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How We Work

Working in Partnership
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.

Click here for more details on the partnership approach in AADCP II. 

Project Development & Approval
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 at the bi-annual Joint Planning and Review Committee (JPRC) meeting. 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.

The criteria can be viewed here

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.

A detailed information on the project development and approval process can be viewed here.
Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)
 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.

 here  for more information on M&E in AADCP II.