Friday, 15 April 2011
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Following, the CONCORD confederation is preparing a document focussing on lessons learnt in EU policies, especially concerning the involvement of CSO in policy making processes and active civil society as a stability and peace building factor in the Northern African and Middle East region. The document will be available soon at the CONCORD website.
Information provided by Monika Matus, TRIALOG
Information provided by Monika Matus, TRIALOG
Source: CONCORD FDR Working Group
The seminar takes place in Espoo, Finland, April 4-5 and is organised by the Finnish NDGO Platform to the EU, Kehys, together with the head of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Finnish Network, Tampere Peace Research Institute, and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
The seminar seeks to find new synergies by linking actors across institutional and disciplinary boundaries. The objective is to generate fresh ideas and concrete project proposals that can contribute to the development of Baltic-Mediterranean cooperation. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of active civil society cooperation as an innovative force that has the capacity to cross thematic and regional boundaries. Programme and Background Information.
You can take part in the seminar discussions online on our blog at https://balticmed.wordpress.com. At this online-forum for inter-regional cooperation you can follow the discussions of the plenaries and working groups of the seminar and join the debate on the future of Baltic-Mediterranean cooperation.
For more information contact Mikko Lipsanen, Kehys email@example.com
Information provided by Kehys
The European Commission (DG Devco) has the declared will to apply the recommendations of the DEAR Study as far as possible. In a first step, some of the short term proposals were integrated in the draft annual action programme of the NSA-LA thematic programme, which is the main EC funding instrument for DEAR (for further information see DEEEP website).
On 30 March, stakeholders of the DEAR study process met for a half-day seminar within the last Brussels session of the Structured Dialogue Process, of which the DEAR Study is a “supporting initiative”. The group discussed the results of the DEAR study and formulated the following key messages to the structured dialogue plenary the next day:
- High appreciation of the DEAR Study process and call to implement the results and recommendations.
- Global sustainable development needs active global citizens. DEAR is the appropriate tool to promote such citizens empowerment, also through EC instruments.
- The European Commission should adopt a formal policy statement on DEAR in order to give a strategic framing to its activities in the field.
- Development education and awareness raising should take place everywhere, not only in Europe. In a mid-term perspective (new European multi annual financial framework from 2014) EC programmes should integrate such a open and global approach to DEAR and citizens empowerment for change, as a contribution to the creation of a global civil society.
- Any follow-up process to the structured dialogue should integrate a DEAR component, in order to continue the fruitful exchange and to further develop the sector.
For further information, contact Tobias Troll (DEEEP advocacy officer) at t.troll@deeep,org
Information provided by Tobias Troll, DEEEP
The new “EU Engagement strategy” which was developed by the Institutional Task Force on how to engage with European Commission, Parliament and External Action Service within the new EU architecture was presented through interactive exercises – all CONCORD members are encouraged to consult the strategy (to be found on the extranet).
Furthermore at the end of Policy Forum members had the occasion to meet the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Pielbags, who reacted on CONCORD’s submission to the Green Paper Consultation. On bahalf of CONCORD responded Laura Sullivan (ActionAid) highlighting the continued need for social sector investments and responding to other issues Piebalgs had raised. These speeches and the minutes of the Policy Forum are soon available on CONCORD’s extranet.
Information provided by Monika Matus and Ulrike Bey, TRIALOG
Headline proposals of the paper on the overall picture of EC funding for civil society in development are:
Especially relevant for New Member States is that as one of the key principles regarding implementing mechanisms CONCORD demands targeted, transitional support mechanisms for organisations within New Member States which have been aid recipients. They are meant to assist both their transition to donor status as well as in engaging in EU policy-making.
Another important proposal for CSOs in general is to reserve a certain amount of money, e.g. earmarking 15% of geographical funding for CSOs. These ring-fencing funds mean a positive discrimination to increase access to funding for local CSOs. In future this could be used as a lobby tool for CSOs also in the New Member States to raise more funds.
Read the full document
Source: CONCORD; Information provided by Ulrike Bey, TRIALOG
FoRS would like to thank to all co-organizers of the seminar, namely the North South Centre of the Council of Europe, the Hungarian Association of NGOs for Development and Humanitarian Aid (HAND), the Slovak NGDO platform (MVRO) and the Zagranica Group (Polish NGDO association), for their help and support.
The Visegrad Regional Seminar on Global Development Education was 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.
Information provided by Marketa Lajdova, FoRS
As part of a project “Development issues and the way forward” the Slovenian NGDO platform SLOGA organized an international round-table “Together for sustainable change” on 10th March 2011 in Ljubljana (Slovenia). The project builds on a previous project “Rethinking Afghanistan’s Development Perspectives« prepared by a Slovenian photographer Manca Juvan and SLOGA, and broadens its focus also on development challenges in Kosovo.
The aim of the round-table was to raise awareness, encourage and continue discussions in the Slovenian arena about development issues in Kosovo and Afghanistan; to discuss about the role of Slovenian NGOs and opportunities to build partnerships with local NGOs; to critically rethink about (inter)national development strategies and coordination of donors and seek options for improvement; and to promote and strengthen awareness of the benefits and importance of volunteering.
In conclusion, the challenge of reconstructing countries, affected by war or natural disaster, and creating a solid foundation for sustainable development is a complex process which requires a consistent, effective, responsible and coordinated support of all stakeholders – people, government, donors, civil society organizations and the international community. Furthermore, in order to strengthen the society the process has to be designed and based on analysis of local needs, a long-term vision, intercultural dialogue and sharing of knowledge and experiences.
Information provided by Nina Perović, SLOGA
In Central and Eastern Europe Oikocredit works in 22 countries through 7 offices in Russia, Kirgistan, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. TRIALOG talked to Rahat Uraimova, Deputy Regional Director of Central Asia and Eastern Europe for Oikocredit about their work in the region.
How does Oikocredit work? We have our own social objectives in mind when we find project partners. We find microfinance institutions or cooperatives who provide benefits or improve lives for poor or disadvantaged people, people who don’t have access to the ordinary banking services. Our project partners provide them with small loans and with opportunities to start maybe business or support their families with some income generating activities.
What projects do you have in Slovakia, Bulgaria or Romania? In Slovakia we have an office that manages the portfolio for the Balkans, so we do work with microfinance companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Kosovo, Albania, Serbia.
In Romania we finance both financial institutions which focus on borrowers or micro entrepreneurs and also businesses, small family run businesses, producing or service businesses. Romania remains one of the poor EU states with a lot of structural problems and people, especially small businesses need access to finance but they cannot find it because they might be too risky for banks. I think private investors like Oikocredit can play a role here because we provide finances to those businesses who need support.
What is special about activities of Oikocredit in the cooperation with your partners? What we try to do is essentially to promote innovative ideas, that could be women empowerment and how you would look at that or a special business idea and new approach to it. Our project partners probably also appreciate longer relationships we have.
In Bulgaria for example we work with cooperatives and sometimes some of them do access bank loans but banks have different regulations, thus our finance might be more flexible for their needs. We also hold annual meetings of our member cooperatives and our partners really appreciate this kind of gatherings where they discuss common problems.
When it comes to trainings as accompanying measures we work through partnerships. We have successful partnerships with for example some Dutch institutions or NGOs providing consultancies or trainings and we hope to build similar partnerships in other countries.
For more information on Oikocredit and the projects in the region visit: http://www.oikocredit.org/en/home
Interview: Ulrike Bey
Participation in the Programme is financed by the European Fund for the Balkans, an initiative by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the King Baudouin Foundation, the Compagnia di San Paolo and the ERSTE Foundation, hosted by the Network of European Foundations. Learn more and apply online. Deadline for application is 27.04.2011.
Source: BCSDN Nr.226
During its 11th Edition in 2010, various activities (Seminars, Training Courses, Workshops were organised by more than 10 partners and brought together around 250 young people from all over the world (see the final declaration). In 2011 the University on Youth and Development will be gathering for the 12th time and therefore renewed hopes and aspirations, objectives and challenges are launched to the partners to reinforce this as the space and home of Global Youth Work and of the Global Youth Movement. This year the chosen theme is “Youth Volunteering for Global development” and will take place in the Framework of the “International Year of Volunteers + 10 (IYV+10) 2011” and the “European Year of Volunteering 2011”. The 2011 University will be held from the 18th to 25th September 2011.
The Main Goals are:
We wait for you for a great journey of Global Youth Work !
Information provided by Emilia Soares, North-South Centre
The role of the Communication Officer is to deliver CONCORD’s objectives in the field of communication in view of responding to members’ and stakeholders’ needs and ambitions. For more information follow the link on the CONCORD website. Deadline for application is April, 17.
Information provided by Sotiris Themistokleous, CARDET