Czech Development Education and Awareness Raising Campaigns in 2007 and National Platform in 2008

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Czech Forum on Development Cooperation, presented by: Jana Krczmářová at TRIALOGs central training in Brno (Czech Republic) on February 19 and 20, 2008.

Czech Forum on Development Cooperation, presented by: Jana Krczmářová at TRIALOGs central training in Brno (Czech Republic) on February 19 and 20, 2008.

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  • 1. Czech DE/AR Campaigns in 2007 and National Platform in 2008 FoRS - Czech Forum for Development Co-operation Presented by: Jana Krczmářová, FoRS
  • 2. T opics for today ► Czech DE/AR campaigns in 2007 ► The main challenges facing FoRS platform for 2008 FoRS - Czech Forum for Development Co-operation www.fors.cz
  • 3. C zech DE/AR year 2007 ► Success of Czech/FoRS NGOs in EC calls 2006 for DE/AR ► 19 concept notes out of 136 from NMS with a Czech subject. ► 5 out of 5 Czech concept notes selected for full application round - 100% success rate as the only in EU ☺ ► 3 + 1 full project received EC support ► MFA support for DE/AR NGO project increased again… ► 2004 - 1,9 mil. CZK (73 000 EUR) for 5 projects ► 2008 - 20,1 mil. CZK CZK (773 000 EUR) for 26 projects capacity building, DE/AR, support of platforms ► All together - about 8 mil. CZK goes directly to DE/AR projects (incl. EC co-financing budget line) ► Czech ODA system transformation started with establishment of Czech Development Agency. FoRS - Czech Forum for Development Co-operation www.fors.cz
  • 4. K ey Campaigns in 2007 ► Czechia Against poverty ► Coalition of more than 36 NGOs, mainly national platform ► Turning into 3rd year - evolution of the common work ► Strong link to the GCAP campaign ► Other project of DE/AR ► Virus Free Generation, Stop the Child Labor ► Fair Trade and responsibility consumption campaigns ► GLEN project + Football for Development ► Czech national DE projects - more than 35 together - main organisations: ARPOK, ADRA, People in Need, Society for Fair trade and DE, INEX-SDA, Caritas. FoRS - Czech Forum for Development Co-operation www.fors.cz
  • 5. C zechia against poverty 2007 ► Wide coalition of NGOs - searching for synergies with others (Climate coalition, Fair Trade, UN…) ► Link to policy work of FoRS - joint requirements for ODA transformation and ODA/GNI levels of funding (e.g. MDG debate in Parliament). ► Strong volunteers base - 2 881 volunteers, 3 654 active contacts ► Information materials and activities for different target groups - „campaign branding“ ► Street actions during Days against Poverty in 30 places in 22 Czech towns - about 40 000 people attending campaign stands ► New tools - „cards“ of what to do for MGDs as individuals, companies, citizens, politicians and „don‘ts“ ► Strong media presence - new TV spot, advertising, website FoRS - Czech Forum for Development Co-operation www.fors.cz
  • 6. C zechia against poverty - Success and Lessons Learned ► Be cooperative and open - new organisations, non- development coalitions ► Get back to the „basics“ of development issues before searching public support for pursuing more complex ODA changes ► Offer very concrete solutions for different groups - from individuals to companies and politicians ► Have participatory / team way of implementation with 1 lead coordinator, have time for joint strategy planning and evaluation ► Link to policy and support advocacy work of the platform ► MFA finance for AR, but not for policy and advocacy! ► Be friendly… personal approach and friendship in the team FoRS - Czech Forum for Development Co-operation www.fors.cz
  • 7. C hallenges for FoRS in 2008 - Internal ► Work with and for members ► 2003 - 15 NGOs x 2008 - 28 full members + 12 observers ► Large potential as well as need for getting them involved and better quality of „service“ ► Continuing capacity building - move from PCM to more specific trainings (e.g. financial management, tax and legal frames, facilitation…) ► More structured policy work ► Capacity building of FoRS + members for policy and advocacy, Policy Officer position in FoRS ► Strategic and policy priorities planning ► Understanding actual EU development policy issues and the Czech role in it. FoRS - Czech Forum for Development Co-operation www.fors.cz
  • 8. C hallenges for FoRS in 2008 - External ► Transformation of the Czech ODA system ► Instant participation of FoRS in key processes at inter- ministerial and MFA levels ► Preparation of the new law on the devel. cooperation ► Pressure on increasing ODA/GNI levels ► Evaluation and new programming 2011-2015 ► Preparation for Czech EU Presidency in 2009 ► Aid Effectiveness and Good Governance as FoRS thematic priorities ► Ability to increase synergies and cooperation with non- development coalition ► Presidency only as a tool for strategic priorities ► New European cooperation in post-presidency ► GENE Peer Review on DE in CZ FoRS - Czech Forum for Development Co-operation www.fors.cz
  • 9. I nteresting Links and Contact ► Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs - www.mzv.cz/pomoc ► Czech Development Agency - www.rozvojovestredisko.cz ► Campaign Czechia against Poverty - www.ceskoprotichudobe.cz ► Information on development issues - www.rozvojovka.cz ► Please, contact us at FoRS Secretariat Bělehradská 92, 120 00 Praha 2 Tel.: (+420) 777 756 700 , 222 522 480 Jana Krczmářová (Director) - sekretariat@fors.cz Jana Malkrabová (Assistant) - asistent@fors.cz Executive Board - czech.fors@fors.cz ► www.fors.cz FoRS - Czech Forum for Development Co-operation www.fors.cz