO’s decentralized offices at subregional level are responsible for all stages of the approval process for subregional TCP projects falling under the “Development assistance” category (including the TCP Facility modality). This includes the earliest discussions on TCP project ideas and priority setting, coordination of project document formulation process, appraisal of the proposal against the TCP criteria, submission of the project document for peer review at regional level by the respective RO, project document finalization, project approval, implementation and closure.

The Country offices

FAO’s decentralized offices at national level are responsible for all stages of the approval process for national TCP projects falling under the “Development assistance” category (including the TCP Facility modality). This includes the earliest discussions on TCP project ideas and priority setting, coordination of project document formulation process, appraisal of the proposal against the TCP criteria, submission of the project document for peer review at subregional level by the respective SRO, project document finalization, project approval, implementation and closure.

The technical services

FAO’s technical services at headquarters and in decentralize offices are involved in all phases of a TCP project and ensure that it is designed and implemented according to the highest technical standards. The FAO specialists provide guidance and supervision to the national and international consultants contributing to the TCP project and normally work directly with technical counterparts designated by the recipient government.

The Government agencies

A government that has been granted TCP support agrees to dedicate the maximum level of national effort to the project. It collaborates at all project levels and stages and, whenever possible, it commits technical expertise and resources that will help the project achieve the greatest possible impact.

The beneficiaries and other stakeholders

The direct beneficiaries of a project are usually the rural communities and associations of resource-poor producers in the areas of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, but can also include urban and peri-urban producers as well as governmental institutions and services directly involved in finding the solutions to development problems. These actors and partners from institutions and civil society are fully implicated in the formulation and implementation of the TCP project in order to ensure the relevance of its objectives and the sustainability of its results.

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