• Table for Nine Billion: promoting Europe’s role in growing food and climate justice worldwide
    Table for Nine Billion: promoting Europe’s role in growing food and climate justice worldwide
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    Client

    Oxfam Italia – Table for Nine Billion: promoting Europe’s role in growing food and climate justice worldwide

    Purpose

    Catalys was commissioned to undertake final evaluation of the EC DEAR project, Table for Nine Billion: promoting Europe’s role in growing food and climate justice worldwide.

    We produced two reports of the evaluation; a full report which encapsulates the key achievements of the project; and a summary report of the conclusions drawn from the findings for a wider audience.

    Oxfam Italia required an external final evaluation, firstly to fulfil its obligations to the EC and secondly because the client and partners were keen to learn the lessons in key areas of the results achieved from March 2014 to February 2017. Our final evaluation identified how partners can improve their collaboration and effectiveness in delivering project results.

    We had a defined methodology in place to allow us to execute a transferable and transparent evaluation. We established the baseline which constituted a process review, performance review and stakeholder analysis. This was then used to inform the creation of an evaluation framework which set out core questions. Fieldwork was then conducted which was composed of workshops, interviews and surveys with partners and stakeholders. Data collected through the fieldwork were then compiled and the qualitative and quantitative results were evaluated. From this information we then delivered our report.

    Outcome

    Overall the evaluation found that the Table for Nine Billion project has has been successful in achieving its expected results. The project was achieved its main communications targets, which is central to its role as an education and awareness raising project, particularly with its principal target group, European citizens.  It was also able to identify positive policy impacts, for example and campaigns such as advocacy for food security in Burkino Faso and the international campaign for land rights.  One unanticipated benefit was that less experienced partners found the experience of participating in a transnational partnership project particularly valuable, as they were able to learn from partner organisations with similar goals and many decades experience.

     

    More info: https://www.slowfood.com/sloweurope/en/progetti/table-for-nine-billions-promoting-europes-role-in-growing-food-and-climate-justice-worldwide-2/

     

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  • Final evaluation of the project Development of the ENV.net in West Balkan and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration
    Final evaluation of the project Development of the ENV.net in West Balkan and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration
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    Client

    ENV.net & punto.sud

    Purpose

    Catalys was commissioned by ENV.net to provide an objective and evidenced assessment and evaluation of the network’s outputs, impact and the process of delivery.

    The ENV.net network was established to provide an open and constructive dialogue between environmental NGOs and national authorities in The Western Balkans and Turkey. This involved seeking to offer citizens the platform to influence environmental reforms in the prospective EU integration process.

    Working within the framework set by The Civil Society Facility (CSF), ENV.net developed a strategy to help strengthen the role of civil society in the EU enlargement process.

    The evaluation project was composed of a preliminary analysis of relevant documentation and literature. After preparing the research tools and analysis for the evaluation, we conducted field work with all network members and many wider stakeholders across The Western Balkans and Turkey.

    Outcome

    In meeting the needs of the client, the evaluation provided the following outputs. It has:

    • Used the learning from the evaluation to inform development of the next stage of the ENV.net, i.e., a successful application for follow-on support was made based on the findings of the evaluation and the new network commenced operation in 2017;
    • Built capacity of ENV.net participants and partners in relation to project effectiveness and impact and in evaluation in general; and
    • Reviewed the effectiveness of punto.sud in its administration / management role.

    ENV.net has been successful in establishing a platform for capacity building and knowledge sharing which is relevant and effective for those involved in environmental advocacy and engagement of CSOs in the environmental elements of the accession process. Some activities have been targeted directly on Chapter 27 negotiations and where the CSO representatives are already engaged with this process, such as in Serbia, this connection is apparent.

     

     

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  • 3rd Catalys LEADER & Local Development Summer School – Zadar Croatia
    3rd Catalys LEADER & Local Development Summer School – Zadar Croatia
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    The Catalys LEADER and Local Development Summer School will now take place at a date later in the year.  The course has proved popular with partners and we now have two new partners:

    European Education Forum – will support the programme through the Europe for Citizens Programme, which encourages citizens’ participation in the European Union, by developing understanding of the Union and promoting intercultural engagement at the Union level.

    EDIC (Zadar) – is the European Information Centre in Zadar which provides information about the European Union, its policies and opportunities and promotes civic engagement.

    We are delighted to inform colleagues that the partnership supporting the summer school has grown to include two new partners.  However, the process of bringing new partners into the course and reflecting their ideas will take a little time.  This means that we cannot run the summer school at the planned time in September and will now look for a mutually acceptable time later in the year.  We will be in touch with all those who have made bookings and participants will be offered places at the later course.

    The summer school is also supported by the LEADER Network of Croatia (LMH), Ministry of Agriculture and the Rural Business School (UK).

     

     

    This year the summer school will embrace the Community Led Local Development (CLLD) theme alongside LEADER with the principles having moved from theory to practice for the first time.  We will look at early practice and we will have case studies, films and plenty of discussion, as well as good dalmatian cuisine.

    The 2015 Summer School theme is ENERGY; both how to harness the energy of communities and how communities can provide for their own energy needs.  Rural Communities have many of the solutions to the challenges they face, the only thing they lack is an impetus to develop and a structure to do it within.  The EU’s LEADER and CLLD programmes offer both of these things, however the job of stimulating a community’s energies is subtle and skilled – it is called ANIMATION.  For this reason LEADER and CLLD employ ANIMATEURS, not to be the source of all wisdom, but to stimulate and animate sustainable development.

    The summer school will look at these skills and look at best practice examples of them being applied.

    What can you expect – The Summer School is open and informative, the programme includes discussions, video clips, case studies, practical examples and plenty of opportunity for informal engagement with colleagues and experts.  In addition to the formal programme, participants will also be provided with links, information sources and learning materials.  The summer school will be delivered in English and Croatian and will be facilitated by Ivana Laginja and Ian Baker.

    The sign up form is here.

    The Programme is here

    Who is it for:   Public, private and NGO sectors involved in rural and local development and in particular those engaged with the LEADER programme from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and neighbouring countries.

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  • Catalys Summer School – 2014 evaluation – The results are in!
    Catalys Summer School – 2014 evaluation – The results are in!
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    The results are in!  The 2014 Summer School had Excellent approval ratings of 80 – 90%!

    The independent evaluation of the 2014 summer school was undertaken through Survey Monkey and is now complete.

    Participants were asked a series of questions via online survey and responses were collected that represented over 60% of the participants.

    In overview, most people strongly agreed or agreed attendance was both positive and useful and that they took much useful information back to their workplaces.

    Participants also felt there were some areas where they wanted more information and they wanted more discussion time.  Several ideas were given for extra topics, including, rural tourism, green policies and practice, local development funding and more detail on policy and implementation for 2014-20.

    The strongest rating however was given in answer to the question whether another course would be welcomed, with 89% strongly agreeing or agreeing with this suggestion.

    Location was also discussed and 88% of respondents wanted to see the next course to take place on the mainland.

    The 2015 Summer School will therefore be organised in response to these findings and is due to take place in Zadar in on 2nd 3rd July 2015.

    We hope to see you there!

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  • Green Council consulting NGOs in Bosnia on the case for a state level Agriculture Ministry
    Green Council consulting NGOs in Bosnia on the case for a state level Agriculture Ministry
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    This week sees an intensive series of consultations in Bosnia and Herzegovina regarding the case for an Agricultural ministry at the state level led by led by Sanela Klaric (president) and Selma Osmanagic Agovic of the Green Council (www.green-council.ba).
    The project is looking at the progress to date in comparison with other countries in the Western Balkan region and discussing whether the interests of rural communities and farmers would be better served with an agricultural ministry at the state level.

    Currently, the national agricultural responsibilities are carried out by the Agricultural and Rural Development Department of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations.  With many of the competences regarding Agriculture and Rural Development carried out at the “entity” level; the entities being the ethnically defined “Muslim/Croat Federation” and the “Republika Srpska”; established as part of the post war rapprochement.

    The consultation is debating whether more progress would be made with a stronger and more focused agricultural ministry at the state level; as, when compared to the progress made in neighbouring countries such as Croatia, relatively few forward steps are evident in Bosnia.  Ultimately, it is the farmers and rural citizens who are losing out, as the funds that are intended for them are not available in Bosnia; whilst those same funds have been available in Croatia since 2007; meaning that each farmer in Croatia has on average had access to nearly €2,500 per head that has not yet been made available in Bosnia.

    The first consultation was held in Buna, near Mostar, with the second day held at Foca, today 21st.  for news of the progress of the consultation, check out the following http://green-council.org/odrzan-prvi-konsultativni-sastanak-u-okviru-projekta-zasto-nam-je-potrebno-drzavno-ministarstvo-poljoprivrede-i-ruralnog-razvoja-u-bih/

    Catalys provided underpinning analysis – which is available from info@catalys.org on request; and will soon be available from our www.catalys.org/publications.

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  • Cohesion policy agreed
    Cohesion policy agreed
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    The Final cohesion policy has now been achieved, which sets in motion the cascade of policy and programme development both at Brussels and Member State levels.

    The four last outstanding political issues of the 2014 – 2020 cohesion policy were: 


    (i) Macro-economic conditionality: a condition that ensures that the effectiveness of the five European structural and investment funds is not undermined by unsound macro-economic policies, as the Council together with the Parliament will be able to potentially suspend the payments and the commitments; 


    (ii) Performance Reserve: Measures to improve the efficiency of spending by allocating the reserve to the best-performing programmes that have met pre-defined targets; 


    (iii) Pre – financing: Annual pre-financing will be increased from 2.5 per cent in 2014 – 2016 to 3 per cent in 2020 – 2023; 


    (iv) and Co – financing: The Council agreed to increase the co-financing rates from 50 per cent to 85 per cent for the outermost regions and Cyprus (limited until 2017, with a review clause in 2016). 

    http://www.neurope.eu/article/2014-2020-cohesion-policy-agreed

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  • Bosnia’s €1.5bn Pre-accession funding at risk
    Bosnia’s €1.5bn Pre-accession funding at risk
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    The shocking possibility is that EU funding amounting to €1.5bn could be lost to Bosnia if no agreement is reached between the political (ethnic) parties.

    The following article is taken from today’s Dnevni Avaz:

    If the 10th September this year, BiH does not reach agreement with the European Union (EU ) , it could lose the right to financial assistance in the amount and in excess of 1.5 billion KM , “Dnevni Avaz ” .

    That day , however, is scheduled meeting of the Monitoring Committee of Union and Bosnia and Herzegovina , which will decide whether there will be continued implementation of projects from the EU Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA ) in our country or those of the 2014th was to be abolished , confirmed unofficially for our paper source close to the EU .

    Measures and activities

    Provided that the projects sponsored by the Union of teaching is ” a clear political agreement on the measures and actions, including the approval of relevant projects ,” and an agreement on how to further implement the projects get the green light of the EU. The problem is that so far, everything went very hard and several projects had already been suspended .

    – No one can call into question our commitment to helping BiH. We have seen it so many times so far proven . Here we have invested billions of marks. But we still have to have a secure mechanism to protect EU taxpayers’ money . Only if there is a clear agreement that will allow us in every moment of verifying on the ground to implement agreed , EU funds will continue to be available to Bosnia and Herzegovina – the attitude of the EU Delegation in the country.

    IPA funds realized from the 2007th year . For BiH since 2007th to 2013th allocated more than 600 million.

    For funds from the IPA 2 funds from the 2014th by 2020. , the amount of assistance for BiH is not yet specified . One reason for this is the fact that the money from the first package of IPA assistance is spent. That evil is Gode , the EU has in the past two months , due to the inability of the BiH authorities to agree , had to suspend projects worth about ten million.

    indirect aid

    – We are in the last five years has implemented more than 300 projects in BiH worth over 300 million euros. In the process of implementation is still more than a hundred projects. But now you face the danger not only to you and other planned projects suspension but you do not get anything out of the IPA second We no longer have neither the time nor the patience to wait that you agree . The global economic crisis and the money can not wait. If you do you will not, I will take it for a second – it was said , ” Avaz ” at the EU Delegation in BiH.

    It was explained to us that in order for Bosnia and Herzegovina from the IPA 2 projects should be allocated at least 600 million euros. In addition, the IPA is not the only instrument of direct EU aid our country . With him , is currently being implemented and programs funds EIDHR ( European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights) , IFS (Instrument for Stability ) . If BiH lose access to IPA funds, automatically loses and help from the other two funds.

    An additional problem

    To make matters does not come alone , indicated by the fact that it meant the suspension of aid to BiH from all other European institutions – the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to the European Bank in Frankfurt. By default , the money that had been planned for Bosnia and Herzegovina from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund , in the best case would be frozen until the situation in the country improves.

    Taken together , the lack of IPA 2 funds grew to the loss that would be measured billion marks .

    – We have repeatedly warned of the dangers of falling behind BiH to neighboring countries . While you’re fighting and you keep talking about something you do not, other countries in the region are working hard and introduce quality standards of the EU and thus attract potential investors and increase their economic growth. Blocking reforms not only political but also economic weight – stand out in the EU .

    project Implementation

    To show its effectiveness in the past in BiH , the EU Delegation to emphasize that the work on the reforms in our country to be realized in full or begin implementation of 700 projects.

    – Of these, 300 completed projects in various segments of the economy and life. An additional 300 projects were approved , and another hundred in the final stage of approval. Disunity among politicians has led to the June and July we start to suspend the project , which is open to a very dangerous precedent . Time for a deal is running out , and our patience – warn the EU .

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  • Rural Development CSOs get active to address Bosnia’s rocky road to accession
    Rural Development CSOs get active to address Bosnia’s rocky road to accession
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    Citizen led conference ups the stakes on the institutional deadlock in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Wednesday, Sarajevo, 26th June 2013.  Catalys, joined Green Council and over 65 representatives of BiH institutions; Parliament, donors, media, business and NGOs to call for a State level Ministry of Agriculture to help clear political roadblocks to investment in agriculture and rural development, as well as to help the path to EU accession.
    The conference reviewed the findings of a 5 month research project undertaken by the Green Council (http://green-council.org/); supported by the Centre for Civic Initiatives, Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) and USAID). The researchers looked at the evidence to determine the case for a state level Agriculture Ministry, the legislative basis for the unsatisfactory status quo, and the relative merits of the alternatives currently under consideration.  The research also compared progress in BiH with that in Croatia over the past decade; during which time BiH has achieved as much progress in 12 years as did Croatia in their first 12 months of the accession process.
    The following piece covering the conference also appeared on the Alterural site:
    A greater place for CSO’s in rural development policies
    In Bosnia, after a long silence, CSO’s participation in public life gradually emancipates from political arenas as lately seen with the tragic case of baby Berina and large demonstrations in Sarajevo. It is a struggle to draw the conditions for greater involvement of civil society in public policy. In rural development issues as well, the citizens themselves are the most legitimate to identify their own needs, and contribute to the development of the most appropriate responses to the challenges of tomorrow. This begins with most basic individual rights and goes to much technical issues such as the integration to EU. The 28th of May in Ilidža was held a conference to enhance the ACoRD project „Alliance for Common Rural Development“ in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  This is a project funded by the European Union from pre-accession programmes to support the civil society development. It is implemented by the Agency for Cooperation, Education and Development (ACED) as a lead organization in partnership with REDAH, Nesto Vise, LAG Una-Sana and European partner ELARD. This forum is considered as a very positive preliminary step for CSOs to organize the debate on technical fields to improve advocacy. This was significantly the same conclusion focusing on the role of citizens during a conference organized by the “Green council” NGO under the auspices of USAID in Sarajevo on the last 26th of June.

    Given the lack of political will and lost available funds, the role of civil society will be decisive for the future. The objective of the event was to present the result of a research on the question: ”Why does BiH need a state Ministry of agriculture, food and rural development?”. For rural tourism stakeholders and Alterural, it is essential to participate to these forums and develop exchanges. Indeed, the sector particularly targets family agriculture and possible diversification strategies in the Bosnian Countryside. The support to a sustainable Rural tourism can indeed be an important and dynamic element of local rural economies. It also emphasies the role and involvement of active local NGOs in rural areas.

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  • Local Fishermen & Communities to drive Fisheries Development in Croatia
    Local Fishermen & Communities to drive Fisheries Development in Croatia
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    Catalys has completed its report into Fisheries in Croatia and the report has now been published by UNDP.

    The result of 6 months consultation, research and development with the local teams particularly at UNDP and Croatia’s Directorate of Fisheries, the report concluded that Community Led Local Development (the FLAGs – or Fisheries Local Action Groups, as they are currently known), has a considerable role to play in the future development of the fisheries sector and Croatia’s wonderful coastal zone.

    Ideas such as a national fishery skills training centres, direct fish product marketing, value adding on the islands and joint fishery/tourism initiatives were all expressed to the research team.

    It is clear that for Fisheries to continue to be a key part of Croatia’s culture and economy as the country enters the European Union, that all the tools available will be needed to address the very real structural issues in the sector and supporting structures.  The CLLD mechanisms are one of the most powerful of those tools, offering the ability for the sector to link directly productively with other sectors of the economy.

    The question now for the ministry is how to maintain momentum in this sector, whilst at the same time meeting the many new and growing responsibilities that come with being the EU’s newest member state.  Sretan put!!

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  • Local Development summer school – its about the local economy…stupid
    Local Development summer school – its about the local economy…stupid
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    Preparation for the summer school on the beautiful island of Hvar is gathering pace.
We can now confirm that Bob Hancké is joining the team to give us the benefit of his internationally renowned expertise in European economic affairs and discuss the implications for local development.

    Does the economic crisis make it more or less likely that local developments will receive funding and should its implications be factored into local project design?  These are questions that could make the difference between success and failure and we are sure will be the subject of heated debate.

    So join us… more information and booking details can be found at http://www.catalys.org.uk/summerschool.html

    Bob is Reader in European Political Economy at the European Institute of the London School of Economics. A long standing contributor to our summer schools, he is an internationally renowned expert on comparative economic performance, labour relations and Economic and Monetary Union. His website is:http://www2.lse.ac.uk/europeanInstitute/staff/academicStaff/hancke/home.aspx

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