This Summer School is based on the assumption that methods, concepts and conclusions reached by the study of North-South development aid transfers can be employed to better understand the impact of EU funds on a country’s economic growth. Development economics has reached the conclusion that aid neither always works nor always fails. After all, development is not a simple process, and generalizations about aid are hard to come by. The literature points towards a positive association between aid volumes, growth and poverty reduction, but the degree (weak or strong) of this relationship is highly contested. Nevertheless, most development economists and most aid practitioners tend to believe that there is a gap between potential and actual achievement in foreign aid, though they strongly disagree on how wide this gap is. However, a consensus has been largely developed regarding the problems that explain this gap.
2.Intensive Seminar for Beneficiaries of EU Structural Funds
It is common knowledge that many Greek non-profit actors lack the capacity of managing and evaluating EU funds. In turn, this affects negatively their performance and effectiveness in fighting poverty, promoting human rights and protect the environment. The Intensive Seminar focuses on Needs Assessment, Proposal Writing, Human Resources Management, Volunteer Management, Fundraising Techniques, Project Implementation and Monitoring and Project Evaluation.
3.Intensive Seminar for Managers of EU Structural Funds
This Intensive Seminar is aimed at managers of EU Structural Funds (especially civil servants from Central Government, Regional Authorities and Local Government). The beginning of the new programme period (2014-2020) poses new challenges to Greek authorities for the design, implementation and, in particular, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects co-financed by the European Union. The Intensive Seminar focuses on the development of civil servant skills (Programming, Consultation, Ex-ante evaluation, Monitoring, Ex-post evaluation, Transparency and Accountability, Visibility).