CED leads multi-NGO project on EU development aid
News Source: PASOS Secretariat, Czech Republic
The Center for Economic Development (CED) in Bulgaria is heading a coalition of nine NGOs, including the PASOS Secretariat and six other PASOS members, working on a project sponsored by the European Commission that examines how new EU member states contribute to development efforts in third countries.
The other PASOS members partnering on the project are the Center for Policy Studies at the Central European University (Hungary) ; the Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS (Latvia); the Institute of Public Affairs (Poland); the Institute for Public Policy (Romania); the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (Slovakia); and the PRAXIS Center for Policy Studies (Estonia). SLOGA Slovenian NGDO platform (Slovenia) is also a partner in the project. In addition, the EUROPEUM Institute for European Studies, a PASOS member in Prague, is assisting the PASOS Secretariat on the Czech aspects of the project.
The project is called “Update of the current status of implementation of international/bilateral trade regimes with ODA recipients and the current role of civil society and private sectors as development actors in the new EU Member states.”
The project’s overall objective is to build transnational alliances between new EU member states intended to capitalize and disseminate their best network and advocacy practices on the occasion of the existent international trade systems with ODA (“official development assistance”) recipients and the role of private and civil society sectors as development actors. The specific objectives of the project are as follows:
To analyze the level of progress of the MDG 8 (target 8a) implementation.
To examine the status of application of articles 13, 16 and 20 of the Accra Agenda for Action.
To boost the awareness and confidence building towards the network capacities of the policy oriented civil society organizations to contribute to the development effectiveness.
Activities associated with the 18-month project include workshops; policy research; the publication of policy briefs; an international advocacy event; the creation of 27 national task forces; and the publication and distribution of three publications with all research findings, conclusions and recommendations.