This component enables short-term transfer of knowledge, practices and experience to support partner countries and (regional) organisations in improving different aspects of their drug policies and response in a holistic manner both regarding drug-supply and drug-demand reduction aspects as well as relevant cross-cutting issues, corresponding to their national and/or institutional priorities and needs.
By its nature, the TAF is expected to produce cumulative impacts and touch upon a wide range of constituents, entities and processes nationally, regionally and trans-regionally. The facility is aimed to promote a unified approach of EU standards and best practices in line with the EU Drugs Strategy and Action Plan and the EU Agenda on Security, in full compliance with international human rights standards, good governance principles and the rule of law, whilst ensuring that policy, research and best practices are inter-linked.
The flexible design of the targeted assistance shall facilitate dialogue with partner countries and open new channels of cooperation in the area of drugs with countries that had not received EU assistance in this area before and also strengthen multi-stakeholder engagement in this field. To the extent possible, focus is given to structural activities instead of one-off interventions.
It is expected that the assistance provided under the facility will be also feed into the process of trans-regional cooperation initiatives under Result/Component 3.
The requests to TAF can be made either from entities in non-key countries that fall within the project's geographical scope, or regional organisations or initiatives (ex. CARICC, ECO).
The mobilisation of appropriate expertise will require cooperation amongst project partners as well as reaching out to relevant EU Agencies and EUMS entities that can propose experts with a view to creating an experts’ roster.
These are some of the activities that might be considered for TAF support:
The EU-ACT Project can provide on-demand technical assistance, inter alia, in the following areas, prioritizing on policy/strategic aspects:
In all the above related fields, the Project can provide support for the enhancement of dialogue, training and practical exchange of knowledge and experience between countries, both regionally and trans-regionally (feeding into C3 component, COPI).