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Summary of discussion (ppt)

  1. 1. Consulting structural and communitarian aid programs in expanding EU 25 November 2004 PDCS, Bratislava David Stulík Civil Society Development Foundation
  2. 2. Consultants for NGOs needed? <ul><li>YES! </li></ul><ul><li>ANO! </li></ul><ul><li>ÁNO! </li></ul><ul><li>YGEN! </li></ul><ul><li>TAK! </li></ul><ul><li>ДА ! </li></ul>BUT: EU Structural funds make no difference and sense... 
  3. 3. <ul><li>From general to more specific information </li></ul><ul><li>From initial chaos and misconception to more sophisticated couching and consulting </li></ul><ul><li>Growing r ecognition on the side of business of the NGOs ’ “ potential ” to be the access key to EU funds </li></ul><ul><li>Growing recognition of the partnership potential </li></ul><ul><li>Growing importance of lobbying </li></ul><ul><li>Bigger interest in “steel and concrete” (hard projects), but in the future a huge potential also in “soft” projecs </li></ul>Basic trends
  4. 4. Why do NGOs need consultants? <ul><li>Project/proposal writing is just a tiny part of the consultant’s job!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Identification and formulation of project/problem </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing in “outsider” perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Ex ante evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting technical and formal criteria (contrary to US foundations’ experience) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Help with financial arrangements (loans, co-financing, advance payments, negotiations with banks) </li></ul><ul><li>Finding and negotiating with partners </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbying (consulting implementing agencies) </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of respective documents (frequently changed, large volumes) </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of working methods and way of thinking of evaluation commissions </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of evaluation criteria </li></ul>Why do NGOs need consultants?
  6. 6. <ul><li>Actual implementation: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reporting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Crisis management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge of formal requirements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Ex post evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up </li></ul>Why do NGOs need consultants?
  7. 7. <ul><li>Foreign companies (including consultancies) bring in own know-how, best practices and experts to New Member States </li></ul><ul><li>Economic interest in bigger projects (>100.000€) </li></ul><ul><li>Management costs of consultants around 20% </li></ul><ul><li>Consultants do not accept every „order“ </li></ul><ul><li>Consultants also seek proper projects themselves </li></ul>Consulting NGOs on EU funds
  8. 8. <ul><li>Consultants act as an “admission filter” </li></ul><ul><li>Potential initial problems strike back on consultants </li></ul><ul><li>Danger of taking over (by consultants) the ownership of the project </li></ul><ul><li>Difference between “emotional” and “pragmatic” project proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Control question: Would you implement this project also without EU subsidy? </li></ul>Consulting NGOs on EU funds
  9. 9. <ul><li>Need to seek assistance from a “ good ” consultants (references?, # of accepted projects?) </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict of interests? </li></ul><ul><li>Consultants’ consciousness? </li></ul><ul><li>NGOs in CEEC : </li></ul><ul><li>being a consultant in other </li></ul><ul><li>countries (former USSR, Yugoslavia) </li></ul>Consulting NGOs on EU funds
  10. 10. <ul><li>David Stulík </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.nros.cz </li></ul><ul><li>www.ngo-eu.cz </li></ul><ul><li>233-358-489 </li></ul>

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