C2 - Technical Assistance Facility

 
What is EU-ACT TAF?

TAF is a system that promotes, plans and implements demand-driven assistance, in direct co-operation and coordination with relevant agencies of the beneficiary countries, the project partners, and other eventual collaborators.

TAF’s expected results are an enhanced expertise and intensified promotion of good practices on drug-supply, drug-demand reduction and crosscutting issues, compliant with international human rights standards and coherent with EU strategies and policies.

TAF provides, through its demand-driven technical assistance, short-term, tailor-made technical advice and peer-to-peer cooperation to countries and regional organisations along the so-called "heroin route" from Afghanistan (1).

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 is designed to facilitate dialogue with partner countries and open new channels of co-operation 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 shall be given to structural activities instead of one-off interventions. Countries that do not fall under the scope of Component 1 (2) have priority for TAF interventions.

 

(1):The Project covers broadly South Asia (Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan), Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo) and Turkey, as well as key countries in East Africa (indicatively Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia) and South-Africa.

(2): Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Georgia, Pakistan and Tanzania

Which type of activities can be proposed?

The EU-ACT Project can provide on-demand technical assistance, inter alia, in the following areas, prioritizing on policy/strategic aspects:

  • Provision of legal and technical advice in relation to the existing laws, and draft law and regulation´s initiatives taken to empower law enforcement and judicial authorities with the competences to effectively investigate drug trafficking and associated organized crime.
  • Provision of advice on draft laws, regulations and practices related to the above, in order to establish balances and counter-balances that guarantee a full respect of human rights throughout all the investigation and prosecution process.
  • Provision of technical advice to draw national strategies on drugs that balance both drug offer and demand reduction, and includes rehabilitation and harm reduction measures.
  • Analysis of existing policies, strategies, laws and regulations that address drug offer and demand reduction;
  • Provision of technical advice (it may be followed by a train-the-trainer activity) to design training curricula for investigators, prosecutors and judges on focused advanced investigative techniques, strategic/operational analysis and financial investigations.
  • Provision of support to Research and Development, such as promoting the capturing of data that can inform evidence-based policies; research into and analysis of data and statistics on drug use, in order to inform policies and strategies; including Research methodologies and techniques.
  • Provision of support to initiatives that facilitate the collaboration among governments, its institutions and civil society including non-governmental organizations and the private sector (for example, media) on drug demand reduction measures.
  • Production of and/or promotion of special focused manuals, catalogues of good practices and other pedagogical resources in order to support adopted policies and prevention campaigns; it may be complemented by a train-the-trainer activity (for example, on NPS treatment).
  • Technical advice on legislative and regulatory framework and practice in relation to incarceration -and other alternatives-, treatment and rehabilitation of prisoners.
  • Technical support to the development of national drug observatories / drug research centers.
  • Support to the assessing of the outcomes and impact of drug policies: the impact that drugs have on a range of other areas including economy, governance, public health, human rights, security.
  • 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).
Who can submit applications for EU-ACT TAF action?

The requests to TAF can be made either from relevant entities, organizations, institutions and agencies in countries that fall within the project's geographical scope, or regional organisations (ex. CARICC, ECO).

Thus, the Project can receive and study applications from Law Enforcement Agencies, Security Services, Prosecutors Offices, Courts, Parliaments’ Legislative Departments, Ombudspersons Offices, Prison authorities, Ministries of Security, Interior, Justice, Education, Health and its departments, as well as relevant academic institutions, civil society and non-governmental organizations focusing on the drug trafficking, organized crime and cross-cutting issues. Relevant international and regional organizations (ex. CARICC, ECO, etc.) can also apply for TAF support.

How to submit an application?

The first step is to send an email to DP.FIIAPP@EU-ACT.INFO with copy to TAF@EU-ACT.INFO with the clear identification of the sender, their position and the entity they make part of, and a summary of the proposed activity(ies) to be supported by TAF.

The Project will contact you for further steps within a maximum of two weeks-time.

When should the applications for TAF action be presented?

Applications can be submitted any time, but preferably six months in advance of the expected time to be implemented, in order to be included in the regular EU-ACT Project pl  anning cycle. The Project will only consider those applications submitted later than three months prior to the dates when the proposed activity (-ies) are expected to be delivered / organized, in exceptional circumstances.

This is a multi-stakeholder commitment …

It means that:

  • The APPLICANT entity commits themselves to facilitate the effective implementation of the activity (for instance, by timely selecting and facilitating the names, rank and other details of the participants and releasing them during the whole duration of the activity; if relevant, guaranteeing the entry and security to the foreign experts; prepare themselves to host a potential visit/study tour, or co-location of staff; if relevant and agreed, facilitating venue and transport; ensuring cascading the information received to the relevant departments and agencies;
  • EU ACT Project will be responsible for all contracting and financial issues, including the booking of flights and provision of per diem payments as applicable. The overall responsibility for the organization and management of any event will also fall to the Project staff