EC- DEVCO is responsible for formulating the EC’s development policy and for implementing EU development cooperation worldwide. The agency manages a number of financial instruments, most notably the Development Cooperation Instrument and the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights. While remaining in the ‘good’ category in the 2018 Index, DG DEVCO has fallen behind EC- NEAR and EC-ECHO. We therefore call on it to:
- Prioritise the publication of comprehensive performance-related information. This should also include pre-project impact appraisals and reviews and evaluations.
- Make improvements on information that is particularly valued by many data users, such as sub-national locations and implementers.
- Ensure the quality of its IATI publication, starting by regularly updating activity dates and statuses to reflect its development work on the ground.
- To demonstrate the impact of transparency on development work, EC-DEVCO should take responsibility to promote the use of the data they publish: internally, to promote coordination and effectiveness; and externally, to explore online and in-person feedback loops, including at country-level.