Future policy with regard to civil society organisations in development
The European Commission is seeking the views of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders on the future policy of the EU with regard to support to CSOs in partner countries in the field of development cooperation. This policy will be announced later in 2012.
- Kristian Schmidt, Director of Human and Society Development at EuropeAid: The European Commission has opened a public consultation addressing civil society organisations to contribute to the future EU policy on "Civil Society Organisations in Development Cooperation". Kristian Schmidt, Director of Human and Society Development at EuropeAid, comments on the need for improved dialogue at various levels to realise the new role foreseen for civil society organisations.
9-10 November 2011
Overview of the process
The Structured Dialogue on the involvement of Civil society and Local authorities (CSOs & LA) in EC development cooperation has been concluded in May in Budapest with a final conference. In line with the global Aid effectiveness Agenda, it was an inclusive process, which sought to bring on board all relevant stakeholders involved in EC development cooperation (EC, EU delegations, European Parliament, Member States, Civil society and Local and Regional Authorities from Europe and partner countries). This initiative aimed at increasing effectiveness of all stakeholders involved by
- building consensus on the role to be played by CSOs & LAs,
- finding ways to improve the effectiveness of CSO & LA involved in EC cooperation and
- exploring ways to adapt EC programmes.
What are the main outputs of The final Conference of Budapest?
- During the final conference of the Structured Dialogue organized in 17-19 May 2011 in Budapest, participants endorsed by Final Statement of the Structured Dialogue. This document constitutes a firm multi-stakeholders commitment to cooperate for an efficient partnership in development, with full respect of each actor prerogatives, roles and mandates, taking stock of the knowledge acquired through this unique dialogue exercise.
- The Concluding paper of the Structured Dialogue aims at presenting the main conclusions of 14 months of multi-stakeholders dialogue. This document has been comented and amended by participants at several occasions and summarize participants' consensual understanding of key topics on the agenda. It is organized around two main parts: (i) synthesis of discussions and key messages; and (ii) recommendations per categories of Stakeholder.
Technical fiches on EU delivery and selection mechanisms
- In the framework of the Structured Dialogue, stakeholders reached a consensus on the most pertinent needs of CSOs and LAs to be supported by Donors. Consequently discussions focused on how to best adapt existing EU delivery mechanisms and on alternative or innovative mechanisms that could be used in the future. The aim was to identify a set of conditions and criteria for the different possible support models in order to determine the most promising and feasible mechanisms for effectively supporting CSOs and LAs in their respective roles and ambitions as development actors. A short technical brief was prepared for each of the 12 delivery mechanisms in order to provide relevant background information and focus discussions.
Milestones of the structured Dialogue process
- 17-19 May 2011 Final Conference Budapest
- 29-31 March 2011 Session of March in Brussels (WG1/2/3)
- 9-11 Feb 2011 Seminar 4 ENP Baku
- 26-27 Jan 2011 Brussels Session 4 (WG3)
- 7 Dec 2010 Brussels Wrap-up session EDD
- 10-12 Nov 2010 Seminar Asia New Delhi
- 13-14 Oct 2010 Brussels Session 3
- 11-12 Oct 2010 Seminar DEAR Brussels
- 15-17 Sept 2010 Seminar Latin America Asuncion
- 12 July 2010 Brussels Session 2
- 29 June - 1 July 2010 Seminar Jordan Amman
- 2-4 June 2010 Seminar Africa Bamako
- 27 May 2010 CSO consultation DHR Brussels
- 27 April 2010 Brussels Session 1
- 23 March 2010 Launching session
Context and scope
- Context & Rationale
- Building on the current momentum
- The international context
- The European context
- Understanding the scope of the SD