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  • ISEAL -- Describes objectives, which are to improve social auditing processes in agriculture. Also organizational details and partner information.
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    • 1. HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Governance & Peace Celestine Kroesschell Teamleader Governance & Peace +41 44 368 65 37 New York Office Gisela Keller New York +1 646 643 0390 Nepal: Water & Governance Meeting
    • 2. Contents Our Working Area “Governance and Peace” Vietnam: Men and women villagers vote for community projects HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation: About us
    • 3. Who We Are • Founded in 1955 in Zurich: first private Swiss development NGO • 2011 merger with Intercooperation • $136M annual budget • Politically and denominationally neutral • Over 100,000 members and Swiss donors • 1,200 staff (17% Swiss & international experts) • US presence since 2012 (Gisela Keller, Senior Development Manager) • Fiscal sponsorship • NICRA, Registered with USAID • Long country presence (12+ years) • Work through local partners; build the capacity of local partners • Multi stakeholder approach • Cross-cutting themes: gender equality and social justice • Strong monitoring and evaluation: 11 impact assessments from 2009-2011 • Low overhead: 10-15% • Focus on rural and peri-urban areas • South-south collaboration
    • 4. Our Programs Rural Economy Environment & Climate Change Water & Infrastructure Skills Development and Education Governance and Peace • Sustainable agriculture systems • Agriculture extension • Organic farming & fairtrade • Value chains • Citizen engagement & participation • Political accountability • Civil peace building & conflict sensitivity • Artistic expressions for an open society • South-south labour migration • Climate protection and conservation of resources (land, water, for ests). • Risk reduction and adaption • Safe drinking water & sanitation • Irrigation & efficient use of water • Bridges, roads & trails for access to ideas, services and markets • Private-sector & labor market oriented training • Linkages between basic education & youth skills development • Mobile trainings • Life skills • Tracer study toolkit Cross-cutting themes: Gender & social equity, capacity development, learning & innovation
    • 5. Where We Work 32 partner countries CRITERIA • High level of poverty • High potential for impact • Government collaboration • Relevance of our programs • Civil society or government as partners to collaborate • Donor interest
    • 6. Past & Current U.S. Partners • IDB • US State Department • USDA • World Bank & World Bank Institute • USAID • CARE • Chemonics • Mercy Corps • RTI • Winrock • United Nations • UNCTAD • UNDP • UN Forum on Forests • UNICEF • UNIDO Foundations • Blue Moon Foundation (renewable energy) • Ellysium Foundation (Bhutan) • Ford Foundation (CATIE) • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (water study) • McKnight Foundation (rural economy) • Open Society Foundations (governance) NGOs • Bridges to Prosperity (trail bridges) • KickStart International (water pumps) • Rights & Resources Institute (forests/rights) • Partnership for Transparency Fund • The Nature Conservancy (forests) • Women World Banking • Wildlife Conservation Society • World Resources Institute
    • 7. International Associations Rural Economy • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) • DCED • ICAC • IFOAM • FLO (Fairtrade Label Organisation) • ISEAL • Textile Exchange Education • Centre International d‟Etudes Agricoles Microfinance • CGAP • Social Performance Task Force • Women‟s World Banking Democracy & Peace • CIVICUS (World Alliance for Citizen Participation) • INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre) Water • Global Water Challenge (DC) • End Water Poverty (UK): Member Executive Committee • World Water Council (France • Water Integrity Network • Rural Water Supply Network • WHO – International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Roads & Bridges • International Forum for Rural Transport and Development Climate Change & Adaptation • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) (HSI = lead author) • International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) • Global Environment Facility (GEF) • Rights and Resources Initiative 7
    • 8. Financial Funds by Program Area % Rural Economy 35 Water & Infrastructure 27 Skills Development & Education 16 Governance & Peace 15 Environment & Climate 7 Total 100 Use of Funds % Asia 32.3 Africa 18.7 Latin America 16.9 Eastern Europe, Caucasus & Central Asia 9 Program coordination & support 2.4 Advisory Services 5.1 Swiss programs 3.8 Fair Trade 3.2 Head office 4 Fundraising 4.6 Total 100 Income: Sources % Swiss Development Corporation 61.0 Private 19.9 Other Official Development Aid 11.0 Advisory Services 4.8 Other 3.3 Total 100
    • 9. Contents HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation: About us Our Working Area “Governance and Peace”
    • 10. Networks and Partners • CIVICUS (World Alliance for Citizen Participation), South Africa • INTRAC (NGO Training and Research Centre), UK • International Alert, UK • Institute for Development Studies, UK • Swedish Institute for Public Administration (SIPU) • KOFF/ Swisspeace • CINFO, Switzerland • Universities of Zürich and Lausanne • University of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland • Decentralisation and Local Governance Network, Swiss Development Corporation • Migration and Development Network. Swiss Development Corporation
    • 11. Governance & Peace Programs • 2010: 28 projects with volume of $11.8M • Goals: o 2014: $13M o 2016: $16M Current Programs* # Local democratic governance 11 Pro-poor policies 6 Conflict transformation 4 Culture 6 Migration 2 TOTAL 29
    • 12. Overview of Programs • Albania: Municipal development • Bangladesh: Local government and citizen engagement • Benin: Water and local governance • Bhutan: a) Supporting decentralization, local government, and civil society b) culture • Bolivia: Regional planning and watershed management • Burkina Faso: a) Supporting culture b) Rural roads and citizenship • Ethiopia: Strengthening local councils • Guatemala: a) Municipal development b) Water integrity c) culture • Honduras: Decentralized road building with municipalities • Kosovo: Municipal development • Laos: CSO building & advocacy • Madagascar: Municipal Development and farmers' organizations • Mali: a) Conflict transformation and governance b) culture, supporting artists and photo school • Mozambique: a) Local government, citizen engagement & decentralised water; b) Water integrity c) culture, supporting artists and cultural groups • Nepal: a) Local planning, b) transparency and accountability c) water integrity d) supporting safe migration • Sri Lanka: a) Supporting safe migration b) Human rights • Tajikistan: Access to justice • Vietnam: Decentralized local planning and agricultural services
    • 13. Our Work & Experience • Citizen engagement = local empowerment and agenda setting • Downward accountability • Increased focus on participation of women • “Linking products with processes” • Support of change agents • Work with strengthening partners from supply AND demand side • Link from grassroots to national level (essential for sustainability) • Do No Harm as a tool to investigate latent conflicts and short comings in governance • Strong focus on monitoring – key performance indicators • Currently developing a strategy on migration • Public audits • Promoting non-violence in behaviour • “Working in Conflict” • Civic education = crucial Signature Program: Ethiopia Capacity Building of Councils  Empowering the councils to assume their constitutional role and responsibilities has contributed significantly to good governance, democracy and federalism.
    • 14. Goals and Intervention Areas ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS (Culture) Creation of space for visions, new ideas and debates on society Articulation of marginalised groups Bringing people together for conflict resolution and peace building Working on access to justiceWorking with participatory processes Promoting accountability of the State to its citizens Fostering responsive and accountable local institutions Strengthening civil society and media for increasing voice and accountability Nurturing local democracy, building up people PRO-POOR POLICIESLOCAL DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE Just and peaceful world with safety and dignity for all Strengthening connectors for peace in other working areas Facilitation of public space for dialogue Strengthening individual and institutional capacities for peace CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION CROSSCUTTING TOPICS Downward Accountability Conflict Sensitivity – „working in conflict“
    • 15. Focus: Local Democratic Governance GOAL Inclusive decision-making on public affairs based on good governance principles and citizens„ co- responsibility. Accountability and responsiveness of the state towards the needs, priorities and rights of poor women and men. • People: Active, informed citizens participate in & nurture local democracy, civic education, rights and responsibilities • Institutions: Strengthening democratic institutions (councils, executive local government) and service providers • Processes: Fostering decentralized planning and budgeting processes
    • 16. Focus: Pro-Poor Policies • Strengthen entire public policy cycle • De facto and de jure question • Rule of law, equality and non- discrimination essential for conflict prevention • State as duty-bearer • Multi-level approach • Micro-macro linkages • Strengthening civil society & media • Increasing public accountability • Access to justice GOAL Inclusive policies, based on human rights, contribute to social cohesion, justice and sustainable development.
    • 17. Focus: Conflict Transformation • Strengthening individual and institutional capacities for peace • Supporting local initiatives for peace • Public space for dialogue • Identifying and strengthening existing factors for constructive social change and non-violence GOAL Strengthened local actors, processes and structures, which enable the prevention of violent conflicts as well as the participatory and non-violent transformation or resolution of conflicts. Signature Project: Sri Lanka • Conflict transformation and peace building • 2000 – 2010 • Donor: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Organic agriculture = enhance food security • Support livelihoods, reduce tensions Inter-ethnic initiatives (livelihood and conflict resolution) • Build up trust, reduce violence Trainings in non-violent conflict resolution skills • Change of attitudes and behavior, conflict transformation
    • 18. Focus: Culture • Creating space for interaction, reflection and debate on societal issues • Raising sensitive topics through art • Empowering marginalized groups to articulate themselves through art • Addressing peoples‟ emotions and attitudes to deal with past violence and destruction GOAL Promote artistic expressions to facilitate space for reflection and dialogue, encourage voices of marginalized groups, and contribute to conflict resolution and peace building Signature Project: Cultural project in Mali • 2011-2013 • Donor: Several donors • Capacity building of cultural organizations and associations • Support photo school • Small funds for cultural events at local level
    • 19. Focus: Migration & Development GOAL Labour migrants and their families have access to information, justice and manage remittances effectively for their own well-being Signature Project: Signature Project: SAMI • Labor migration of Nepalese men and women to the Golf states and Malaysia • 2011- 2013, plus 4 yrs second phase • Donor: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation • Raise awareness on labor rights and info on destination countries • Financial literacy and remittance management • Skills development Skills Development Economic Development Psycho-social development Human Rights and Protection
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