As reflected in its 2007 Statute, AECID's vision is to be a yardstick of the Spanish Cooperation system's effectiveness. Thus, improving aid effectiveness has become a top institutional goal which must permeate all its actions.
Improving Spanish cooperation's effectiveness is a major challenge, because it means giving a new direction to many processes, and placing the achievement of development results in partner countries at the forefront.
To this end, the Agency has different capacities at its headquarters and abroad, underpinned by a planning framework—the 4th Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation—based on the International Aid Effectiveness Agenda (Paris Declaration of 2005, Accra 2008, and Busan 2011).
These efforts to further effectiveness are coordinated by the Unit for Planning, Effectiveness and Quality (UPEC), a unit created in the Technical Office within the framework of the Agency's 1st Management Contract, with the aim of promoting "operational programming, and monitoring and analysis for improving the quality of aid", among other goals.
The UPEC's work in the field of effectiveness is supported by the Working Group for the Effectiveness and Quality of Aid (GTEC), an inter-departmental group which has been operational since 2008, conducting diagnoses, producing technical guidelines, and contributing to disseminating the effectiveness agenda throughout the entire organisation.
The OCDE's Development Assistance Committee (DAC)