Friday, 3 April 2009
The results of this evaluation are again – as recent previous evaluations (2006, 2008) – very positive about TRIALOG and state that “TRIALOG has more than achieved most of its aims and quantifiable outcomes” outlined in the EC contract. The interviewed coordinators/directors and board members of national platforms in New Member States and from some Old Member States judged TRIALOG III as an important and successful project. In all of the main activity areas of TRIALOG (Capacity Building, Support of National Platforms, Networking, Policy, Advocacy and Information) TRIALOG achieved excellent results and significant impacts on national and European level according to the evaluation.
For more information please read the Executive Summary at:
For previous evaluations, please see:
http://trialog-information-service.blogspot.com/2009/03/ec-development-education-evaluation.html (EC Development Education Evaluation 2008)
http://www.trialog.or.at/images/doku/executivesummary_evaluation.pdf (External Evaluation 2006)
Information provided by Christine Bedoya, TRIALOG
Thursday, 2 April 2009
The information in the report was gathered through the platform coordinators at the beginning of the year, in advance of the TRIALOG Central Training on the financial sustainability of platforms. It shows an increasingly unstable environment in which these platforms are trying to operate.
The report "Changes in ODA due to global financial downturn. Focus: New Member States NGDO platforms" can be downloaded from the TRIALOG website: http://www.trialog.or.at/images/doku/changes-in-oda-march-2009.pdf
For the documentation of the TRIALOG Central Training (February 2009) turn to: http://www.trialog.or.at/start.asp?ID=195
Information provided by Rebecca Steel, TRIALOG
The financial crisis has seen EU member states making cuts to their development aid, with Italy reducing its aid by half at the end of 2008 and Ireland cutting its aid budget by ten percent at the beginning of 2009. New member states (NMS) have also seen cuts to their development aid, with Latvia’s aid budget being completely wiped out and Estonia’s recent announcement of a ten percent reduction.
CONCORD calculations suggest that developing countries will receive 27 billion US dollars less in aid between 2008 and 2010 due to the global financial downturn.
NMS governments are not represented in DAC, but some donors reported their changes in net ODA to the committee. The Czech Republic reported a 0.4 percent reduction; Hungary has reduced by 7.4 percent and Poland by 9 percent. Slovakia was the only NMS to report an increase of 14.4 percent to the DAC.
All EU governments have committed to meeting certain aid targets by 2010 and 2015. NMS have smaller targets to reach, but ‘the European Union is still way off track towards meeting its collective target of 0.56% of GNI by 2010,’ according to Jasmine Burnley, Coordinator of the CONCORD AidWatch campaign.
The CONCORD AidWatch report will be launched on 14 May 2009, and will look at the figures in more detail, on a country by country basis, covering all 27 member states, as well as analysing European aid as a whole.
False Sheen on European Aid Money: CONCORD/AidWatch Press release
Development Aid at its highest level ever in 2008: OECD website
Information provided by Rebecca Steel, TRIALOG; Sources: http://www.concordeurope.org; http://www.oecd.org
Along with the discussions outlined above the conference aimed to bridge Czech, Central Eastern European (CEE), EU and global debates about global economy and politics, collect the views, experience and expertise on the crises from different groups. Special interest was given to support – and indeed legitimate – an open and informed debate in the CEE region on alternative economic approaches.
After three days of discussions the participants agreed on the text of the final declaration "Transforming the World in Crisis (Prague NGO declaration)" which contains joint messages addressed to the G20 summit in London and informal Ecofin meeting in Prague.
The text of the declaration as well as the program and list of participants can be found at http://www.glopolis.org/. The direct link to the final declaration is: http://www.glopolis.org/images/downloads/publikace/prague%20declaration%20final.pdf
More outcomes of the conference including reports from workshops and various documents will be available soon.
For more information you can contact Ondrej Kopecny from Glopolis at email@example.com
Information provided by Ondrej Kopecny, Glopolis
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Around 25 people from all over Europe, including candidate country Croatia, met to discuss the work they wished to focus on in the next few months.
The group met Egidio Canciani from DG External Relations, who is the deputy head of unit responsible for the general coordination of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). He explained the current process surrounding the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) mid term review; and gave more details about the Eastern Partnership (EaP) proposal, and specifically the Civil Society Forum that has been foreseen. The EPAN working group will spend the next month preparing a contribution to the ENPI mid term review, and a position paper regarding the EaP Civil Society Forum.
The second issue that provoked heated debate, also related to Europe’s policy regarding its neighbours, was the recent violence in Gaza. This conflict has forced the Union for the Mediterranean to grind to a halt, and the group discussed the best way for the EU to deal with this situation. MEP Luisa Morgantini, and independent press representative Marisa Consolata spoke about their experiences during that last bout of violence, and their long-standing work in the country. The EPAN working group will also be preparing a position paper on what the EU should do.
The group also had the opportunity to find out about other areas of CONCORD’s work with an informal lunch meeting with members of the CONCORD and DEEEP secretariats. Ester Asin, Policy Coordinator at CONCORD talked the group through the confederation’s policy priorities for the next three years, and the actions that are being planned around the time of the European elections, including the ‘ten days for development’.
Due to a packed agenda and limited time, the group this time focused much more heavily on neighbourhood issues than pre-accession work. A conference call will be held in the first week of April to take forward the group’s work on pre-accession.
DG RELEX consultation regarding the Eastern Partnership’s Civil Society Forum http://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/docs/civil_society_forum_2009_en.pdf
CONCORD election manifesto http://www.concordeurope.org/Files/media/internetdocumentsENG/4_Publications/3_CONCORDs_positions_and_studies/CONCORD-EU-MANIFESTO-FINAL.pdf
Information provided by Rebecca Steel, TRIALOG
The study also analysed the collaboration of MEPs with the Estonian government and with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). The MFA regards collaboration with Estonian MEPs as positive, but the role of the EP and DEVE is considered less important as compared to other EU institutions, especially the Commission and the Council. Collaboration between MEPs and CSOs has thus far been rather limited.
The study concludes with recommendations for the next parliamentary term. For the purposes of motivating future MEPs and keeping the electorate informed, the work of MEPs should be regularly monitored and evaluated both in the media as well as by more comprehensive analyses. In addition, cooperation must be enhanced between MEPs, the MFA and CSOs. The CSOs should provide regular feedback and thematic expertise and participate in the establishment of an effective cooperation model.
The new AKÜ team which now also includes a Policy Officer (Evelin Andrespok, firstname.lastname@example.org) is ready to meet the challenges and reinforce advocacy work towards Estonian MEPs to make CSO concerns and expertise better heard on EU as well as national level.
According to the results of this survey, FoRS members believe that the Czech NGDO sector has at least a modest impact on development policy and practice in the Czech Republic, although only 13,6% of the respondents consider this impact significant. The most effective types of evidence when seeking to influence development policy are case studies, field reports and personal contacts. The main constraints Czech NGDOs face when trying to engage in policy processes are lack of time, insufficient staff capacity, lack of financial resources, and a policy process that is not open to NGDOs. The four most important development issues the respondents want FoRS to work on are: National development policy, Development education, Aid and EU positions.
For more information on the survey results, download the English summary at: http://www.trialog.or.at/images/doku/case-cz-summary-en.pdf
The survey is part of the project ‘Fostering Global Responsibility: Building a Development Policy Knowledge Network to Enhance NGO Public Outreach Initiatives in EU New Member States’ which intends to build a knowledge network of non-governmental development organisations (NGDOs) in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The project is EU-funded and led by a consortium of the Centre for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in the UK; FoRS is one of the project partners.
Information provided by Jana Krczmarova, FoRS
The Peer Review recognises and welcomes the fact that while recent, there is a relatively strong, significant, energetic and growing tradition of Global Education in the Czech Republic. This is reflected in the range of committed organisations involved in Global Education, and in the many commendable initiatives and well-developed projects in the formal and non-formal education sectors.
The report also points out many opportunities and challenges ahead – the integration of Global Education into the formal school sector in a time of radical restructuring; greater coordination, capacity building of institutions and organizations; increased and more long-term funding; and more strategic work with non-formal sectors.
In this respect, FoRS and its member organisations working in the field of Global Education and awareness raising take the great opportunity of the current Czech Presidency of the EU to organise an international conference on the topic of the “Effectiveness in Development Education and Awareness Raising” (to be held in Prague, 28 – 29 May, 2009). The Peer Review recommendations will thus provide a good ground for further discussions and follow-up.
Download the full National Report on Global Education in the Czech Republic by GENE from: http://www.trialog.or.at/images/doku/gene_czech_report.pdf
Check the FoRS website http://www.fors.cz/ to see the actual news on the planned events during the Czech EU Presidency. See also the events section of this TIS: http://trialog-information-service.blogspot.com/2008/11/jan-june-2009-events-of-fors-eu.html
Information provided by Jana Krczmarova, FoRS
The main aim of this island-wide platform is to bring together NGOs working on international development, development education, and development cooperation to improve the effectiveness of their work and advocacy. CYINDEP will serve as an umbrella platform for development NGOs in both parts of Cyprus and will strive to strengthen communication, exchange of good practices and collaboration among all NGDOS and thus contribute to a more equal and fair world, based on cooperation, trust, effectiveness, community building, and respect for human rights.
For more information please contact Kerstin Wittig at: email@example.com
Related article in September TIS:
Information provided by Kerstin Wittig, Cyprus NGO platform "The Development"
In January 2009, Slovenian NGDOs met with the State Secretary and Development Ministress Dragoljuba Benčina who announced the second call for proposals of the Slovenian MFA for NGDO development projects. The call was launched on the 6th of March and indicated certain improvement in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid in Slovenia (more state institutions involved, financial resources doubled). However, among the priorities were only development projects in sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans and Eastern Europe and humanitarian projects (catastrophe prevention etc.) but no development education/global education projects. SLOGA responded to the Call with a letter to the MFA, expressing the need for further cooperation among state institutions in the field of development cooperation, in particular with regard to ensuring sustainability of NGDO projects.
In February, SLOGA organised a national roundtable on »Local Authorities and NGOs – together for development cooperation« in cooperation with the Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia. For the first time, NGDOs and Slovenian local authorities discussed about possible ways for cooperation in development cooperation and development/global education.
Another result of the SLOGA Presidency project was the decision to form a permanent SLOGA Working group on climate changes and development. The ambition of this group is to raise awareness of the political decision-makers and the general public about the interconnectedness of development and climate change for ahieving climate justice and global solidarity in the framework of the process towards the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen (December 2009).
For more information about SLOGA, please visit: http://www.sloga-platform.org/ (Please note that SLOGA has changed its phone number; the new number is: +386 1 434 44 02.)
Information provided by Anja Mešič, SLOGA
The two recently published brochures are summarizing the "Lessons Learnt" and the "Results and Perception" of the Regional Partnership Programme, offering a useful tool for similar projects aiming for regional cooperation. They complement the first RPP publication "Learning by doing" issued in September 2008 about the RPP pilot project fund (see www.eu-platform.at/english/start.asp?showmenu=yes&fr=&b=872&ID=225364).
According to the main goals of the programme on establishing sustainable dialogue and cooperation between the NGDO platforms of the RPP-countries, strengthening their capacities, creating forums for constructive dialogue between them and their respective national governments and implementing pilot projects in development awareness and development cooperation, the brochure "Results and Perception" clearly states that the Regional Partnership Programme proved to be a great success in all of the pursued goals. The added value lies in the establishment of higher networking opportunities among the countries, allowing a learning process through the sharing of common experiences and practices and the better positioning of platforms as important dialogue partners with relevant stakeholders such as ministries and member NGDOs.
The brochure on “Lessons learnt” is focused on programming and planning, budgeting structure, management and coordination, pilot projects, NGDO platforms cooperation and the relationship between NGDO platforms, ministries and government agencies. It stresses the importance of detailed planning while being aware of the different needs and legal statuses of the involved stakeholders. Despite the difficulties and the coordinating challenges of such a programme, projects with the setting of transnational cooperation can be seen as a model for the future.
The documentation will be presented at the final event of the Regional Partnership Programme on April 16, 2009 in Vienna. For more details, please turn to the Events section: http://trialog-information-service.blogspot.com/2009/04/april-16-2009-regional-partnership.html
The two new RPP brochures are available at:
Information provided by Danijela Janosevic, RPP
The network seeks to enlarge competences of NGOs working in development education and to make them stronger. The broader aim is to promote development education among citizens of Lithuania in order to raise their awareness about development cooperation.
LIDEA member organisations have several years of experience in development education and awareness raising work; one of them is also a part of an international organisation working in the development cooperation field. "One of the reasons to establish the non-formal network", says Lina Kalibataite, co-founder of LIDEA, "was not to be in competition with each other but to share problems and difficulties, to see where we are strong and where we are weak and how we can help each other."
For further information on the network please contact Lina Kalibataite at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information provided by Lina Kalibataite, Lithuanian Kolping Society
One of the objectives of the Enlarging Fair project is the design and implementation of a common campaign which will be launched in all the participating countries during the second part of 2009 and which has already been launched in Italy. The focus of the common campaign is the right to food and will deal mainly with the issues of food security and food sovereignty and the role of Fair Trade in helping poor producers overcome their unjust disadvantage in the world market.
In the scope of the Enlarging Fair project, KKG organised a public seminar in December 2008 on the theme of the Right for Food which was well attended by representatives of the participating International Fair Trade organisations as well as by members of local NGOs, the PL (Malta Labour Party), Alternattiva Demokratika, the Green Party and the general public. In line with the campaign theme, the guest speakers at the seminar addressed a number of issues related to food production and distribution both from a global and local perspective. Among the speakers was Ms Borbala Simonyi, a Hungarian expert in food sovereignty, who gave a theoretical overview of the complex relationship between the right for food, food security and food sovereignty from a global perspective.
In her intervention, Ms Claudia Piacenza from Pangea-Niente Troppo and one of the co-ordinators of the Enlarging Fair Project, stressed that Fair Trade has a significant role to play in the struggle against global poverty and injustice. Fair Trade has the role of educating different sectors of society and informing them about the roots and causes of hunger as well as to promote Fair Trade as a concrete alternative choice to fight global trade inequalities; as a force of change reflected in our everyday responsible lifestyle choices.
The theme of “The Right for Food” will be further developed in the 2009 Worldfest event in Malta. This is a yearly KKG event and this year it will take place on 9th May, the World Fair Trade Day.
For more information on the Right for Food seminar in Malta, please read the following detailed article: http://www.trialog.or.at/images/doku/Right-for-Food-Malta.pdf
For further information on the right for food/food sovereignty, the upcoming Worldfest event and related activities, please visit: http://l-ikel.org/discuss.htm (partly in Maltese language)
Information provided by Angele Deguara, Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust
TRIALOG Director Christine Bedoya gave input to the session on "Challenges and perspectives for Global Development Education in the new EU member States"; her presentation can be downloaded from: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/Source/UE-NSC-KO-Trialog-en.ppt
More speakers' presentations, reports from the working groups and an updated participants list are available together with other conference documents on the NSC website: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/GE/UE-NSC_agree_kickoffevent.asp.
As a next step, the NSC will organise 12 national seminars on global education in all new member states between 2009 and 2010. For more information on the Joint Management Agreement and planned activities please visit http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/GE/UE-NSC_agree_kickoffevent.asp or contact Gordana Berjan at email@example.com
Source: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/GE/UE-NSC_agree_kickoffevent.asp and information provided by Gordana Berjan, NSC
For more information, please read:
In this issue:
- A word from Per Bo on the transparency of non-profit organisations
- Madrid High-Level Meeting on Food Security for All: a big show with small results
- CONCORD at the informal Development Council meeting
- The Swedish Development Cooperation Agency: an example to follow
- When the European Commission assesses aid delivery by civil society
- Update on CONCORD's Food Facility advocacy – a chronological overview
- Access to medicines in jeopardy
- Focus on the core concern of New Member State platforms
… and many other subjects.
You can download the Flash from the “publication” section of the CONCORD website: http://www.concordeurope.org/ or use the direct link: http://www.concordeurope.org/Files/media/internetdocumentsENG/4_Publications/1_CONCORD_Flash/Flash2009/February2009-Flash-EN.pdf
Information provided by Agnès Philippart, CONCORD
The Dóchas report is available at http://www.dochas.ie/documents/Dochas_on_Global_Crisis-March09.pdf
Examples of how Irish Development NGOs are working to reduce world poverty can be found at http://www.dochas.ie/making_poverty_history_together.htm
Information provided by Hans Zomer, Dóchas
Even if you will not participate in a training event, we would be grateful for information about your submitted EC project and the status of your application - this allows us to collect data for new member states, for comparison and in order to constantly adjust our actitivites according to your needs. Thank you in advance and all the best for your applications!
For further information please contact Petra Kreinecker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information provided by Petra Kreinecker, TRIALOG
The closing event on April 16 in Vienna will present the final documentation on the results of the programme and the lessons learnt, such as increased visibility of platforms, stronger cooperation among the participating states and the challenges faced when implementing a cross-border programme like the RPP. Based on the experiences made, perspectives and challenges for similar future cooperation will be envisioned.
For more information on the event, please go to: http://www.eu-platform.at/english/start.asp?showmenu=yes&fr=&b=872&ID=227203 or contact Danijela Janosevic, officeRPP@eu-platform.at. To find out more about the results and final publications of the RPP, please read the related article in this TIS: http://trialog-information-service.blogspot.com/2009/04/final-documentation-of-regional.html
Information provided by Danijela Janosevic, RPP