• Balkan CSOs – Mid-term Review of Partnership Programmes for Civil Society Organisations
    Balkan CSOs – Mid-term Review of Partnership Programmes for Civil Society Organisations
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    Since the Enlargement Strategy 2007-2008, civil society development has been a reform priority in the EU agenda of enlargement. The objective has been to strengthen the role of civil society in the democratisation and reconciliation process while also supporting better communication of enlargement processes and mutual understanding between EU Member States and the candidate countries’ societies.

    In order to respond to the need of fully engaging civil society in the EU integration process, an overall strategy for supporting civil society has been developed in the framework of IPA under the Civil Society Facility (CSF). The CSF focuses on supporting Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), i.e. all not-for-profit, non-market and non-state organisations and structures in which people organise to pursue shared objectives and ideals.[1]

    The global objective for the CSF is:

    ‘To contribute to anchoring democratic values and structures, human rights, social inclusion and the rule of law, thereby supporting the EU integration process.’

    The specific objective is to achieve:

    ‘A more dynamic civil society actively participating in public debate on democracy, human rights, social inclusion and the rule of law and with capacity to influence policy and decision making processes.’

    In November 2012 the European Commission contracted 18 Partnership Programmes for CSOs under the CSF global and specific objectives. The aim is to contribute to achieving these objectives though the establishment of regional CSO partnerships that pursue shared objectives regarding good governance and the fulfillment of the political criteria for EU accession. Beyond the global and specific objectives, the call for proposals prioritised applications that addressed all of the following issues:

    1)  Strengthened capacity and efforts to provide analysis, advocacy and monitoring of key sector reforms at regional and national levels

    2)  Improvement of the environment for civil activism and state-civil society dialogue at regional and national levels

    3)   Improvement of the legitimacy, transparency and accountability of CSOs in the region

    Each of the 18 Partnerships Programmes targets a specific sector of relevance to the enlargement agenda. Individual Partnership Programmes have their own global and specific objectives reflecting this sectoral work while also showing a clear linkage to the global and specific objectives for the call for proposals as a whole. They fall into three broad categories as follows:

    • Governance
    • Social development, human rights and reconciliation
    • Environment, natural resources, energy

    The mid-term review (MTR) will assess the progress of the Partnership Programmes against the stated specific objectives as well as identify issues and recommend course corrections. In doing so, the MTR will assess each Partnership Programme both individually as well as collectively through an assessment of the portfolio of Partnership Programmes as a whole.

    The MTR will assess each Partnership Programme as well as the portfolio as a whole according to standard evaluation criteria:

    •  Relevance
    • Effectiveness
    • Efficiency
    • Sustainability
    • Network/linkages
    • Lessons Learnt
    • Recommendations

    Commissioned by:

    cardno

    Funded by:

    DG EU Enlargement Link

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  • Equality Training
    Equality Training
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    Design and delivery of and Equality Training programme aimed at Outdoor Tourism Providers.

    The programme is comprised of the following components:

    • Why equality? Is thinking about equality and inclusion a burden or an opportunity?
    • Introductory session to tee up the issues and introduce the approach to be followed;
    • Elements that challenge the perception that practice is universally good
    • What the sector is good at; opportunities we are missing, pitfalls we discovered, what people think of the sector from “outside”;
    • Business benefits of focusing on inclusion – e.g., markets that are being missed;
    • Market differentiation from an equality perspective – increasing your reach and relevance;
    • Good practice case studies – from within the project area and beyond;
    • Mutual challenge on current practice – interactive sessions on issues of current concern. If there is sufficient interest we can assist introduction of Action Learning methodologies around this issue and establishing Action Learning Sets.

     


     

    Funded by:

    Interreg

    Contracted by:

    Conwy County Council Logo

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  • Croatia LAG training – LAGs as engines of development in rural areas
    Croatia LAG training – LAGs as engines of development in rural areas
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    This project provided programme, materials and lectures for the seminar ‘LAGs as engines of development in rural areas’ for the representatives of 30 LAGs. The seminar programme focussed on the role of LAGs in local development, why policy-makers focus on local development and how each LAG can become its own pole or hub of good practice.

    The seminar programme included the following thematic fields:

    Rationale for Rural Development

    Communicating Rural Development

    Facilitation – its key role

    Cooperation projects – the benefits and pitfalls

    The programme included presentations, case studies  and group activities

    A short Final Report was prepared by the Trainer after the seminar, to list perceived training needs and recommendations for further training/learning of the target group which participated at the seminar.

     


    Funded by:

    UNDP Croatia

    Contracted by:

    UNDP Croatia

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  • Strategic analysis for Rural Development – Targeting gaps and opportunities
    Strategic analysis for Rural Development – Targeting gaps and opportunities
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    Building on the successes of the two previous UK Government funded projects in Bosnia; this project was designed to further improve skills and collaboration among the ministries responsible for rural development (State level, Republic of Srpska, Federation and Brčko District) to ensure delivery of rural development accession obligations.

    Component 1 – Training: A programme for state and entity institutions with focus on the Instruments for Pre-Accession Rural Development (IPARD) and accession requirements.  The Training commenced with an Assessment to identify the key officials with responsibility for delivery of key accession obligations and their Training Needs. The project set its skills baseline using a tailored competency based training needs analysis (TNA) framework. The assessment was agreed with senior decision makers, to ensure that those to receive training are clearly identified and have support to complete the training.  The project then delivered two programmes:

    • Intensive training for key staff, focused on:
    1. Module 1: Strategy development essentials, tools and techniques, the importance of evidence, sources and quality assurance, approaches to analysis, survey design.
    2. Module 2: Stakeholder involvement, consultation approaches, publicity & communication in strategy development
    3. Module 3: Strategy monitoring, evaluation, review and roll forward

    d.         Review and feedback – the degree to which training has been embedded and trainees are progressing was measured using a Kirkpatrick skills evaluation methodology.

    • Awareness raising training: One module to cover the above topics for wider stakeholders;

    Component 2 – Coaching & mentoring: 

    • All those attending the training will be asked to sign up for follow up activities structured around a coaching and mentoring programme.

    Component 3 – Delivery of Key Strategic documents – focused on the development of deliverable harmonised Rural Development measures in RS, Federation and BD

    Component 4 – Communication and collaboration practice among ministries strengthened.

    • The establishment of an Action Learning Set: A group is proposed for the key RD practitioners to work together on practical “real life” RD problems; which participants will bring to the group. Typically such groups work best with external facilitation and the project will support its set up and meetings during 2011/12. The sessions offered an opportunity for trainees to demonstrate how the learnt skills are being applied in their everyday work.
    • Improved RD state-level and inter-entity networking:
    • Reviewed effectiveness of Rural Development Working Group and worked with Mofter to develop new structure.
    • RD practitioners’ network, assessment of needs and opportunities which we will review in the light of the Action Learning Set

    Commissioned By:

    Bosnia and Herzegovinia 137x26

    Funded by:

    UKGOV 137x26

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  • Rural Development and Energy policy training for public sector staff in Serbia
    Rural Development and Energy policy training for public sector staff in Serbia
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    Provided 2 separate courses to support the development of Rural Development and Energy capacity in Serbian institutions:

    Rural Development – Comprehensive training programme supported by online learning platform delivered to over 100 professionals from state, regional and local levels.  The training provided a thorough grounding in the development of EU agricultural and rural policy, CAP 2014-20, strategy, programme and project development, communication, stakeholder analysis and partnership development.  The programme was supported by comprehensive set of practical examples, background reading and post-course assessment.

    Energy policy training – The training programme was delivered to over 100 practitioners from state, regional and local levels.  The course material focused on the development and focus of EU energy policy, the EU 202020 strategy framework and the importance of stakeholder management and engagement.  The programme was supported by comprehensive set of practical examples, background reading and post-course assessment.


    Commissioned By:

    seio

    Funded by:

    government of the netherlands

    Partner Organisations:

    Belgrade Open School Logo

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