Aid Delivery Methods - Project Cycle Management Guidelines

This is a guide by the European Commission (EC), useful for those who would like to increase the chances of success when submitting a project proposal to the EC or any other funding agency. It gives insight in the different elements that conform a successful project proposal, and how to implement it.


These Guidelines have been prepared to support ongoing improvements in the quality of EC development assistance. Quality is defined primarily in terms of the relevance, feasibility and effectiveness of the programmes and projects supported with EC funds, including how well they are managed. More specifically, the Guidelines aim to support good management practices and effective decision making throughout the project management cycle – from programming, through to identification, formulation, implementation and evaluation. The Guidelines aim to promote consistency and clarity of approach, while allowing for the operational flexibility required of a dynamic and diverse external assistance programme.


EuropeAid. 2004. Aid Delivery Methods - Project Cycle Management Guidelines. Available online at


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