EU guidelines on SBS


The Sector Policy Support Programme (SPSP) is a term used to identify European Commission programmes designed to support a partner government’s sector programme. An SPSP may use the following forms of financing:

Sector budget support is the modality of choice, wherever appropriate, and consists of a transfer of funds to the partner government national treasury to be used in pursuit of an agreed set of sector outputs and outcomes.

Common pooled funds or common basket funding (resources from a number of donors pooled using one agreed set of procedures) in support of a specific set of activities in the sector programme. Usually one donor will take responsibility for coordinating and managing the pooled funds. Funds are released by the donor to government according to agreed criteria.

Commission procedures that follow contracting and procurement rules.

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