Monday, 27 February 2012

Workshop "The faces behind statistics – How can the Millennium Development Goals influence your life?"

Between 19-25th April 2012, World Vision Romania is organizing "The faces behind statistics – How can the Millennium Development Goals influence your life?" a workshop in Romania (Bucharest and Crit - Brasov County). The purpose of this workshop is to address poverty eradication through community and rural development, social inclusion and through the promotion of active citizenship and human rights.
Applications are welcomed from:
a. Adults who want to learn more about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how they can improve their lives and the lives of people around them
b. Adults who want to understand how European policies influence their lives and of those living in developing countries;
c. Adults interested in sharing and building their experiences on how to better eradicate poverty and fight social exclusion.
d. Young professionals in organizations fighting against social exclusion and marginalization caused by poverty.

Applicants should be more than 18 years old and should reside in or originate from GREECE, CYPRUS, MALTA, GERMANY, AUSTRIA or BELGIUM. Medium level of English knowledge is required. Maximum 2 applicants per country will be invited to participate. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by the organisers.
Application deadline: 5th March

More information and the application form here (word document)

Information provided by Claudia Pedersen, World Vision Romania

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The North-South Centre is introducing its Global Education on-line training course

The North-South Centre is introducing its Global Education on-line training course on intercultural dialogue.

This global education online learning course is designed for education practitioners, social workers, civil society, youth activists, as well as policy and decision makers, local authorities and intercultural cities. It provides an overview on why intercultural education is relevant and needed, what it means in theory and practice and how it can be improved in relation to the context of a globalised world, the local needs, its contents and methodology.

Please note that selected applicants' participation in the course is supported by a NSC grant which means that they have no costs to support.

The course takes place from 12 March to 15 April, 2012 
Deadline for applications is 2 March, 2012

Find the online application form here

Information provided by Miguel Silva, North-South Centre of the Council of Europe

Monday, 6 February 2012

Changes in the TRIALOG Team

As our Information Officer Ulrike Bey is going on maternity leave she will be replaced by our former Office Assistant Elisa Romero who and has been working with TRIALOG during the last one and a half years. Our new Office Assistant is Marie-Therese Filip, she holds a degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology with a focus on Peace and Conflict in the regions of Oceania and post-communist Eastern Europe. In February, also the 6 month LEONARDO internship of Emilia Nunnari will finish. Emilia will leave Vienna for an internship with the UN. In Brussels our new Junior Policy Officer Mirjam Sutrop who worked with the Estonian Platform before, will support our Policy Officer for six months.

We welcome Marie-Therese and Mirjam in our team and wish Ulrike and Emilia all the best for the time ahead!

Information provided by TRIALOG

Advancing Beyond 2015: EU-12 Contributions to a Global Development Framework after the MDGs

TRIALOG (Development NGOs in the enlarged EU) and FoRS (Czech Forum for Development Cooperation) are organising a one-day conference on Advancing Beyond 2015: EU-12 Contributions to a Global Development Framework after the Millennium Development Goals on 24 April 2012 in Prague, CZThe conference will be looking at the current debates regarding post-MDGs in EU-12 countries and at the resulting contributions to the European and global processes for a new development framework. The conference will take place in the frame of TRIALOG's annual Central Training.

For more information on the agenda, speakers and registration please click here 

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TRIALOG Country reports Croatia and Montenegro

TRIALOG has published two new country papers on Croatia and Montenegro. The main objective of the country papers is to give an overview of the civil society situation of these two countries that are closer to become European Union members. TRIALOG would like to thank all organisations and persons that contributed with suggestions and information to this study. The papers are available on the TRIALOG website: Croatia paper (pdf), Montenegro paper (pdf)

Information provided by TRIALOG

CONCORD Report on the EEAS 1st Year of Activity

A new report recently released by CONCORD outlines that the European Union is marginalizing anti-poverty objectives within its new foreign policy arm, the External Action Service (EEAS).The report comes amid a storm of criticism from 12 European Member States on the EEAS’ first year performance.

Klavdija Cernilogar, CONCORD Head of Policy, said in the press release for the launch of the report that the EU foreign policy is turning a blind eye to poverty eradication as the new EEAS fails to integrate development policy in the new service. In regions such as the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, anti-terrorism and security operations have been prioritized with little consideration to long term development efforts. Catherine Ashton and her colleagues need to realize that while poverty remains, conflict and instability will always find fertile ground. One year on, there is still no clarity on how the European Commission and the EEAS will coordinate €11billion in development programming.

The CONCORD report shows that competition rather than cooperation prevails between the two institutions. The report finds that the EEAS has done little to prioritize the ‘Policy Coherence for Development’ in its programs, despite the large staff on the ground who can measure the damage being done by its policies first hand. Laura Sullivan, ActionAid’s Head of European Policy and Campaigns, said that by ignoring this ‘policy coherence for development’ problem, the EU is effectively ignoring its responsibilities on global poverty eradication. In the report CONCORD underlines five ways for the External Action Service to improve: create a arrative on EU development cooperation,roles on programming, make Policy Coherence for Development a reality, sharpen development expertise, and work with civil society in country.

Read the full report here (pdf)
Read the press release here (pdf)

For more information contact Daniel Puglisi

Information provided by Francesca Romana Minniti, CONCORD

ODA – Opinions, Discussions, Analysis: Policy Briefs of Zagranica Group

In the frame of Presidency Project, Zagranica Group began publishing a series of 5 policy briefs „ODA – Opinions, Discussions, Analysis”. Thanks to them Polish NGDOs, as well as administration and decisions-makers, had an opportunity to get familiar with the most recent development cooperation issues.

ODA1 „Policy Coherence of Development”: Why is Policy Coherence for Development essential for eliminating poverty? Is it possible to implement Policy Coherence for Development to Polis foreign policy? Read the policy brief here.

ODA2 "Economic growth and development": Despite declarations that the development should be socially and environmentally sustainable and as much inclusive as possible, it seems that we are getting back to discussing economic growth as the main development factor. An alternative point of view for development and its indicators in policy brief here.

ODA3 "Act on Development Cooperation. A missed opportunity or the opening for a new quality": The new Polish Development Cooperation Act came into force on 1st January 2012. What is the meaning of the new law for Polish non-governmental organizations? What are the main principles of the new Act and what still needs to be amended? Answers in the policy brief here.

ODA 4 "Development cooperation in the Multiannual Financial Framework": 2011 saw the beginning of negotiations on the new 7-year budget of the European Union, with active participation of Poland. The starting point was the European Commission’s proposal. Details in the policy brief here.

ODA 5 "Aid effectiveness after the 4th High Level Forum in Busan: progress or failure?": What are the results of Busan? How we – both as donors and executer of aid projects – can create mechanism to verify quality of our activity in partner countries? Answers in the policy brief here.

More information:

Information provided by Monika Matus, Zagranica Group

Development and Environment: Peer learning in the Baltic and Scandinavian Countries

How to plan and assess the impacts of the development cooperation programmes to the environment?”- was the question constantly raised among the participants of the second training course of the Baltic-Nordic NGO capacity building programme. The programme entitled "Development Cooperation in the Nordic and the Baltic Countries: NGO-to-NGO Training and Networking” was implemented from 12 to 14 January 2012, in Vilnius,Lithuania. It aimed at strengthening Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Danish, Finnish and Swedish NGOs working in the field of development cooperation (NGDO).

Andreas Ulfsax, Policy advisor from the Swedish organisation Diakonia introduced the participants to an “Environmental lens”, a tool that can help practically assess the environmental impacts on the projects and vice versa, taught the participants how to use it within their respective organisations. The international framework for the environmental issues in development co-operation and in particular the Finish NGDO preparation for the Rio+20 summit, reflection on the new EU development policy „Agenda for change“ were presented by Rilli Lappalainen, Secretary General of Kehys. Finally, the participants had a chance to reflect the relation between the environmental sustainability and international development, to learn from the success case studies from Latvia and Finland. This capacity building programme- the first of such kind- is a result of the successfull cooperation amongst the Baltic and Scandinavian NGDO platforms. The first training focusing on sustainable development was implemented on 27- 28 October, 2011. The implementation of the programme was supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania and the Association of the Local Authorities in Lithuania.

Material about the event is available here .
For more information contact

Information provided by Marta Cubajevaite, EESC

Slovak National Global Education Strategy Approved

In January 2012 the Government of the Slovak Republic approved the National Global Education Strategy for 2012-2016 together with the Action Plan for 2012 for this strategy. Slovakia has become the first one out of the EU new member states that have their strategy approved by the Government.

“A Global Education contributes to the development of critical thinking surrounding a global range of topics and further attaining a deeper understanding of themes which are of concern around the globe. The topics that Global Education (GE) covers offer the remit to change attitudes of individuals and strengthen one’s own value and position in the world. It motivates people to take responsibility and educates towards adopting values of an active global citizen.”

The documents were officially submitted jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic which are bound by the tasks from the Action Plan for implementation of the strategy for 2012. Both documents were put together in a multi-stakeholder process initiated by the Slovak NGDO Platform (MVRO). Two initial working groups were lead by Andrej Návojský from the People in Peril Association and Ivana Raslavská for Pontis Foundation. The finalization process was facilitated by the chairwoman of the Slovak NGDO Platform Nora Beňáková.

You can download the English version of the Strategy and Action Plan at

Information provided by Lenka Nemcová, Slovak NGDO Platform (MVRO)

Does Poland make any progress? Polish Aid Watch Report 2010

The „Polish Aid Watch Report 2010” is a review of the Polish government’s development cooperation policy and actions in 2010, including as well an analysis of new trends in this field emerging in 2011. As every year, the report has been drafted by representatives of member organizations of Zagranica Group, the Polish NGDOs platform.
2010 was not a year of many strategic changes. The important step forward initialized in 2011 has been the approval of the Act on Development Cooperation, entering into force on January 1, 2012, as well as the ongoing work on the multiannual plan for Polish aid. However, the impact of those steps can be only evaluated with time.

From the NGO perspective, the main problem still remains the lack of a clear and long-term vision of what we would like to do in the countries of Global South and countries undergoing transformation. The amount of money transferred under Polish aid has not grown significantly, even though in 2011 Poland has started contributing to the European Development Fund (EDF). The real value of Polish ODA is even lower, taking into account the fact that the Polish administration is reporting on the international forum part of this budget as climate mitigation action, which is a violation of the Copenhagen Accord (agreed at the Climate Change Conference in 2009).

Fundamental changes are definitely needed in relation to transparency, systems of evaluation and setting priorities for Polish aid, so that – even as a small and new donor – Poland could be perceived as an effective one. Zagranica Group hopes that such a change will be possible in 2012, accompanied by a qualitative improvement of Polish aid in the topics mentioned in the Report.

Read the "Polish Aid Watch Report 2011" here (pdf document)

For more information please contact Monika Matus

Information provided by Zagranica Group

Putting Development Effectiveness into Practice: CSO Development Toolkits available now!

Just one month after concluding the international development agreement with governments and donors in Busan, South Korea, civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide start work with two important resources to implement their people-centered approach to poverty eradication and advocate for more democratic space: the Implementation and Advocacy ‘Toolkits’ which are available now in English, Spanish and French to guide NGOs, grassroots organizations and other people’s groups to put the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness into practice in their local contexts.
  • The Advocacy Toolkit provides tips and advice from fellow CSOs on advocating for a more favorable context for civil society in their own country or region and complements recommendations on minimum standards for an enabling environment for CSOs.
Find the Toolkits here

For more information information on the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness click here or contact Olga Kozhaeva

Information provided by Olga Kozhaeva, Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiviness

New ePRAG of the EC

The European Commission has published an electronic version of the Practical Guide to Contract Procedures for EU External Actions, the ePRAG. This is a more user friendly version of the PRAG that allows you to browse through it more easily using the elements of the table of content. It also has a toolbar on the top that gives you direct access to the annexes. You can access it at

DEEEP Webinar "Busan and Beyond"

DEEEP and the Irish Development Education Association IDEA are pleased to invite you to a series of Webinars on "Development as Shared Responsability". The first session will take place on February 15th, at 1.00 pm (GMT+1). Amy Bartlett, Coordinator of the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness will be presenting the first webinar "Busan and Beyond". Joining the webinar is free of costs, but places are limited. So if you are interested, register by sending an email to Susan Gallwey ( before February 9th. Once you successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation and an invitation weblink as well as instructions for using the WebEx.

External Evaluator - Minority Rights Group

The Minority Rights Group is looking for an external evaluator for the programme 'From Needs to Rights: Promoting More Effective Development Policies in Europe' which is the second phase of MRG's work for the promotion of human rights-based approaches (HRBA) to development in the new EU Member States.
Please see more information at

Application deadline 21 February 2012.

SLE Training for International Development Cooperation 2012

The centre for Advanced Training in Rural Development (SLE) (the former SLEplus) has published training offers for the SLE Training for International Development Cooperation 2012. The programme encompasses the following trainings:
  • Disaster Risk Reduction: Linking Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation 6 - 17.8.2012
  • Management of Development Projects 20.-31.8.2012
  • Conflict Management and Conflict Transformation 3.-14.9.2012
  • Results-Based Management and Outcome Oriented Monitoring 17-21.9.2012
The Online Registration period is from 1 March to 30 April 2012. For several courses a scholarship could be available, please consult the SLE website.