On Tuesday 18 September 2018, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the effectiveness of the EU funding for the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The ECA assessed whether the EU support for the APSA was well designed, targeted and implemented. The auditors examined contracts concluded by the European Commission over the period 2014-2016 to help the African Union (AU) and regional organisations prevent, manage and resolve conflicts on the African continent. The audit covered over €100 million spending through the African Peace Facility and the Regional Indicative Programmes.
The report is expected to warn the EU support for the APSA has had a poor effect. The auditors are expected to single out a lack of clear priorities and long-term vision, and make a number of recommendations for improving the EU’s approach, including on fostering AU’s ownership, refocusing EU support and making it consistently results-based.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
The member states of the African Union established the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) in 2002 as a long-term structural response to the peace and security challenges on the African continent. The EU provides its financial support for the development of the APSA through the European Development Fund.
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.