Name: Developing the Project Identification Fiche for the COMESA Regional Integration Support Programme 3 (RISP 3)
Year: 2012
Client: COMESA
Country: Zambia and Kenya
Background: The project detailed in this PIF is a follow-up phase to RISP 1 (2005-2010) and RISP 2 (2010 – 2012). The global objective is “to contribute to poverty alleviation and economic growth through deepened integration and increased competitiveness of the ESA-IO region”. The specific objective is “to strengthen regional integration programmes through enhanced transposition capacities at Member State level while at the same time consolidating the achievements in the improved performance of the Regional Integration Organizations.” The foreseen results under this PIF include the following:

Result 1: Member States and their relevant national institutions capacities for negotiations and transposition of regional commitments and multilateral agreements are enhanced

Result 2: Institutional capacity of Regional Organizations and their relevant private and public Institutions and Agencies further enhanced.

Result 3: COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite arrangement and process supported and strengthened

Objectives: The main objectives were the following:

Under Result 1:

  • Facilitate the collection of information that will help COMESA to come up with new plans for capacity building following the experience of RISP 1 and RISP 2.
  • The new support for COMESA should be well justified and focused.
  • This should also include an indication of the magnitude of needs.
  • This exercise should be done in consultation with a number of COMESA departments that are currently benefitting from EU support.
  • This analysis should take into account future sustainability of EU support. The QSG indicated in its comments that the issue of funding of basic operational costs of the Regional Organisations must be revised as EU prepares under the 11th EDF towards more targeted support to COMESA. This implies EU resources are likely to be reduced and the question is on how to sustain staff and operation that are being funded by EU under RISP 2. RISP 3 should be used as stepping stone towards more sustainably funding “in which each activity (staff or operation is linked to clear results and deliverable including the measures of success)
  • The problem to be solved under results 1 should also be clearly defined including how it has to be addressed (problem tree and solution).

Under Result 2:

  • The work shall include the facilitation of a proper assessment of where COMESA countries are in regard to the implementation of regional commitment at national level. (This is regarded as mandatory by EU in its possible support under RISP 3).
  • The analysis should be based on Country reports that were compiled by Country Officers. It should give a clear picture of where the countries are in regard to the regional integration agenda.
  • There should be clear activities of what RISP 3 could finance for member states to address the challenges.
  • Based on past lessons, it is important to indicate how monitoring of transposition shall be done.
  • There should also be an analysis on how this result will compliment RISM 1 and 2 including other related donor activities.
  • At national level, it is important to take into account key stakeholders, including target groups for ownership etc.
  • There is also a clear linkage with the implementation of EPAS at national level for those countries that have signed the interim EPAs.

Result 3:

  • Under Tripartite there is need to elaborate on what exactly RISP 3 will support and what other donors will support.
  • COMESA should indicate how it will coordinate support from other donors.


  • Across all result areas there should be clear indicators of success and progress.
  • The foreseen activities should be limited to the focused overall financial envelope under this result.
Activities: Activities conducted included: desk review of member countries level of transposition of regional commitment; facilitation of one and a half week working group workshop with representatives from EAC, SADC, IGAD and COMESA, drafting the revised Project Identification Fiche
Special Recognition: