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Development Cooperation

Financial Management in Development Cooperation is a challenge for many beneficiaries beyond the European Union’s borders

The European Union is the world’s biggest donor, providing more than half of all development aid worldwide. However, in order to cooperate with the EU successfully and to benefit from the funds, beneficiaries have to comply with a multitude of accounting regulations of projects financed by the EU. EU financing instruments such as the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENI) and the Financing instrument for Development Cooperation (DCI) necessitate extensive reporting and a strictly result based management approach on the side of beneficiaries to comply with all rules and prevent the withdrawal of funding.

lang_en 13. April 2015 - 14. April 2015, RAMADA Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz

The current Programming Period 2014-2020 holds lots of opportunities to fund innovative ideas and projects. The architecture of European Funds and direct grants continues to offer a wide range of funding opportunities in the Member States. However, funding is often not used as effectively as possible or it may be denied due to lack of knowledge or poor planning. Although the numerous programmes and initiatives have different features, the development and implementation of projects in practice follow common rules.

lang_en 16. April 2015 - 17. April 2015, Arcotel John F

In times of austerity, audits of public procurements have gained in importance. However, practitioners from public administrations often find auditing public procurement processes to be one of the most challenging and complex fields to audit. Misspent public money in low quality services and goods can endanger both the financial and operational integrity of an organisation.

lang_en 20. April 2015 - 21. April 2015, Arcotel John F

For a contracting authority to ensure that contractual terms and conditions are realised in the execution phase, contract management is key. During the public procurement process a contracting authority puts a lot of time and effort into identifying reliable business partners, negotiating favourable terms, and ensuring a strong basis for the award decision.

lang_en 23. April 2015 - 24. April 2015, Maritim Hotel Berlin

Managers of organisations, programmes and projects funded by multinational, international, European and national funds need to ensure that they achieve the highest results.

lang_en 04. May 2015 - 05. May 2015, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

The European Union (EU) and its Member States are the world’s biggest donors, providing more than half of all development cooperation funding worldwide. However, in order to cooperate with the EU successfully and to benefit from the external cooperation funds, beneficiaries have to comply with a multitude of accounting regulations for projects financed by the EU.

lang_en 11. May 2015 - 12. May 2015, Mövenpick Hotel Berlin

Advanced hands-on experience, operative know-how and thorough knowledge of procedures and risks are necessary to ensure clear, effective and reliable procurement procedures. While the new EU procurement directives require more flexibility, transparency and fulfilment of high qualitative, environmental, social and innovation standards, many contracting authorities still favour lowest price criterion as the safest and fastest procedure. Yet, many examples prove that the lowest price does not always mean lowest costs and therefore needs to be extended by additional criteria.

lang_en 01. June 2015 - 03. June 2015, Maritim Hotel Berlin

The new EU Directives on Public Procurement implicate a number of modifications and bring in some significant changes, particularly to the range of contracts subject to the EU public procurement regime.

lang_en 22. June 2015 - 23. June 2015, Arcotel John F

In current times of tight public budgets, public administrations must set and achieve their goals in the most effective, efficient and economical way. This new obligation also alters the responsibilities of auditors in the public sector. To ensure that public institutions operate most efficiently and effectively, auditors can no longer focus on their traditional task of financial audits.

lang_en 24. August 2015 - 28. August 2015, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

Fraud and corruption in the public sector heavily harm the economy, lower investment levels and reduce public finances. Anti-fraud and anti-corruption strategies are often not effective enough and damages done to public institutions and their budgets by fraud and corruption can be enormous ranging from financial loss to reduction of organisational performance, reputation, credibility and public confidence.

lang_en 27. August 2015 - 28. August 2015, Maritim Hotel Berlin

The European Union (EU) and its Member States remain the world’s biggest donor, providing more than half of all development aid worldwide. However, in order to cooperate successfully with the EU and to benefit from the external cooperation funds, beneficiaries have to follow a multitude of administrative regulations and fulfil all external audit requirements.

lang_en 27. August 2015 - 28. August 2015, RAMADA Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz

Energy projects are at the centre of attention in the current programming period 2014-2020. Projects in the fields of energy efficiency (EE), renewable energies (RE) and CO2 reduction have a special focus due to their importance in reaching the Europe 2020 goals: Cohesion policy funding will allocate an estimated total of 36 billion EUR to investments in energy efficiency, renewable, smart grids and urban mobility. Horizon 2020 will designate approximately 5.4 billion EUR to research and innovation in “secure, clean and efficient energy” and 840 million EUR to energy efficiency alone.

lang_en 17. September 2015 - 18. September 2015, This event will take place in a 4-Star hotel in Berlin.

With the new public procurement directive 2014/24/EU, which has come into effect in 2014, the European Commission has introduced a number of opportunities that allow for more flexibility in the procurement process while upholding the basic requirements of competition, transparency and equal treatment.

lang_en 21. September 2015 - 22. September 2015, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

Whether internal or external, strategic, financial, operational or reputational risks – these can significantly hinder the work of your authority. In the current economic and financial context the lack of an adequate approach to risk management is an enormous and real threat to the work of any public administration, since nowadays work efficiency and effectiveness in the public sector are more important than ever before. For that reason, it is of extreme importance that public authorities do not rely solely on their intuition in dealing with risks, but use professional formalised risk management as an integral and ongoing part of their general management process.