The ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program (AADCP) Phase II is a long-term (2008-21), AU$57 million program that supports ASEAN ‘s goal of establishing an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015 and the post-2015 vision.
- ASEAN Economic Community Progress ASEAN Member States achieve AEC goals and ASEAN Secretariat captures this through its reporting systems.
- ASEC Capacity Strengthened ASEAN Secretariat capacity focuses on ASEAN owned and driven work programs with strategic planning and effective project management.
- Partnership The partnership approach increases development effectiveness, promotes greater trust, and supports mutual accountabilities and joint management.
The ASEAN-Australia Economic Cooperation Program (AAECP) was established in 1974 to promote cooperation between Australia and ASEAN in areas of agreed regional development priority. The program funded by the Australian Government, has evolved to keep pace with economic progress in South East Asia and the maturing nature of the ASEAN-Australia relationship. In August 2002 Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ASEAN committing AU$45 million to the next phase, the ASEAN Australia Development Cooperation Program (AADCP). This program had continued to support regional economic and social development cooperation and capacities. The program concluded in June 2008. After a one-year transitional period, the AADCP Phase II program was initiated.
ASEAN and Australia, through the ASEAN Secretariat and the Australian Government’s aid program, are delivering the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II in partnership. This means that ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat and the Australian Government work together to identify the program priorities, and jointly manage the delivery of the activities through an in-house team of project staff, project specialists and the ASEAN Secretariat officers. The partnership approach aims to strengthen ASEC’s capacity through hands-on joint activities, and improve the effectiveness of support through alignment, harmonisation and ownership. It will ultimately lead to greater trust and mutual accountability between the Australian Government and ASEAN.
AADCP II funds a range of activities that support the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) including needs assessments, implementation reviews, research-based policy papers, development of standards and educational materials, promotion and outreach initiatives, and improvement of tools and processes. These activities are submitted as project proposals by ASEC officers to AADCP II for preliminary consideration by the Program Management Team (PMT) and ultimate approval by the Joint Planning and Review Committee (JPRC). All proposals for an AEC project must meet a number of criteria, which aim to ensure that the activity supports the AEC Blueprint, and meets the programming requirements of the Australian Government and ASEAN Secretariat. Once the criteria are satisfied and the project is cleared by the PMT and subsequently finally approved by the JPRC, the project will be tendered (if a contractual arrangement is necessary) and then implemented.
AADCP II ensures that Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is an integral part of program management; it is embedded in the day-to-day business of project planning, implementation and closure. An M&E framework is in place to describe the program outcomes and clarify ways of measuring program performance. M&E is planned and implemented jointly between ASEC, the ASEAN Member States and the Australian Government to bolster the partnership, strengthen stakeholders’ ownership of the program as well as to develop the evaluative culture within the Secretariat.