Development cooperation in a Changing World: Policy input to Post-2015 International Development Agenda Sеtting

June 13, 2013

The Center for Economic Development  (CED) is hosting this June 20-21  international conference in Sofia on trends in Official Development Aid (ODA) among new EU member-states. The event is part of a multi-NGO project that includes PASOS and seven members of the think-tank network.

Representatives from the project partners will present and discuss case studies from their respective 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 event is part of “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 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.

Following is the conference agenda, which can also be downloaded here.

International conference: “Development cooperation in a Changing World: Policy input to Post-2015 International Development Agenda Sеtting

Supported by the ECNon-State Actors and Local Authorities

in Development programme related to coordination, cooperation and networking activities among European organisations

Sofia Hotel Balkan

AGENDA

Day 1 – June 20, 2013

9.30 – 10.00

Welcome coffee and participants’ registration

10.00 – 11.00

Opening ceremony: The new architecture for effective development cooperation – revisit of the universal mandate for development (Millennium Declaration), post MDGs agenda plans and the role of key development actors to date.

Moderator G. Prohasky – CED, Chairman, Board of Trustees

Christian Vigenin, Minister, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria (introductory speech as official conference patron) (invited)

11.00 – 12.00 Private sector and CSOs as development actors: recent trends and new challenges

BULGARIAN PLATFORM FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Common conclusions and solutions:Trade regimes with recipients of ODA, role of civil society and private sector – David Kral – PASOS

Discussion:

  1. Should the CEE countries further reduce the number of geographical as well as thematic priorities in line with the concentration principle? Should their focus the development activities more on the least developed countries rather than on the “traditional” areas of interest, such as the Balkans or Eastern Europe? Can anything else be done in terms of better co-ordination / division of labour where geographic and thematic priorities of CEE countries overlap?

  2. What can be done in terms of enhancing public understanding of development co-operation among both the CEE policymakers and broader public?

  3. How should both the private for-profit entities as well as CSOs increase their capacity to compete in EU and internationally funded projects?

12.00 – 13.00

Lunch

13.00 – 16.00

The Official Development assistance and the new member states – Trade regimes with recipients of ODA, Aid for Trade: Challenges and Future Trends

Panel Discussion moderated by Maria Prohaska, Project Coordinator, Center for Economic Development

Case studies from new EU member states – Project participants outline the main conclusions and recommendations in the respective countries (CED-Bulgaria, IPP-Romania, SLOGA-Slovenia, CPS-Hungary, PASOS-Czech Republic, PROVIDUS-Latvia, PRAXIS-Estonia, SFPA-Slovakia, IPA-Poland) – 10-15 min/country

Discussion:How to ensure the sustainability and follow-up of commercial projects in the recipient countries?

Can anything be done in Trade regimes and aid for trade

  • general patterns of trade with ODA recipient countries: any correlations between aid provision and trade volumes?
  • How to decouple export support from the aid for trade activities?

 

Q&A

Day 2 – June 21, 2013

9.30 -12.00

The Official Development assistance and the new member states – Civil society sector as development actor: what future after 2015?

Panel Discussion moderated by Maria Prohaska, Project Coordinator, Center for Economic Development

Case studies from new EU member states – Project participants outline the main conclusions and recommendations in the respective countries (CED-Bulgaria, IPP-Romania, SLOGA-Slovenia, CPS-Hungary, PASOS-Czech Republic, PROVIDUS-Latvia, PRAXIS-Estonia, SFPA-Slovakia, IPA-Poland) – 5-7 min/country

Discussion:Civil society as a development actor

 

  • how to increase the capacity of NGDOs to compete for international and EU projects?
  • How to engage the CEE CSOs more effectively in the formulation of the major policy documents relating to development co-operation?
  • How to break the vicious circle of underfunding, high staff fluctuation and general apathy of CEE public and policy makers in development co-operation issues?

Q&A

12.00-12.30 Coffee break

12.30-14.30

The Official Development assistance and the new member states – Private sector as development actor: challenges and achievements

Panel Discussion moderated by Anelia Damianova, Senior Researcher, Center for Economic Development

Case studies from new EU member states – Project participants outline the main conclusions and recommendations in the respective countries (CED-Bulgaria, IPP-Romania, SLOGA-Slovenia, CPS-Hungary, PASOS-Czech Republic, PROVIDUS-Latvia, PRAXIS-Estonia, SFPA-Slovakia, IPA-Poland) – 5-7 min/country

Discussion:Private sector as a development actor

  • how to increase private sector’s interest in development co-operation – best practices
  • how to ensure the commercial follow-up of development projects in a situation with a multitude of donors
  • can anything be done in terms of increasing private sector’s financial participation in development co-operation of CEE countries?
  • How to enhance CEE private sector’s capacity to bid in international development tenders?

Q&A

14.30-15.30 Lunch

15.30-16.30

Lessons learned and follow up

Maria Prohaska, CED; Jeff Lovitt, PASOS: Conclusions and future policy agendas. Future PASOS projects

 

 

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