Report by CONCORD on "Mutual engagement between EU Delegations and civil society organisations"

CONCORD, the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs, produced a report on mutual engagement between EU delegations and civil society organisations across the world.

The report is based on responses to a worldwide survey from 229 civil society actors (CONCORD members and their partners) working in 70 partner countries, supplemented by interviews with some EU delegations (EUDs).

The aim of the report is to gather examples of good practices and lessons learnt from the engagement between EU delegations and CSOs in order to give feedback and make recommendations to the EU delegations, EU member states and civil society community. The final goal is of course improving the engagement EUDs- CSOs.

The report shows that huge progress has been made and that the dialogue between EUDs and CSOs is constantly increasing, but major challenges still remain. Existing для этого случая consultations need to be transformed in a more permanent dialogue, the range of civil society actors to involve needs to be broaden, as well as the engagement with local and grassroots organisations. But it’s not only about EU Delegations, also CSOs should coordinate better to ensure a more effective engagement with EUDs.

You can access the report in English, Spanish and French via this этой ссылке.

CONCORD is also organising 3 webinars on the 31st of March 2015 in the 3 languages of the report  in order to exchange further on this report, its recommendations and its usefulness. In order to participate to the webinars, please register through the following links, by 15 March.

– English webinar, March 31 (10.00-11.00 CET)
– French webinar, March 31 (12.00-13.00 CET)
– Spanish webinar, March 31 (17.00-18.00 CET)

CONCORD, the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs, produced a report on mutual engagement between EU delegations and civil society organisations across the world.

The report is based on responses to a worldwide survey from 229 civil society actors (CONCORD members and their partners) working in 70 partner countries, supplemented by interviews with some EU delegations (EUDs).

The aim of the report is to gather examples of good practices and lessons learnt from the engagement between EU delegations and CSOs in order to give feedback and make recommendations to the EU delegations, EU member states and civil society community. The final goal is of course improving the engagement EUDs- CSOs.

The report shows that huge progress has been made and that the dialogue between EUDs and CSOs is constantly increasing, but major challenges still remain. Existing для этого случая consultations need to be transformed in a more permanent dialogue, the range of civil society actors to involve needs to be broaden, as well as the engagement with local and grassroots organisations. But it’s not only about EU Delegations, also CSOs should coordinate better to ensure a more effective engagement with EUDs.

You can access the report in English, Spanish and French via this этой ссылке.

CONCORD is also organising 3 webinars on the 31st of March 2015 in the 3 languages of the report  in order to exchange further on this report, its recommendations and its usefulness. In order to participate to the webinars, please register through the following links, by 15 March.

– English webinar, March 31 (10.00-11.00 CET)
– French webinar, March 31 (12.00-13.00 CET)
– Spanish webinar, March 31 (17.00-18.00 CET)


LDA in Dnipropetrovsk – A step forward

In an effort to support the development of local communities, local democracy and citizens’ participation in Ukraine, ALDA – The European Association of Local Democracy, in cooperation with local and regional authorities and civil society organisations, is working to establish a Local Democracy Agency in Dnipropetrovsk (LDA)/ Ukraine.

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Together with our partners we are planning to launch the LDA in Dnipropetrovsk on 18th May 2015 in line with the Europe Day celebrations. Our current confirmed partners include the regions of Lower Silesia (Poland), Alsace (France), and the region of Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine). The LDA is endorsed by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, by the UNDP ART initiative and CORLEAP (The Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership) of the Committee of the Regions (CoR).

ALDA is currently looking for more partners from the EU regions/municipalities, as well as European and local civil society actors to come on board.

An introductory event, was held on 6th March in Dnipropetrovsk, to present the LDA and its objectives to the EU and Ukrainian stakeholders interested in supporting this important initiative. The event was organised back-to-back with the Youth event held by the Congress of the Council of Europe within the framework of the Congress project “Strengthening the capacity of local authorities in Ukraine”.

ALDA and its partners invited a number of EU-based and Ukrainian civil society groups, Regions and Municipalities with a work focus on Ukraine, to participate in the event on the 6th of March.

For further information, please find here the Agenda of the event.

Please find below some interesting material about the event:

In an effort to support the development of local communities, local democracy and citizens’ participation in Ukraine, ALDA – The European Association of Local Democracy, in cooperation with local and regional authorities and civil society organisations, is working to establish a Local Democracy Agency in Dnipropetrovsk (LDA)/ Ukraine.

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Together with our partners we are planning to launch the LDA in Dnipropetrovsk on 18th May 2015 in line with the Europe Day celebrations. Our current confirmed partners include the regions of Lower Silesia (Poland), Alsace (France), and the region of Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine). The LDA is endorsed by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, by the UNDP ART initiative and CORLEAP (The Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership) of the Committee of the Regions (CoR).

ALDA is currently looking for more partners from the EU regions/municipalities, as well as European and local civil society actors to come on board.

An introductory event, was held on 6th March in Dnipropetrovsk, to present the LDA and its objectives to the EU and Ukrainian stakeholders interested in supporting this important initiative. The event was organised back-to-back with the Youth event held by the Congress of the Council of Europe within the framework of the Congress project “Strengthening the capacity of local authorities in Ukraine”.

ALDA and its partners invited a number of EU-based and Ukrainian civil society groups, Regions and Municipalities with a work focus on Ukraine, to participate in the event on the 6th of March.

For further information, please find here the Agenda of the event.

Please find below some interesting material about the event: