Ibec Schuman Associates Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

National Indicative Programmes


The National Indicative Programmes (NIPs) represent an important step in the programming of EU aid under the European Development Fund (EDF). EU Member States agreed that a budget of €29.1 billion for development cooperation would be channelled to 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries for the financing period 2014-2020.

In parallel, the preparations of a NIP for each of these countries is underway defining the funding priorities. These preparations are undertaken with the partner countries so as to ensure that the NIPs support national priorities where the EU has an value added.

They are in line with the EU’s vision for future development cooperation, the “Agenda for Change”, which calls for  resources to be targeted where they are most needed and can be the most effective. EU funding will focus on a maximum of three sectors per country (possibly four in the case of fragile countries) to achieve maximum impact and value for money of EU cooperation. It is foreseen that by early 2015, the remaining NIPs will be finalised and signed. In parallel, work on designing projects and programmes has also started in all countries. The NIP’s give an early insight into the emerging projects to be financed.