Thursday, 5 July 2007

Call for Proposals for NGOs from 12 NMS: development debates

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Commission announce a call for proposals for non-profit organizations from 12 EU New Member States (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) to organize national debates on development cooperation and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The project is funded by the European Commission and is implemented by UNDP - UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre and UNDP Country Office in Poland.

UNDP and EC cooperation aims at raising awareness and building support for development cooperation and achievement of MDGs. To this end UNDP will be contracting non-profit organizations from these countries for organizing debates in October 2007, promoting the issue in national media, preparing materials/brochures.

The debates have primary objectives of promoting the European Development Days 2007, mobilizing national media coverage of development/MDGs topics (including MDGs mid-point assessment), mobilizing participation of Members of Parliaments (MPs) and decision-makers in discussing development topics.

Eligible non-profit organizations, which have capacities of mobilizing participation of MPs and media, are encouraged to apply for this project. The project does not require providing co-funding. It is advisable that the applicant has at least one Member of the Parliament (for example the Speaker of Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs or European Integration committee) and at least one nationwide media as co-organisers of the debate.

The detailed information accompanied by application templates is available at:
The deadline for submitting the applications is 24 August 2007.

For further inquires about this initiative, please contact Ms. Simona Petru, Project Manager,, tel. +421 2 59337-413 or Mr. Jan Szczycinski, UNDP Communications Officer,

Information sent by Jan Szczycinski, UNDP Communications Officer

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