FIIAPP and the EU
The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) is a public sector Foundation, established under the Spanish State in 1998. It is among the members of the Spanish international cooperation government agency, working to further Spain’s international development objectives. With its headquarters in Madrid supporting local offices around the world, its objective is to help improve existing legal frameworks and strengthen the way a country’s public administration and systems are run, for the benefit of its citizens.
Active in over 90 countries worldwide within the ‘priority geographical areas’ for Spanish foreign policy, FIIAPP works alongside governments to increase the efficiency of their institutions and to improve quality of life throughout society. It helps to enhance democratic values, ethical standards and respect for human rights, also by working with partner agencies to implement effective policies that can reduce poverty and discrimination.
FIIAPP’s work is based on providing assistance for technical cooperation and advice through country-specific projects supported by Spanish civil servants and top-level experts. Importantly, it is then the identified local partner organisations in each country that are supported to lead FIIAPP’s programmes. These initiatives depend on funding from the European Union and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
The European Union (EU) has been one of Ghana’s development partners since 1976, and has enjoyed a continuous political dialogue with the Government of Ghana, which led to the ARAP Agreement 2016.
The EU’s support and investment into the programme is driven by the belief that the impunity of corruption is a major contributor to poverty, and an obstacle to economic and social development and the realisation of human rights. Corruption seriously affects a government’s ability to fully work in the best interests of its citizens, preventing its ability to provide adequate social services or invest in infrastructure and economic development. The EU’s funding of the ARAP programme therefore also aims to create an environment that enables citizens to lift themselves out of extreme poverty while supporting the overall prosperity of the country.
To ensure an efficient and effective implementation of the programme, the EU appointed FIIAPP to manage the budget and overall coordination. FIIAPP is responsible for working closely with stakeholder organisations on the strategy planning and programme delivery. Encouraged by the progress already made in Ghana’s fight against corruption, FIIAPP and the EU have become important partners to help address the related challenges still facing the country.