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Advocacy training and advocacy strategy formulation (Mali)

Bente Consulting is contracted to support BØRNEfonden's partner organization ASDAP (Association de Soutienau Développement des Activités du Population) in Mali with advocacy training and preparation of a national level advocacy strategy and plan. The advocacy strategy is part of a three-year project addressing Female Genital Mutilation in Mali. The assignment includes the preparation of a 5-days training workshop to be held in Lomé (Togo) from 20-24 February 2017. Read more about ASDAP here.

 

CSR - initiatives in 2016

The 2016 CSR-initiatives were relatively limited and included:   

  1. CO2 compensation for extensive air travelling throughoutthe year - a total of approximately 140,000 km =3½ times around the World, which equals a contributoin of DKK4,900 to BirdLife Denmark's (DOF) reforestation programs.
  2. Contribution to film project in Bangladesh. Bente Consulting ApS has supported the fundraising for the completion of a Documentary Film "Seemantorekha" (The Borderline) by Tanvir Mokammel in Bangladesh. Tanvir is a friend since 1980 - always dedicated to documenting social injustice through film and litterature. USD 150.
  3. Monthly contributions to Amnesty International, DKK 900.
  4. Support to Danish Association of the Physical Disabled's local chapter's Christmas publication, DKK 250.

Best wishes for 2017

2016 has been a year characterized by major changes in two of the major business areas of Bente Consulting: support to civil society development through Danish NGOs and the upcoming closing of the Danish Embassy in Mozambique.  This has called for forward looking strategic choices in terms of new geographical areas and new clients. In spite of this, 2016 has been characterized by a mixture of old and new fields of work and the main tasks have concentrated on:

Civil society and organizational capacity development – unfolded through a Thematic Review of the Danish trade union 3F for Danida with field visits to Zambia and South Africa; mid-term-evaluation of Norwegian People Aid’s support to farmers’ organizations in Mozambique, and review of the Danish Association of the Blind’s Asia-Pacific Program with a workshop in the Philippines. And finally, the part-time position as grant assessment consultant for Globalt Fokus’ capacity development fund, has provided insight knowledge on Danish CSOs and innovative initiatives on organizational capacity building. I have, however, decided to leave Globalt Fokus, as the schedule is often incompatible with my other assignments. 

Governance and Human Rights – finalizing the formulation of the Danish Governance and Human Rights Program in Tanzania, including the preparation of Development Engagements with seven local CSOs, development programs and institutions. Youth rights were the main focus for the appraisal of BØRNEfonden’s Youth Program in West Africa carried out at a participatory workshop in Lomé with particioants from Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Togo.

Program management – represented through two separate, yet interlinked assignments: A Lessons Learned Study for the Environmental Sector Program Support (institutional capacity component) in Mozambique, gathering lessons learned on program management and capacity development of involved government institutions; and the preparation of a perspective document on a possible Phase II of the Municipal Development Program in Mozambique. Both programs are components under the overall Danish engagement in the environmental sector in Mozambique.

Mozambique – going from bad to worse with looming civil war, economic crisis caused by the former government’s clandestine loans, political killings, increased corruption and inflation. In spite of 40+ years of independence and massive development assistance, poverty is still prevailing and little has changed for the small farmers, who are still demanding access to markets, technical know-how and farm input supplies. They have a mobile phone and easier access – but the basics in terms of education, health and social welfare bear a terrible resemblance with the 1992-situation I know so well from Zambézia Province.

At the doorstep of 2017, the first new assignment is a result of expanding into new business areas – francophone West Africa: Preparation of an advocacy training workshop with ASDAP BØRNEfonden’s Mali partner to take place in Lomé (Togo) in February. The ESPS II Lessons Learned Study will be finalized by end of January when comments from the Mozambican ministry of environment (MITADER) are due.  

Bonne Année - Feliz Ano Novo - Happy New Year – Godt Nytår!

ESPS II - Lessons Learned & Visibility Study

The Environmental Sector Program Support phase II in Mozambique is coming to an end by 2017, and Bente Consulting ApS has been contracted by the implementing consultant NIRAS to undertake a Lessons Learned & Visibility Study. The study focuses on capturing lessons learned related to program implementation (alignment, financial management, planning, monitoring and integration of climate change agenda). The study will also incorporate lessons learned captured by on going technical studies on Mangrove Restoration and Water Resources. The study will be presented at a seminar in Maputo on 7th December 2016. Read about the ESPS here.

PRODEM - focus for Phase 2

Bente Consulting ApS has prepared a zero-draft paper on possible focus for the Phase 2 of PRODEM (municipal development program) in Mozambique. This is the second assignment for PRODEM (implemented by COWI) which will be concluded by end November 2016 with a draft paper on the perspectives for focus of Phase 2 (2018-19). The zero-draft has focused on issues related to the implementation strategy, capacity building of municipalities, citizens' engagement and social accountability mechanisms, as well as the role of technical assistance. Read more about PRODEM here.

Appraisal of BØRNEfonden's Youth Program in West Africa

Bente Consulting is contracted by CISU to undertake an appraisal of BØRNEfonden's program proposal for a youth program in West Africa (Togo, Mali, Benin and Burkina Faso). The youth program focus on SRHR and socio-economic rights and will be implemented through national youth organizations. The appraisal takes place in July 2016 and includes a week's field work in Togo to meet the partners and interview the Togolese partner organization's (JVC) member associations. Read more about BØRENfonden here.

The program was approved by CISU and BØRNEfonden can start implementing from 2017.

NPA mid-term evaluation in Mozambique

The mid-term evaluation of Norwegian People's Aid's NPA program in Mozambique focused on all aspects of the program to determine success of the partnership on implementation of the program two years after the project commenced. It looked at rationality points of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, alignment and assessed achieved results based on the plans, reports, results and baseline study. The NPA program supports the capacity of the national peasants’' organization (UNAC), provincial delegations in Tete (UPCT) and Cabo Delgado (UCP) and their affiliated associations, as well as the national land rights organization (ORAM) and its provincial delegations in Manica and Niassa. Field visits were carried out in Tete and Cabo Delgado. Bente Consulting was contracted by NIRAS to undertake the mid-term evaluation. Read more about NPA's work here.

Thematic review of 3F trade union program

The United Federation of Danish Workers - 3F - is the biggest trade union in Denmark. Its international work aims at securing decent working and living condition in well-regulated labor markets where workers fundamental rights are respected. 3F has received funding from Danida since the 1980es for the international work of strengthening unions’ capacity to organize, activate and safeguard the interests of workers in a number of development countries. Danida has commissioned Bente Consulting to undertake a review of 3F’s international strategy with focus on partnerships and effectiveness. The review will take place in April-July 2016 and includes a field mission to Zambia and South Africa. Two external consultants are subcontracted to ensure strong trade union capacity and knowledge of the local labor market in Zambia. Read more abou’s international work here.   

                                                                                                                                   

 

 

Review of Danish Association of the Blind's Asia-Pacific project

In March - May 2016, Bente Consulting will undertake a review of the Danish Association of the Blind's (DAB) Asia Pacific project. DAB supports three national partner organizations (MNFB - Mongolia National Federation of the Blind; LAB - Lao Association of the Blind; and MNAB - Myanmar National Association of the Blind) and the regional network organization (WBUAP - World Blind Association Asia Pacific) in terms of organizational development, claiming and realizing rights, and basic skills and empowerment. The project runs from October 2014 to September 2017 and it is time for a midterm review (MTR) with focus on outcome reporting against established indicators. The MTR is based on document review, skype interviews with project partners and a workshop for discussion of preliminary findings in Manila, the Philippines by the end of April. The contract is based on previous collaboration with DAB in 2014, where Bente Consulting did the evaluation of the second phase of the Asia-Pacific project and capacity assessment of MNAB prior to establishment of a partnership with DAB. Find more information in Danish about DAB and the AP-project here.

  

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