The European Network of Implementing Development Agencies (EUNIDA) is an association of European national implementing agencies operating in the field of international cooperation. It is constituted in the form of a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG). GIZ became a founding member of the EUNIDA network in 2000.
EUNIDA pools the resources of the member organisations to perform tasks and carry out measures in the field of international cooperation. The association offers its services to the European Union (EU).
EU institutions contract EUNIDA directly to plan, manage and implement projects and programmes. Within EUNIDA the members decide which development organisation will assume the role of lead agency in the implementation of these measures on the basis of specific quality criteria. All members are called upon to participate in implementation. The Secretariat decides which organisation is best placed to provide the sectoral and regional expertise required for the project at hand. In this way, the network is able to offer complex services which one member alone would be unable to provide.
The EUNIDA network consists of eleven EU member states, represented by the following organisations:
- Agency for European Integration and Economic Development (AEI) – Austria
- Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) – Belgium
- Central Project Management Agency (CPMA) – Lithuania
- The Crown Agents for Overseas Governments and Administrations Ltd. – United Kingdom
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – Germany
- European Public Law Centre (EPLC) – Greece
- Hungarian International Development Assistance (HUN-IDA) – Hungary
- International and Ibero American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) – Spain
- France Expertise Internationale (FEI) – France
- Luxembourg Agency for Development Cooperation (Lux-Development) – Luxembourg
- Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) – Netherlands
The presidency/management of the network passes from one member to another at specified intervals. In 2010 and 2011, for instance, GIZ provided the president. In 2012 the UK’s Crown Agents took up this office, with GIZ’s Brussels Office providing the vice-president. The company is thus continuing to play a key role in helping shape EUNIDA’s future.
EUNIDA is open to other development organisations from other EU member states. One institution from each EU nation may join EUNIDA. The existing members decide whether or not to accept applications.