About TRIALOG: Over 12 Years of Support for Development Cooperation
TRIALOG started in 2000 to support civil society organisations (CSOs) in the enlarged EU that were active or interested in development cooperation and development education. Over the last 15 years, TRIALOG has accompanied all 13 new EU member states (EU13) through the creation of national development CSO platforms. TRIALOG has supported the establishment of policy dialogue on development at national level and the engagement of EU13 CSOs at EU level.
TRIALOG V started on 1 October 2012 with a project duration of three years. Since the beginning of TRIALOG in 2000 a lot has changed within the scope, mandate and target group of the project. Most of the 13 countries that have joined the EU since then were receiver countries of Official Development Assistance until they joined the EU and had to create development cooperation structures, policies and programmes from scratch. To support this process, TRIALOG has been leading activities in different fields including capacity building, information distribution, policy support, networking and advocacy on national and European level.
The situation is different now that all EU13 countries have national platforms that are members of CONCORD, but there are still huge challenges to face in all EU13 mainly related to financial and human resources, expertise in policy and advocacy and their role as “new” donors. TRIALOG’s role has changed towards an accompanying supporter by networking, giving advice, providing good examples, organising exchange and study visits and offering specialised capacity building. For the first time, 12 national platforms and a leading organisation of the platform building in Croatia are partners in the TRIALOG project.
In 2015 TRIALOG engages in the following work areas in addition to other project activities:
(-) Supporting EU13 national development CSO platforms in engagement in defining the new CONCORD multi-annual strategy 2016-2020
(-) Exploring options for future collaboration among the EU13 development CSO platforms after the finalization of the TRIALOG project in September 2015
(-) 2015 is the European Year for Development. TRIALOG is engaged supporting the initiative by e.g. publishing the Policy Digest on European Year for Development and participating in and contributing to the CONCORD-led European Year for development project activities.
TRIALOG Information Leaflet available here (pdf).