Ecuadorian Agency for International Cooperation

Author: 
UNDP

The Ecuadorian Agency for International Cooperation (AGECI) was founded in 2008 as the guiding agency of the Ecuadorean International Cooperation System (SECI). Prior to the founding of AGECI, Ecuador had limited capacity to manage aid resources due to a lack of coordination amongst government ministries and the absence of a guiding framework such as the National Development Plan.

AGECI’s was set up with the primary mandate of convening the coordination with Ecuador’s donors, managing aid-funded programs, and planning projects for different sectors. AGECI ensures that agreed upon commitments made in the context of international conventions are followed up and adhered to by the appropriate agencies. In addition, AGECI runs an Institutional Strengthening Programme, which coordinates non-refundable technical cooperation, shares best practices on cooperation policies, and is currently also developing and implementing a new monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system. Under its capacity development programme, AGECI works to strengthen the departments of sectoral ministries that deal with international cooperation agreements by supporting the professional development of their staff through academic and other ongoing learning programmes.

However, AGECI was recognised to have weak capacities to fulfil its mandate. The government of Ecuador asked UNDP to provide support to this newly established institution. UNDP and a handful of national academic institutions have partnered with the government to identify the main issues affecting AGECI’s capacity to deliver on its mandate.

Response

UNDP assisted AGECI in the following ways:

  • It worked with the government to design the legislation and by-laws guiding the organisation.
  • It helped design a strategic plan and a long term-road map through the provision of expert technical support;
  • UNDP also supported the adoption of information and communication technology and systems to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and enhance information flows within the institution;
  • AGECI’s staff were provided scholarships to study in quality educational institutions for their own skills building.

Results

Currently, the legislation regulating and guiding the work of AGECI and then the overall approach of international cooperation in Ecuador is in place. Putting in place systems, work process rationalization and laying down of procedures have contributed to increased AGECI’s performance in the management of aid and international cooperation in Ecuador, and better trained and qualified staff offer improved services. AGECI has adopted an integrated aid management system which allows it to track the geographic distribution of aid.

Improved coordination mechanisms between AGECI and other governmental institutions have contributed to improve the alignment of aid-funded programmes within the National Development Plan and in compliance with the precepts of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

GECI is now poised to further develop its capacity to start engaging in South-South cooperation with other developing and middle-income countries to exchange knowledge and experiences. The focus of these is to exchange an learn about approaches for decentralized development interventions.

Year of publication: 
2010
Collection: 
UNDP Capacity is Development: Stories of Institutions
Country: 
ECUADOR
Themes and sectors: 
Aid management
Themes and sectors: 
South-South cooperation

The above is a summary or extract from the original source material. For the complete case story, please see the address given above.