EuropeAid contracts come in various sizes and durations. They can be as short as a month for several hundred euros, or span years valued in the tens of millions of euros.
They also come in different forms — works, supplies and services — with each having its own procurement procedures. These are all spelled out in the so-called Practical Guide on contracting processes for overseas aid projects financed by the European Development Fund and the European Union’s general budget.
Of the three, service contracts, which underwrite technical assistance and studies, are the most numerous. In 2011, they account for 2,660 of 3,307, or 80 percent, of EuropeAid contracts, as per the publicly available data set on EuropeAid grantees and contractors. The online database contains details on EU-funded contracts and grants centrally managed by the European Commission, overseen by beneficiary states and jointly managed with international organizations, as well as funding commitments set before the 10th EDF. Note that it includes contracts where the values are not disclosed, though these are minimal — less than a hundred in 2011, for instance.
Based on the value of service contracts, we ranked the top 20 EuropeAid consultancy partners in 2011. The below list also includes the number of service contracts with disclosed values per organization. Visit the Devex Projects database for the latest contracting opportunities with EuropeAid and other donor agencies.
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