Home » General » Answer – Children and youth in EU-ACP cooperation – E-003528/2016

1. The Commission does not monitor the implementation of the Cotonou Agreement articles individually. Development projects and programmes managed by the Commission are monitored and evaluated following robust methodologies, independently from their source of financing.

The EU and its partner countries respond to the commitments of Article 26 by co-managing a wide range of projects related to the protection of rights of children and youth, especially girls’ rights, to their education and their integration into the productive sector(1).

2. The Cotonou Agreement has assisted African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) governments to shape and finance education policies and has contributed to improved strategies and increased availability of social services infrastructure with a focus on the poor. This has also led to improved and more equitable access to basic services, including a significant increase in enrolment rates in primary and secondary school with positive impacts on the literacy indicators.

3. Cooperation between the EU and the ACP beyond 2020 will be framed by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The EU programmes and projects will contribute to the progressive achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the ACP countries. Children and youth are among the target groups to benefit from our development cooperation instruments by focused interventions or indirectly through a range of sectorial support in a comprehensive and rights-based approach, aiming to ensure their well-being, rights, social inclusion and empowerment.

The EU monitoring and strategic evaluation tools are subject to regular reviews aiming to foster an effective quality and result oriented framework to increase the EU impact on the ground.

(1) Some examples of projects financed through the European Development Fund: Zimbabwe. Programme of support to the national action plan for orphans and other vulnerable children, EDF/2011/22-675 — EUR 12 million. The general objective is that, by 2020, all children in Zimbabwe live in a safe, secure and supportive environment that is conducive to child growth and development. Cote d’Ivoire. Programme of support to foster vocational training and youth integration, EDF/2011/22-049 — EUR 29 million. The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to social cohesion, youth integration and competitiveness of Cote d’Ivoire companies through support to the sector of technical education and vocational training. Solomon Islands. Technical and vocational education and training. EDF/2007/20-804 — EUR 2.6 million, The project supports the Solomon Islands government’s technical and vocational education and training policy, which aims to create more training and employment opportunities for those who do not complete, or have not attended primary and secondary education.