Development cooperation 'Made in Germany': the Advisory Fund for Structural and Regulatory Policy Reforms (FSRP)

Project description

Title: Advisory Fund for Structural and Regulatory Policy Reforms (FSRP)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Countries: Germany and global
Overall term: 2016 to 2018

Context

The Federal Republic of Germany has many years of experience in implementing effective policy and administrative reforms, in particular with regard to how Germany’s federal system works, political participation and accountability within the state, Germany’s tax administration, public financial management as well as green and inclusive economic policy.

Many partner countries of German development cooperation are working to undertake fundamental reforms of their administrative and economic systems. Thus, Germany’s relevant structural and regulatory approaches can contribute to shaping reform initiatives in these countries. The partner countries are very interested in analysing these approaches that have been 'Made in Germany', in comparing them with their own systems and reform ideas, and in examining which elements, approaches and experiences could be relevant.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Advisory Fund for Structural and Regulatory Policy Reforms (FSRP) provides partner countries with this German experience for shaping reform initiatives. The FSRP’s current partner countries are Bolivia, Pakistan, the Palestinian territories, Peru and Serbia.

Objective

German FRSP network partners – active and former policy-makers and administrative authorities, experts and organisations in Germany – support their counterparts in FSRP partner countries. Germany’s relevant structural and regulatory approaches thus contribute to shaping reform initiatives worldwide.

Approach

From 2016 to 2018, the FRSP is establishing networks of German experts and administrative authorities in the fields of decentralisation, political participation, public financial management and (green) economic policy. The Fund uses these networks to enhance the partner countries’ abilities to initiate reforms. Support for the partners in shaping and implementing reform processes is demand-driven and takes the forms of study trips, moderated exchanges at specialist level and twinning arrangements with German administrative authorities. In addition, experts who have themselves developed reforms in Germany and have implemented them in positions of responsibility will support the shaping and implementation of reform processes as advisors on the ground. They will work with the FRSP to reflect on their experience under the specific conditions prevailing in partner countries. The Fund aims to understand German achievements in the respective context better and draw on these achievements.

Results

Some 100 German actors have formed a network of experts that has come about through their participation in conferences, workshops and study trips. Some of the experts had already been in the partner countries on the ground conducting analyses and expert consultations in order to move forward with the process of shaping specific reforms.

For example, German specialists in the area of financial equalisation travelled to Bolivia for two consultancy assignments. During workshops, they discussed municipal and federal financial equalisation with senior officials in the central government and with Bolivia’s local government employees. The participants used practical examples to explore the principles and options for reforming and shaping financial equalisation in Bolivia. After the workshops, 89 per cent of the Bolivian participants surveyed stated that the cooperation with the German partners had substantially improved their capacity to shape reform initiatives. 

German experts also supported the development of reform proposals in Peru, Pakistan, the Palestinian territories and Serbia.

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