The allocation of development assistance is based on an assessment of a country`s needs and performance and involves the possibility of regularly adjusting financial resources accordingly. In practice, this means that more money can be transferred to “good performers” and the share of “bad performers” can be reduced. The Cotonou Agreement provides for a procedure that can be applied in cases where one of the parties does not respect the essential elements of the partnership. These include respect for human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law. Also in July 2014, negotiations with the countries of the Southern African Development Community were successfully concluded. . . .