Development Cooperation

Development Cooperation Department

The Development Cooperation Department (DC) plays a central role in mobilising external resources for the country. Its primary responsibility is aid management.

External resources are intended to fill the financing gap in the implementation of the National Plans and Budgets, largely mobilized in form of investments, technical assistance and exchanges, and financial support. The process of mobilizing these resources involves the application of various coordination and management activities ranging from resource mobilization to closure.

These processes include identification of financing gaps in the National Development Plans, designing programme and project documents, mapping and prioritizing bilateral and multilateral resource portfolios. In addition, the process also includes acquiring and facilitating the use of external resources and collecting and providing relevant information on specific project implementations.

In executing its mandate, the DC Department performs the following functions:

1. Undertaking and coordinating the mobilisation of financial resources and technical assistance from multilateral and bilateral development partners for the implementation of government programmes and projects;

2. Developing, coordinating and implementing of aid and development cooperation policies and strategies in order to provide direction in the utilisation of external resources;

3. Determining and forecasting the level of external aid and aid packages required for various development programmes and projects for financing government deficits;

4. Establishing and maintaining a database on all donor assistance and donor funded programmes and projects;

5. Carrying out review meetings on development cooperation with line Ministries and other stakeholders as well as with donors;

6. Monitoring financial and operational performance of all existing multilateral and bilateral agreements; and

7. Producing reports on multilateral and bilateral cooperation and revised forecasts.