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APRODEV briefing on THE EU AND CIVIL SOCIETY: WHAT TO BE EXPECTED? - February 2013

At the October 2012 Policy Forum on Development, Commissioner Piebalgs said : As our new policy on civil society says, given the right conditions, you (CSOs) can fully play your role as actors in governance and development in helping support transparency and good governance advocacy, contributing to policy-making and to human development and inclusive growth. We are committed to helping create those conditions. Read more

 

APRODEV and CONCORD RESPONSE to the EC COMMUNICATION ON CIVIL SOCIETY - October 2012

CONCORD and APRODEV very much welcome the important and timely Communication The roots of democracy and sustainable development: Europe's engagement with Civil Society in external relations. They welcome in particular the fact that the document is based on a rights based approach viewing civil society as an asset for any democratic system.

They view this Communication as a departure point that should provide the impetus for a more effective partnership between the EU and civil society in all parts of the world including Europe and that now needs to be translated into concrete and effective terms in the upcoming cooperation instruments and their programming and in the spaces and mechanisms of dialogue to be established at all levels (country, regional, European, global).

THE STRUCTURED DIALOGUE WITH THE EU FOR AN EFFICIENT PARTNERSHIP IN DEVELOPMENT

After the publication in the course of 2009 of 3 reports providing a broad based evaluation of relationships and cooperation between the European Commission and non-state actors, the European Commission took the initiative of organising a structured dialogue between the EU institutions and civil society and local authorities with the aims of:

1. Building consensus on the main issues to be addressed concerning the role of CSOs & LAs in development cooperation and,

2. Finding ways to improve the effectiveness of CSO & LA involvement in EC cooperation, to advance and strengthen partnerships and adapt EC strategies and modalities accordingly.

The discussion is organised around 3 main themes to be debated in 3 working groups.The process was launched on 23 March 2010 and will close with a conference to take place in Spring 2011.

Theme 1: Role of CSO and local authorities in external cooperation

Theme 2: complementarity and coherence within the Accra Agenda of Action on Aid effectiveness

Theme 3: EC aid delivery mechanisms

For more information and background documents, consult the Structured dialogue website

APRODEV and other NGDOs' papers

 

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Other documents on civil society participation in EU development policies and programmes

See also documents relating to Civil Society Participation in the Cotonou Agreement here.