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EC assignment on Promoting civil society participation in domestic policy and budget processes.

With the purpose of producing a guidance document on how to assess and promote the participation of civil society in domestic policy and budget processes, Bente Consulting ApS has been contracted by DEVCO B2 at the European Commission. The assignment includes the elaboration of an easy-access guidance document for civil society focal points (FP) at the EC Delegations and organization of a training session for the FPs. In addition, the work-in-progress will be presented at an informal donor meeting in Brussels in June 2013, where also main conclusions from the recent Civil Society Engagement in Policy Dialogue-evaluation will be presented for in-depth discussions. The assignment runs from 24 May to 31 July 2013.

CSO funding mechanisms

CISU (Civilsamfund i Udvikling / Civil Society in Development) on behalf of Fagligt Fokus has kindly provided me with time (2 weeks) to prepare a Discussion Paper on South funding and capacity building for advocacy. It has been interesting and a great inspiration to read the latest litterature - and mirror my own experience. The Discussion Paper will be presented at a seminar in Copenhagen on May 6, 2013. See here for more information and registration.

Anthropology in Practice - expert panel

The Department of Anthropology, Copenhagen University has invited Bente Consulting to participate in an expert panel at the course on "Anthropology in Practice - International Consultancy". Based on own expereince with international consultancies, the two-persons expert panel will provide feedback and inspirational input to 6 groups of students presenting papers. May 2013. 

CARE advocacy - facilitation

Facilitation of a one-day workshop on Advocacy at CARE Denmark's annual Programme Coordination Meeting. Focus on creating a common understanding of the strategic choice to do "local to global advocacy" and the formulation of policy positions of country programs. May 2013.

Danida Development Days 2013

Bente Consulting ApS is contrated by Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contribute to the development, planning and organization of 3 sessions at the Danida Development Days 28-29 May 2013:

  • Rights in Development (Human Rights Based Approach theme note)
  • The politcal economy of Rights (Human Rights Based Approach theme note)
  • Accountability and Transparency - the role of Parliaments and Media

For registration and more information on Danida Development Days see here.

Support to DIHR

Bente Consulting ApS is contracted as a sparring partner for the Danish Institute for Human Rights for the finalization of their 2013 application to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The sparring comprises refinement of the indicator framework, as well as strategic coherence in relation to DIHR's core competence areas and geographical focus. It is an interactive and dialogue-based short-term process during April 2013.

Input to evaluation of CNCS in Mozambique

During March-May 2013, Bente Consulting ApS will provide
input to the team from COWI Mozambique on CNCS Mozambique
methodology and approach for the joint annual evaluation
(ACA) of the national HIV/AIDS response in Mozambique.

See more about CNCS (National Aids Council) here.

Civil Society Engagement in Policy Dialogue

Evaluation of Civil Society Engagement in Policy Dialogue.

The evaluation reports - synthesis and country studies from Bangladesh, Mozambique and Uganda - from the joint multi-country evaluation of Civil Society Engagement in Policy Dialogue are now available at Danida's website.

The Mozambique country study is available in English and Portuguese.

CO2 compensation - part of CSR

Air travel is part of the everyday life for a development consultant - with increased CO2 emission as a sad consequence. Bente Consulting compensates for this through contribution to DOF (Danish Ornithologist Association). DOF - in collaboration with BirdLife International, WWF and Wetlands International invests in areas with high potential for CO2-absorption and birdlife protection.  In 2012, the distance travelled by air was 105.209 km = approx. 21 t CO2 emission, which was compensated by DKK 3,600. Read more about CO2 compensation in DOF (in Danish).

 

  

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