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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.

Season's Greetings from Bente Consulting

2014 has been an amazing year with a lot of exiting assignments carried out in collaboration with inspiring and competent people. 2014 was busy throughout – with much travel during the first half and home-based assignments during the second half. 2014 was also the year where Bente Consulting moved office – leaving the urban business center at Blågårds Plads in Copenhagen in exchange for excellent facilities in the new corporate headquarters at Agersø Island.

The year started on a cold note in Chin State in Northern Myanmar with 4 weeks field work in mountain villages, collecting data for the preparation of a Local Social Plan (LSP). This assignment was carried out with a team of national and international consultants and as part of the major task of preparing input to the Chin State 5-years development plan. The work included another visit to Chin State in March with a stakeholders’ workshop and was followed by compilation of the LSP and a draft methodology guidance note for UNICEF.

2014 also brought two visits to Tanzania – first as part of the Appraisal Team for the new Danish Country Program, and second as part of the field work for the technical review of the LO/FTF Council – the latter which also included visits to Rwanda and Morocco. A short visit to Mozambique on an institutional review of the Citizens’ Engagement Program took place in August.

Home-based work has included the design of a monitoring plan and LogFrame for the Danish Association of the Blind; the revision of a program document for the MENA Department of Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; screening and assessment of applications for Globalt Fokus’ (Danish NGO Platform) capacity development grant committee; and an intensive assessment process of Danish framework NGOs’ reports based on Danida's newly introduced resource allocation model.

Thank you to all of you for a successful and professionally rewarding 2014!
I am confident that 2015 will bring more fruitful collaboration!

2015 looks promising and will start in Mozambique with a major assignment for the EU Delegation – a mapping study of civil society organizations, which includes two extensive periods of field work.

The illustration is provided by Fotini Tikkou. Find more about her work

CSO mapping in Mozambique for EU

The EU Delegation in Mozambique will undertake a mapping of Civil Society Organizations as part of the prepration of a Roadmap for civil society programs and the coming 11th EDF. The team consists of two international and three national consultants. Bente Topsøe-Jensen will be the team leader, responsible for the development of an appropriate methodology and compilation of a bibliography on CSOs in Mozambique, the context analysis and the presentation of operational recommendations. The assignment started on 17.12.2014 and runs untill September 2015 with an overall input of 75 working days, of which most will be spent in Mozambique during two extended field work periods. Field work will include participatory workshops at provincial level and cover all provinces in the country.

Local Social Plan for Chin State

The Local Social Plan for Chin State in Myanmar has been finalized and submitted to UNICEF in October 2014. It is a policy document supporting Chin State's Comprehensive 5-year Development Plan and Annual Planning for 2016-2021. The LSP is based on extensive field Work in all townships in Chin State carried out in January and March 2014 by a multi-disciplinary team with focus on Social Protection. Bente Consulting provided the team leader and was responsible for the writing and compilation of the report.

See the full report as attachment.

MENA Programme Document

Bente Consulting was hired by the MENA Department at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to re-write the programme document for the 2015 Danish Arab Partnership Programme to ensure compliance with Danida Aid Management Guidelines. 1 week, November 2014.


Read more about the Danish Arab Partnership Programme here.

Grant assessment consultant

Bente Consulting has been contracted by the Danish NGO platform Globalt Fokus to screen and assess applications from Danish NGOs for the capacity Building fund. The assignment involves two annual reounds of applications (April and October). 2014-15.

Read more about the grant Facility and Globalt Fokus here

Assessment of Danish NGOs

Bente Consulting ApS will participate in the first round of assessments of Danish NGOs based on the Ressource Allocation Model (RAM) recently adopted by Danida. The first round of assessments include 11 organizations: 3F, Action Aid Denmark (MS), ADRA, CARE Denmark, DanChurchAid (FKN), Danish Handicap Organizations (DH), Danish Red Cross, Forests of the World, IBIS, the LO/FTF Council (ULS), and Save the Children Denmark (RB). The assessment will be based on the 2013-reports and 2015 plans to be submitted by the organizations on 15th September and include 24 standards (parameters) related to Strategic Planning, Results Reporting, Strategic Financing for Sustainability, and the Role as Danish Civil Society organization. August - December 2014, 20 working days.

Citizens Engagement Program (CEP)

CEP - Citizens Engagement Program / Cidadania e Participação - in Mozambique has requested the services of Bente Consulting for the functional analysis review, which will take place in August 2014. The review will include a questionnaire survey among the CEP implementing partners and a workshop in Maputo. The review will focus on implementation mechanisms and collaboration between implementing partners, as well as value for money with the aim of presenting recommendations for improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the implementing consortium.


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