Latest news - debate on new Danish civil society policy

Bente Consulting ApS has been invited to contribute to the debate on the perspectives for a revised Danish civil society policy in connection with the publication of a recent evaluation of the Danish civil society development strategy. Download the evaluation report here. The debate will be available at in June 2013.

10.06.2013. Read my contribution to the debate: Several evaluations of support to civil society over recent years have come up with more or less the same recommendations, but very little c...hange in the actual implementation and collaboration with local CSOs in the South has taken place. Read more discussion at And read my contribution on the need to listen to the local civil society's voice and demand for i.a. flexible and untied funding, longterm perspectives, knowledge of local context and recogntion of local CSOs' own political agendas

CSR: Supporting Somali Fair Fishing


Somali Fair Fishing is an independent Danish-Somali NGO, which aims to contribute to the stabilization of the country through prevention of piracy and mitigation of unemployment and poverty. Read more about the Somali Fair Fishing initiative is here. Bente Consulting ApS has supported the Somali Fair Fishing initiative with DKK 2.000, corresponding to the fee received for the presentation of a discussion paper on South Funding modalities in Fagligt Fokus on 6th May 2013.


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.


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