Monday, 24 January 2011

CSOs demand holistic view of development: TRIALOG Conference in Nicaragua

From 24 to 26 of November 2010 around 120 representatives of civil society organisations (CSO) from various parts of the world gathered in Nicaragua at the conference “Global Crossroads: The Role and Perspectives of CSOs in Development Cooperation” to reflect on these issues in the North and South in promoting inclusive and sustainable development. The conference was organised by TRIALOG, HORIZONT3000 and the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean Cost in Nicaragua (URACCAN).

The conference reiterated that CSOs claiming legitimacy as genuine agents for a positive change, must be based on the eight Istanbul principles of the Open Forum for Development Effectiveness and commit themselves to work together globally. Additionally, special attention should be paid to the concept of “buen vivir”, or “collective well-being”, as basis for development. For indigenous peoples “collective well-being” – to live well and with dignity - brings about physical, mental and spiritual health, leading to a life in complete harmony, complementarity and the most profound respect for Pacha Mama (mother earth).

TRIALOG had invited about 30 representatives from the New European Member States to participate in the conference and organised study visits to development cooperation projects following the conference. During the field trips people got an insight into the community work of the URACCAN university in the Autonomous Atlantic Regions of Nicaragua. For many it was the first time in a developing country outside of Europe, and the experiences will certainly be reflected in the development education work of many of the participants.

The full documentation and the final declaration will soon be available on the TRIALOG website

Information provided by Ulrike Bey, TRIALOG

’New Voices in Development Effectiveness’: HAND's Presidency Program 2011

Hungary and other new member states face special challenges in delivering their commitment to more and better aid. Challenges include the lack of institutional capacity both in the government and among CSOs; a lack of budgetary resources; and the fact that international development cooperation is low on the list of government priorities, which is also related to the lack of interest from the public towards this issue. Furthermore, since they are seen as ‘new’ donors, the considerable experience of Hungary and other new member states over the two decades of transition - and specifically, learning points about the contribution of CSOs during this period - are largely neglected by key actors in international development. These are the exact challenges that the Presidency Program of the Hungarian Platform of Development NGOs HAND is aiming to address. The specific objectives of HAND’s program are:

I. “More and better aid: overcoming challenges in new donor countries”: Improving aid effectiveness and CSO development effectiveness in Hungary and NMS.

II. “Transition experiences: development through innovation and participation”: Sharing transition experiences with countries of the Eastern Partnership and channelling transition experiences from the CEE region into the Structured Dialogue and other European processes.

III. “Help where it’s most needed”: Raising awareness on the importance of the MDGs and contributing to the MDG acceleration process; supporting the development of an LDC strategy for Hungary in line with the EU and international policy frameworks on LDCs.

HAND and its member organizations will carry out a range of interrelated activities that will each support one or more of the above objectives, thereby strengthening development cooperation in Hungary, and also highlighting and integrating the experiences of the NMS to make development cooperation more effective at the European level. Planned eventsd are:

February, 2011 – One-day workshop for Hungarian stakeholders involved in international development working on democracy support, civil society development and sustainability in other countries. Output: a position paper on Hungarian transition experiences and civil society development.

End of March/April, 2011 – 2-day international seminar with civil society developing NGOs and think tanks researching civil society development from Visegrad 4 countries, from 3 Eastern partnership countries and next presidency countries: Denmark, Cyprus, Lithuania, additionally to UK. Output: a policy brief on civil society development and sustainability in New member States of the EU and their relevance in Neighbourhood countries.

May/June, 2011 – a closing 2-day EU-level conference sharing the results of previous events addressing 3rd sector sustainability, new, innovative and alternative ways of operations, cooperation and financing (social innovation, social enterprise, social financing, etc.), their relevance to Neighbourhood policy, most likely connected to the Eastern Partnership Summit.

The launch event of the program will be held on the 25th January in Budapest where the program priorities and activities will be introduced as well as the bilingual website dedicated to the program. Visit

For further information please contact: Réka Balogh,

Information provided by Réka Balogh, HAND

FDR meeting: Focus on future implementing mechanisms of development cooperation

The first of the two annual meetings of the CONCORD working group on Financing for development (FDR) was held in Brussels (19 - 20 January) and had as a focus working on the future mechanisms of implementing development cooperation, being organised as a special edition focused on the Structured Dialogue.

The bulk of the discussions addressed the proposal for the introduction of two new instruments and also the different aid modalities that could be applied in the next multi-annual financial framework. The two new instruments proposed are namely a) a civil society instrument focusing on development education, capacity building, coordination and joint learning for development and b) an instrument linking relief, rehabilitation and development. Among the aid modalities discussed are: core funding/operational grants, re-granting, programme funding, pool funding, follow-up grants, budget support to local authorities, twinning, co-financing, direct awards, ring fencing, calls for proposals for local authorities and simplified calls for proposals. Very rich, intense and not easy discussions, as the time is now to feed into the future financial period of development cooperation. On-line consultations are also open: We should raise a cautionary note, that the questionnaire has a few faults and filling in is not extremely straight-forward, but each organisation can decide individually whether to participate or not.

Other topics of the meeting included an update on the European External Action Service (whose structures are still falling into place and where it looks like development needs to be better coordinated with the DEVCO Unit), and some updates relating to the newly introduced “tax” row on the budget and financial reporting formats. All in all, hot topics are being discussed and it is worth while debriefing with your representatives to this group and browsing through the relevant documents posted on CONCORD’s webpage. TRIALOG is following the group and will keep flagposting the important issues for its constituency.

Information provided by Andra Tanase, TRIALOG

Talk at University

On 11th of January 2011, TRIALOG information officer Ulrike Bey was invited by the University of Hildesheim, Germany, to speak about EU development policy, the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in development cooperation and TRIALOG’s work. In the seminar on development cooperation the students of political science discussed the role of CSOs in comparison to state actors in development cooperation. Many of the students will later become teachers and will face the “world in their classrooms”, e.g. increasingly children with a migration backgrounds bring in their own experiences into global education in schools. Moreover, development cooperation and global education issues are only in the process of becoming well-anchored into school curricula in Germany. It is necessary to provide more development education in teachers’ training.

Information provided by Ulrike Bey, TRIALOG

"DEAR Study" launched

During the European Development Days the Final Report of the “Study on the Experience and the Main European Actors Active in the Field of Development Education and Awareness Raising” - in short, the DEAR-Study - was presented.

The study was commissioned and funded by the European Commission and carried out by a team of DEAR consultants. The objectives of the study were to obtain an overview and an analysis of the projects financed by the EC in the area of DEAR in the past 5 years (2004-2009), to obtain an overview and an analysis of the main actors and initiatives in the field of DEAR in the 27 Member States of the European Union, to identify possible options for improving the EC actions in the field of DEAR, based on the findings of the study and on consultations with stakeholders.

One of the main finding of the report is that the EC should become more proactive in this field of DEAR in order to provide added value. The study gives also some policy recommendations towards the European Commission for a more strategic approach to DEAR.

The recommended main objectives for the EC DEAR programme are formulated as: (a) to develop European citizens’ awareness and critical understanding of the interdependent world and of their own role, responsibilities and lifestyles in relation to a globalised society; and (b) to support their active engagement in local and global attempts to eradicate poverty and promote justice, human rights, and sustainable ways of living.

Five immediate objectives are elaborated: the development of coherence and coordination between various DEAR activities; improvements in learning and the sharing of learning; the further inclusion of multiple voices and perspectives from across the world into the operation of DEAR; the grants process; the operation of the EC’s own staff unit concerned with the support and promotion of DEAR.

The Annexes to the report provide additional and background information, particularly in relation to an analysis of EC supported projects, of major actors in DEAR, of Member State policies, and of approaches to DEAR across the European Unions.

The complete DEAR study can be read and downloaded here.

Source: DEAR Study; Information provided by Ulrike Bey, TRIALOG

Development, trade, foreign and security policies: How can emerging donors make a difference?

The Romanian Association for International Cooperation and Development (ARCADIA) organised its first annual conference in Bucharest, Romania between the 25th and 26th of November 2010. The event received the endorsement of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the support of the United Nations Development Programme in Romania, of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), of TRIALOG and other national organisations. The background of the conference is the fact, that as a new EU Member State, Romania is (re)emerging as an international donor and is interested in becoming a dynamic actor on the global arena, in its capacity as contributor to international development.

The conference managed to bring together various Romanian and European stakeholders in the two plenaries to discuss the interplay between development, trade, foreign and security policies and the manner in which (re-)emerging donors, such as Romania, can add value in their international cooperation engagements.

In addition to the plenary sessions, the workshops and roundtables organised by several Romanian NGOs and institutes addressed issues such as: the effects of the economic crisis on the European Community’s budget and its development policy; media and development; the manner in which Romania can best use the 20 year transition period in its development engagements; the role of corporations in national and international development; international development education and measuring poverty indicators. A special workshop was dedicated to the student body present in the event on the theme ’Career paths in development’.

The conference also included an academic section in which various guests presented their academic papers in one of the two themes of the academic panels: Geopolitics and EU Neighborhood Policy and Emerging Donors: Impacts and contributions.

A more detailed report on the event will be soon published on ARCADIA’s website. For further information, please visit: or contact Ms. Corina Ciambur ( )

Information provided by Corina Ciambur, Arcadia

Candidate Status for Montenegro

On 17th of December 2010 Montenegro was officially granted candidate status for EU membership by the European Council. This will allow Montenegro to begin official association negotiations. A specific date for the start of the talks was not given.

European Council President, Herman Van Rompej, pointed out that this decision represents the political will of the European Union for countrys of the Western Balkan to join the EU. EU Commissioner on Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, added: “We hope that today's decision will give new impetus to the country's EU-related reforms, especially with respect to the key priorities identified by the Commission as instrumental to preparing the country for the opening of its accession negotiations with the EU".

From the West Balkan countries, Croatia has ongoing negotiations with the EU, while Montenegro and Macedonia have candidate status. Other EU candidates are Turkey and Iceland.

Information provided by Minna Vincetic, TRIALOG

Development Education Summer School 2011

“Quality and Impact in Development Education” Finland, June 12 – 18, 2011

You are an NGO practitioner? You have some experience on Quality and Impact in Development Education? Then do not miss the chance to participate in the Development Education Summer School 2011 co-organised by DEEEP and Kehys, which will take place in Finland from June 12 to June 18! This year the focus will be on Quality and Impact, a “hot” topic for development education. The event will be a mixture of theory and practice, through thematic sessions and working groups! Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a conference of the European Multi stakeholder Group on Development Education, and meet with the members of such group.
  • How do we define process quality in Development Education?
  • How do we define, plan for and measure impact in DE?
  • The role of methods/methodology in good quality DE work
  • The importance of good quality partnerships, networking and information sharing in DE
  • How can we incorporate quality in each process phase (planning – implementation – evaluation)?

Such questions will be at the heart of the summer school! The selection of participants is now open! Read carefully the DESS presentation and fill in the application form! If you are working in the EU, send your application to the representative of your national platform before January 24, 2011! (Contacts in the DESS description)! If you are not working in the EU, send your application directly to Riikka Suhonnen ( and Cinthia Alaerts (, by January 24 2011.The organisers are one expert, to guide the participants in this one week long learning experience! If you feel you could be take over the role of expert, send your application to Riikka Suhonnen ( and Cinthia Alaerts ( before February 1, 2011. Do not wait until the last minute to send your application!

Information provided by Chiara Tripepi, DEEEP

"Do Europeans Care About the Rest of the World"

In the frame of the European Development Days 2010 on 6th and 7th of December the European Development Education Multistakeholder Group (MSH) organised a successful high level panel on Europeans and international solidarity. The panellists from European institutions, Member States and civil society assessed whether Europeans really care about the rest of the world, how can we measure support and engagement of the European population for global development and what is the role of citizens’ mobilization and development education/awareness raising (DEAR) in the European development policies.

If you have missed this high level panel, you can watch it in streaming right now! Just connect here

Information provided by Chiara Tripepi, DEEEP

2 Consultants on HRBA, Deadline 15 February

Minority Rights Group Europe (MRG), a Budapest-based non-governmental organisation has recently begun the implementation of a 2-year EC-funded programme aimed at increasing the awareness of key development actors and decision makers in target countries of the relationship between human rights and development, and of the importance and benefits of the human rights based approach (HRBA) to development in designing and implementing effective development policies.

MRG is seeking to engage a consultant to carry out research and to author a 20 page guide on introducing HRBA practices into development programming of EU New Member States policy in Cyprus, Hungary, Lithuania and Poland. More information and terms of reference

MRG is seeking to engage a consultant to carry out research and author a 20 page policy paper on the benefits and advantages of adopting the HRBA in EU New Member States policy in the form of a 20 page policy paper, based on the experience of the EU new member states that will hold the upcoming presidencies. More information and terms of reference and terms of reference.

Deadline for application is 15th of February 2011.

Who is Who - ESI Manual on the Enlargement Debate in Hungary

The European Stability Initiative (ESI), a non-profit research and policy institute, is publishing Who is Who Manuals on an irregular basis. On the eve of Hungary’s EU presidency for the first time and thanks to the support of Erste Foundation, a guide has been published for this often little known European country. You can download here the Who is who - ESI Manual on the enlargement debate in Hungary.

Source of Information BCSDN No. 222 and ESI

CARDET to Develop Information Guides for Migrants

The international NGDO CARDET was recently awarded two projects by the Cyprus Civil Registration and Migration Department, to conduct research and design two information guides for migrants. The first guide will provide general information on Cyprus and will be addressed to migrants living in the country. The Cyprus Information Guide will be developed in the context of the European Integration Fund. It is envisioned that the guide will facilitate the integration process of the migrants and help them learn basic aspects of local policies, culture and history. Furthermore, it will help migrants to identify opportunities for employment, access to education, health care and social security and increase their civic engagement.

The second guide will be developed in the context of the European Return Fund. It will be addressed to migrants living in Cyprus and who are about to return to their country of origin. The Country of Origin Guide will be developed for Syria, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The primary objective of the guide will be to help migrants, returning to their country of origin, to re-integrate to their local society. It will provide information on the local labor market of their country, opportunities for vocational training and education and contacts to local organizations (i.e. NGOs) that provide relevant assistant.

The development of the guides is co-funded by the European Solidarity Fund (75%) and the Republic of Cyprus (25%) and will be completed by the end of June 2011

CARDET is also looking for information and contacts with similar experience. For further information please contact us at or visit the website

Information provided by Sotiris Themistokleous, CARDET

Toolkit Street Animation for Social Change

A.R.T. Fusion Association Romania implemented during February 2009- September 2010 the project “Challenge YOU and YOUR Community” together with “Community Volunteers” from Turkey. The aim of the project was to stimulate the active participation of young people from Turkey in problems that concern today's Turkish society by using social theatre, creative street animation methods and non-formal education. More information about this project and its implementation you can find on the A.R.T. Fusion website ( ) and on the blog of the volunteer .

Based on this project and on A.R.T. Fusion years of experience in the field a practical tool kit was developed for using street animation methods for making social change. The manual can be downloaded free of charge from here. For a hard copy of this guide please contact A.R.T. Fusion team at and with subject of availability we can send you a copy.

The project was implemented under Action 2 (European Voluntary Service - EVS) and supported financially by European Commission trough Youth in Action Program.

For more details, information and comments related to this project or material please contact

Information provided by Andreea-Loredana Tudorache

Sexual and reproductive rights - a reality or utopia

An international round-table on sexual and reproductive rights (SRR) was organized by Slovene Philanthropy and Platform Sloga on 14th of January 2011 in Ljubljana.

As an introduction to the roundtable Ms Immaculate Owachaalli and her colleagues (Sunny Skies Women’s Project, Uganda) discussed about problems and challenges they are facing in relations to sexual and reproductive rights in Uganda, such as high mortality rate of women, high fertility rate (6.9 births per women), low levels of contraceptive use (only 15%), widespread sexual transmitted diseases. Furthermore, they presented the project, which is done in cooperation with Slovene Philanthropy. Their objectives are empowering women in Uganda, raising awareness on sexual and reproductive health and achieving greater economic independence of women (e.g. they are part of Global Fair Trade by making unique products from paper beads).

Ms Hilde Kroes (World Population Foundation, Netherlands) and Ms Zupan (Slovene Philanthropy), discussed about the enforcement of the SRR at the international level – e.g. the documents adopted by the UN, the EU mandate, the role of non-governmental sector, and the importance of implementation, monitoring and financing activities in the area of SRR.

Ms Sonja Lokar (European Network on Gender Equality) discussed about importance of empowering women as means to attain goals faster, especially through their political participation, focusing on the case of South-Eastern Europe. Ms Spela Veselic (SOS Telefon) presented experiences in the area of prevention violence against women. Lastly, Ms Dunja Obersnel Kveder (Slovene Philanthropy) presented the concept and development of the SSR, curriculum areas, the most frequent violations in this area, situation in Slovenia and the importance of advocacy in support of the SRR.

In conclusion, all speakers emphasized that SRR are fundamental human rights and are bases for successful and effective solving of health problems, gender inequality and further development of any country.

Information provided by Nina Perovic, Sloga

Global Learning in Schools

Think Global, formerly know as DEA has launched its latest publication "Global Learning in Schools" which draws insights from existing literature, practitioners, academics and others who are closely involved in global learning in England to explore what constitutes effective practice for global learning. To download the the publication go to website of Think Global.

Information provided by the Think Global NoticeBoard and DEEEP

“One planet, countless knowledge - exploring methods and approaches to Global Education”

On 18th November 2010, during the Global Education Week 2010, which took place in various schools across Slovenia, the Development NGO Platform Sloga and Humanitas organized an international experts’ roundtable “One planet, countless knowledge - exploring methods and approaches to Global Education”. There were two speakers from formal and informal educational institutions and two foreign guests from non-governmental organizations.

Ms Mojca Milek, a Primary School teacher, presented good practices of global education recently introduced into formal curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Ms Metka Bahlen, from the Institute for education and cultural activities Bob, talked about school dropouts and possibilities of involving them into other informal programs where they are supported and guided in order to obtain new skills, working experiences - global education and knowledge. Mr Franz Halbartschlager from the Austrian organisation Sudwind explained how they established a centre for global education in Austria. It works as a library containing interesting books about development cooperation, human rights, ecology, and so on. Furthermore, it also serves as a meeting place for events or information seekers. These centres are also present in Slovenia, Slovakia and Hungary. Ms Pavlickova discussed about how to evaluate the quality of global education.

After the panel discussion participants had the opportunity to attend two workshops choosing between: ‘Global Citizenship', 'Human Rights', 'Intercultural dialogue', 'The environment and waste', 'A Different View on Education' and 'Project La Ngonpo – the variety of perspectives'. The participants evaluated the roundtable as interesting and very useful for their further work.

Information provided by Dunja Segrt, SLOGA

Roundtable »International Humanitarian Aid« in Slovenia

On January 20th 2011, a roundtable on the International humanitarian aid was organized by the Foundation »TOGETHER« and Platform SLOGA. The roundtable was organized with the financial assistance of the European Commission – European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO).

Four panellists from Slovenia and Slovakia presented their activities, plans and problems they are coping within the framework of International humanitarian aid. Representative of the Slovak NGDO Platform, Mr Jan Mihalik, talked about good cases of cooperation between the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs and their Platform, and represented the proposed system of humanitarian aid in Slovakia. The representative of the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Aleš Verdir, represented the goals and the system of Slovenian development cooperation and humanitarian aid. He also highlighted the current and future calls for proposals – for Slovenian humanitarian projects. Mr Klemen Mihelič, representative of Slovenian humanitarian organization H.O.P.E, focused on presenting their activities in Sudan, where they were able to provide cameras and internet for protection of local population and to expand their activities on providing drilling installation. Last but not least panellist Ms Marcela Ondeková, representative of Slovak People in Peril Association, highlighted the meaning of pro-action in the process of raising funds for humanitarian actions, the importance of building capacities and establishing partnerships in the field. She also represented the project of their organization in Haiti.

The round table concluded with the awareness that partnerships, considering minimal international standards and gaining the trust of the people, are the most important elements in providing humanitarian aid.

Information provided by Janja Mikulan, Sloga

Scholarships for Economic and Political Reporting from Southeast Europe 2011

Applications are being accepted for the 2011 programme for Balkan journalists. Economic and Political Reporting from Southeast Europe is jointly run by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Thomson Reuters Foundation. It was created to foster quality analysis and reporting on economic issues, enhance coverage on topics that are central to the region’s economic and political development and encourage regional networking among journalists. Fifteen journalists from the Balkans are competitively chosen to participate in the programme, run by experienced ex-Reuters journalists. The programme includes two 10-day courses in the UK (3-15 April) and in Germany (18-30 September). Participants will also travel to Brussels and Berlin to meet policy-makers and journalists covering European financial and political affairs. Applicants must be able to speak English and be full-time professional journalists who have been working for at least two years with a recognized publication, website, radio or television station. Applicants must have a portfolio that includes experience in economic journalism or must otherwise demonstrate a strong interest in economic and political issues. Applying journalists must be citizens of Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, or Slovenia. They must have permission from their employer to take part in both parts of the programme. Please apply online on ReutersLink.

Deadline for application is 31st of January.

Source: BCSDN No. 223

Regional Visegrad Seminar on Global Development Education coming soon

The Czech Forum for Development Co-operation (FoRS) is pleased to announce that the Regional Visegrad Seminar on Global Development Education will take place from 24th to 25th March 2011 in Prague. The aim of the seminar is to exchange experience and share good practices in the field of global development education among various actors (NGOs, state actors, teachers, etc.) from Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia). The programme of the seminar and the entry form will be available for download at soon.

The Visegrad Regional Seminar on Global Development Education is carried out with funding by a Joint Management Agreement between North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and the European Commission – EuropAid – Co-operation Office. For more information please write to:

Information provided by Marketa Lajdova; FoRS

UNDP Procurement Trainings 2011

The United Nations Development Programme offers specialised procurement training and certification to staff from the UN system and their development partners around the world, including NGOs. In 2011 the following courses are offered:

· Introductory Certificate in Public Procurement – CIPS Accredited, Level 2
· Advanced Certificate in Public Procurement – CIPS Accredited, Level 3
· Procurement Strategy Development
· Contract and Supplier Relations Management
· Supply Chain Management in Humanitarian Organisations
· Risk Management in Contracting for Construction Services
· Effective Negotiations in Projects and Procurement
· Certificado en Adquisiciones Públicas – Acreditado por el CIPS, Nevel 2

UNDP procurement certification courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), one of the leading bodies representing the field of procurement and supply chain management, hereby assuring compliance with high international qualification standards. Standard courses are offered on a recurring basis at the locations around the world, in Europe these are Rome, Vienna, and Copenhagen.

For more details on training course subjects and for on-line registration please go to the following website: where you can also download the calendar 2011. For questions please contact UNDP procurement training unit at:

Information provided by Torben Soll, UNDP Procurement Support Office

Thursday, 13 January 2011

International photo contest: GLOBAL WORLD: Through the Lens of Human Rights

Ekvilib Institute is inviting all interested photographers to participate in the initiative GLOBAL WORLD: Through the Lens of Human Rights, which promotes a socially responsible use of photography as a tool for protecting and promoting human rights and expressing a critical outlook on global social developments and processes. The honorary patroness of the contest is Dr. Zdenka Čebašek Travnik, human rights ombudsman of the Republic of Slovenia.

Topic 2010: In the core of this year’s contest are current international development issues from a human rights perspective, including global poverty, climate change, (forced) migrations, food security, war and conflict, etc.

Who can participate: Both professional photographers and other interested individuals who share the vision and the passion for contributing to a more just and balanced global development and to a socially responsible representation of global development challenges.
Prize for the winning photo or photo story:
2000 EUR to be used to support the author’s next human rights photo project.

Deadline for submission: February 1st 2011.

For more information, please visit the Global SOFA website.