Since 2000 NIRAS has managed EU Framework Contracts, implementing more than 250 short-term assignments worth more than €28 million in over 100 countries. These projects, which span many sectors, seek to reduce poverty, ensure sustainable development, and promote democracy, peace and security.
The EU Framework Contract is one modality available to developing countries in order to obtain high-quality technical expertise on very short notice for EU-funded projects. Each contract is built upon a framework of pre-agreed terms that can be adopted and expanded for a variety of project types in many different contexts.
Through the implementation of EU Framework Contracts, NIRAS can move into action on behalf of the EU more swiftly and efficiently than if each contract needed to be built from the ground up. The framework contracts cover, among other technical areas, agriculture, environment, energy, water, infrastructure, private sector development, trade, governance, gender and human rights. As such, the potential for impact with each project is immense.
NIRAS has supported the EU in designing and budgeting future interventions funded by the EU Budget and the European Development Fund. By helping EU delegations and other decentralized authorities with formulating new projects, NIRAS has assisted in shaping the future of the EU Development Cooperation, especially with respect to achieving its goals of reducing poverty, ensuring sustainable development, and promoting democracy, peace and security.
For example, NIRAS has designed food security and nutrition interventions in Chad, as well as beef industry development interventions in Uganda, not to mention food safety and horticulture programmes in Surinam. These efforts will have a direct impact upon reducing poverty and improving livelihoods, especially for the rural poor.
Furthermore, by assisting local authorities in West African countries with good governance and finance management reforms, NIRAS has contributed to promoting democracy and transparency as well as supporting long-lasting local capacity.
Building future societies
Through providing comprehensive reviews of implemented projects, such as the evaluation of the European Commission’s contributions to the Parliamentary Action for Renewable Energy, NIRAS has helped the European Commission evaluate how each EU intervention has contributed to achieving European Development Cooperation goals. In this way, NIRAS has provided recommendations as to what can be done better and how sustainable development can be achieved more effectively going forward.
NIRAS is committed to creating and supporting long-lasting local capacity for more effective and efficient local development, and we strive to include local expertise in all our projects.