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Happy New Year 2016

Looking back on 2015…..

2015 has been a busy and interesting year for Bente Consulting. First of all, the company has celebrated its 5 years anniversary – a milestone, considering that it has been five good years with a string of interesting and challenging assignments. Second because the year represents a breakthrough in relation to diversification of the client base with assignments for the EU, NORAD, the Danish NGO platform Globalt Focus, as well as the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Not to forget contracts with private companies: Altair, COWI and NIRAS.

Civil society and good governance is still the key note for assignments, of which the mapping study of civil society organizations in Mozambique for the EU has represented the major part of this year’s work – an enormous effort in collaboration with an excellent team of four consultants, starting in December 2014 and ending in September 2015. 2015 also added new experience on work with exile Syrian CSOs based in Turkey to the record. Mozambique was again on the map in October and November with two different jobs – elaboration of an Investment Manual for the COWI-implemented municipal development program (PRODEM) and a mid-term review for NIRAS of the NORAD-financed conservation agriculture program (PROMAC). Two rounds of screening of applications for Globalt Fokus’ fund for Danish NGOs’ capacity building initiatives have provided an interesting insight in the diversity of small and major Danish development organizations. And finally, the last assignment which will bridge into 2016: formulation of a new Danish Good Governance & Human Rights program in Tanzania.

In spite of the somber perspectives for financing of development programs, 2016 so far seems to continue on a positive note in terms of jobs………………let’s hope for continued employment!

Happy New Year to all of you – and thank you for great collaboration!!

Formulation of Good Governance & Human Rights program in Tanzania

Bente Consulting ApS in collaboration with Rightshouse has been contracted to undertake the formulation of the Good Governance & Human Rights program under the Danish Tanzania Country Program. The formuation builds on previous experience in the field of good governece and focusses on the demand side of governance - i.e. support to various non-state institutions and organizations. The program will have a string focus on women's rights and empowerment and be supplementary to the other components of the country program - helath, business ssector and general budget support. The overall budget for the GGHR program is DKK 250 million over 5 years.

CLUSA mid-term review in Mozambique

Bente Consulting ApS will undertake a mid-term review if the NORAD-financed support to CLUSA programme, which supports small scale farmers in Mozambique. The program aims at enhancing food security and scale up the adaptation to climate change resilience farming techniques, as well as increase access to farming services and inputs. The MTR will focus on accomplishment of targets during the first 244 months of implementation with a specific attention to inclusion of female farmers and capacity of Farmers' Associations. The MTR will take place in November-December 2015.

The contract for the MTR is held by NIRAS.

PRODEM Investment Manual

Bente Consulting is contracted to develop an Investment Manual for the Municipal Development Program in Mozambique. The manual will become a useful tool for program staff, municipalities and other stakeholders. It addresses procedures for identification, planning, budgeting and implementation of municipal initiatives in the areas of climate change resilience, solid waste management, financial management and citizens' engagement. PRODEM is financed by Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland. It is implemented by COWI A/S and operates in 26 municipalities in North and North-Central Mozambique. The consultancy is undertaken in September-October 2015.

Read more about PRODEM here.

Mapping Study of Civil Society Organizations in Mozambique

After 9 long months, the Mapping Study of Civil Society Organizations in Mozambique undertaken for the EU Delegation in Maputo with a team of five consultants is finally available in Portuguese and English. The study presents a thorough analysis of the political, economic, social and legal context for CSO engagement in policy dialogue and development. It analyses the structure of civil society with the aim of establishing a typology operational for design of support mechanisms. The sustainability of CSOs is analyzed in terms of organizational, political and financial sustainability. The engagement of CSOs in a number of selected sectors is discussed: Good Governance, including budget monitoring and human rights; Sustainable Rural Development, including agriculture, land and forest; Social Services; Cultural Heritage; and Technical Vocational Education and Training. The architecture for support to civil society is addressed through the analysis of a number of support modalities. Finally a set of operational recommendations are presented for CSOs, development partners and government to take up. 

The mapping study was implemented by ALTAIR Asessores.

Download the report in Portuguese or English.

Support to Red Barnet in Syria

The civil war in Syria has many victims, but the media in Europe almost only focusses on refugees coming to our doorstep. The children and families with no possibility to leave the war zone needs help. There are various international organizations providing assistance to internally displaced people in Syria. Bente Consulting ApS has chozen to support Red Barnet (Danish Save the Children) with the modest amount of DKK 3,000. According to Red Barnet, this amount may secure either antibiotics for 300 children, a kit with basic hygiene articles for 10 families, or food for 6 families of 6 persons for 2 weeks.

Review of Baytna Syria

Baytna Syria is a Danida-supported civil society hub operating in Gaziantep in Southern Turkey. Baytna Syria offers a platform for Syrian civil society organizations from Syria, a grant facility and capacity development. Baytna Syria has been established in 2013 and the review looked into the progress and capacity, assessing the need for further support before Baytna Syria can operate independently of Technical Assistance. 12 working days in August-September 2015.

Capacity Assessment of The Day After

Bente Consulting will be undertaking a rapid organizational capacity assessment of The Day After (TDA) which is a  Syrain exile organization operating from Istanbul in Turkey, supporting the preparation of rule of law, transitional justice and reformprocesses in a post-Assad Syria. The capacity assessment will inolve a short visit to Istanbul and focus on strategic coherence. The assignment will take place in June-August 2015. Read more about TDA here.

Encouraging civil society participation

Encouraging civil society participation in policy and budget processes, EU Reference Document elaborated in 2013 by Bente Consulting ApS has finally been published by EU in February 2015.

The purpose of the Reference Document is to provide guidance on how to promote the participation of civil society in domestic policy and budget processes. The Document focuses both on national and local level with a view to identifying entry points for EU support.

Download the report in English or French.

  

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