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Session 2 -_(1)_ppt_restitution-consultation-final

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From a two day ‘Policy Forum on Development’ event that brought together over 100 individuals from civil society organisations (CSOs) and local authorities (LAs) in the EU, Latin America, Africa and Asia, together with specialist speakers and relevant EC staff. (June 2012)

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Session 2 -_(1)_ppt_restitution-consultation-final

  1. 1. Preparing the future policy of the EU with regard to support to CSOs in partner countries 1st Interim Meeting of the Policy Forum on Development Brussels, 10-11 May 2012
  2. 2. Structure of the session DEVCO1) CSO in governance roles – First results of the Consultation on CSOs in Development3) Introduction- The role of CSO in social services and in inclusive growthCoffee break3) Two working groups: o Role of CSO in service delivery – social sectors o CSO and the promotion of inclusive growth 2
  3. 3. Structure of the Consultation DEVCO CSOs and developm effectiven ess 3
  4. 4. DEVCOThe on-line consultation… ran between the 12 March and 7 May 2012and open to all stakeholders …• Approx. 300 contributions received in total (85% since 1st of May and 65% on the 7th of May)• Assessment process on-going. Consultation report ready in July 2012• 50 first contributions assessed so far (almost 20%). 4
  5. 5. About the respondents (i) DEVCOMore than 90% of the respondents are CSOs, with a majority of NGOs 5
  6. 6. About the respondents (ii) DEVCOIts well balanced, geographic-wise, with African CSOs taking the lead 6
  7. 7. Preliminary results: three blocks DEVCO 7
  8. 8. DEVCOPromoting an enabling environment for CSOs tooperate 8
  9. 9. An enabling environment DEVCO… A democratic system that ensures in law and in practice the right to organise, to secure funding, freedom of expression and information and to participate in public affairs What can What What role the actors indicators can media do? can be used play Donors; to track (traditional CSOs; etc progress? and social)? Identification of good and innovative practices 9
  10. 10. About development About CSOs: what DEVCOpartners: what can can be done?be done? Reaffirmed Political Internal engagement governance • Social media plays a + + cornerstone role in: Political o ensuring public backing Information engagement to CSOs work; and o documenting good Dialogue + and bad practices; Information raising public + o & awareness ; Adequate & Communic. o promoting predictable accountability and funding & transparency Capacity developmen • Social media is particularly t relevant in restrictive and fragile environments 10
  11. 11. Proposed indicators to measure progress in the area of EE DEVCO• Frequency of uptake of recommendations by CSOs into policy formulation• Effective CS engagement in preparation of annual plans and budgets• Degree to which FOI, Freedom of association and freedom of press are respected• Permanent space for dialogue and/or cooperation between the government and CSOs• Number of CSOs registered and operating in the country• Existence of a CSOs friendly national legislation and procedures• Degree to which CSOs are free to operate without political interference• Freedom of receiving foreign funding 11
  12. 12. DEVCOPromoting the participation of CSOs in public policyprocesses and in domestic accountability 12
  13. 13. Participation of CSOs in policy processes and DEVCOdomestic accountability• To ensure effective pro-poor policies and management of public resources -> democratic ownership Challenges What How can the Criteria to and indicators EU & ensure opportunities can be used International representativity ? to track CSOs support and legitimacy progress? Domestic Accountability ? Identification of good and innovative practices 13
  14. 14. Weaknesses & Challenges Strengths & OpportunitiesCSO limitations and weaknesses Strengths DEVCOLack of / insufficient funding Proximity to populations & in-houseLimited advocacy capacity expertiseAbsence of follow-up mechanisms Mediation roleDispersed CSO actions Civic responsibility promotionExistence of GONGOs Institutionalized structural dialogue & collaborative approachesChallenges OpportunitiesPrevailing social and gender inequalities Increased transparency on public processesCorruption and resistance to change CSOs engagement with LAs & governmentalCitizens Inactive attitude agenciesGovernments’ autocratic attitude Proven added value of inclusive policyInsufficient opportunities to contribute to dialoguepolicy making Technical assistance and peer support provided by INGOs 14
  15. 15. Donors’ support International CSOs support DEVCO Financial Financial support support + + Support Capacity Capacity Key idea: developmen developmen partnership t t + + alignment + with local Experience CSOs needs Enhanced sharing + tripartite support to dialogue networking + + Support Citizen education citizen Advocate and put and awareness education pressure in their raising in respective European governments countries 15
  16. 16. Proposed criteria DEVCO• Reputation & good practice record• Experience in oversight methodology, sectoral expertise & know how• Loyalty and commitment to the formulated mission.• Institutional capacities and available resources to ensure information dissemination• Capacity to voice the concerns of grass-roots and social excluded groups.• Independence (no links with politicians)• Transparency and accountability systems in place.Additional comments• The criteria should be identified by CSOs. 16
  17. 17. DEVCOCSO Capacity DevelopmentCSO Development Effectiveness 17
  18. 18. DEVCOCapacity development and internal governancemechanisms Donor Internal Donor approaches Governance support to to CD Challenges internal governance Identification of good and innovative practices 18
  19. 19. Good practices in Capacity Development DEVCO• Bottom up approach to ensure CSO ownership• Long-term perspective• Case-by-case approach (i.e. through evaluation of CSO needs)• Organisational development of CSOs to promote governance & accountability• Exchange of experiences among CSOs• Innovative mechanisms (even at funding level), South-South and peer cooperation and search for new partners/allies (e.g. business, professional unions, etc.) 19
  20. 20. Weaknesses and challenges to DEVCO ensure development effectiveness• Lack of transparency and accountability & weak governance structures.• Insufficient orientation towards the community and disconnection from their constituencies. The EU should support• Lack of technical skills, limited capacity and CSOs own efforts (86%) unstable staff.• Private interests and fragmentation of efforts• Top-down leadership models 20
  21. 21. DEVCOThe role of CSO in social services and in inclusivegrowth 21
  22. 22. The role of CSO in social services and in inclusive DEVCOgrowthThe Agenda 4 Change : o Human Rights, democracy and good governance o Inclusive and sustainable growth for human developmentSupport to focus on: o the foundations of inclusive growth :social protection, health and education o the enabling vectors: business environment, regional integration o sectors with a multiplier effect: sustainable agriculture and energy•How: public actors in partnerships with private sector and civil society 22

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