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