Conference: Are we on the right Track?
May 14-16, 2008 - Prague
Paradigm Review by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) as Development Actors: a TRIALOG-CONCORD Conference
TRIALOG and CONCORD in cooperation with the Czech NGDO platform FoRS and the Ecumenical Academy Prague invited to this conference in Prague.
OBJECTIVES of the Conference
- To serve as a forum of civil society actors from the West, East and South: from the 15 old EU member states, from the 12 new EU member states, and from developing countries in the South (Africa, Latin America, Asia) and East (Eastern EU neighbourhood).
- To present an insight into the specific contexts and environments of CSOs in the field of development.
- To challenge current development approaches and paradigms.
- To find the most promising development approaches.
This conference provided a basis for a second conference in 2009 in Nicaragua.
Download the conference report (pdf).
View the conference programme.
View the List of participants.
For background information (invitation letter, objectives, workshops) click here.
Read the TIS Article "Prague Conference discussed development paradigms and alternatives"
Welcome and introduction by the organizers
Christine Bedoya, TRIALOG: Opening and welcome
Jiri Silny, Ecumenical Academy Prague: Exchange on expectations, identification and understanding of development paradigms
Justin Kilcullen, CONCORD: Introduction
Simon Panek, FoRS: Introduction
Download information on the speakers.
How do CSOs from the South and East see the prevailing paradigms for development and what kind of development are they hoping for?
Chico Whitaker, Brazil - World Social Forum International Council: Minutes of his presentation.
Rebecca Tanui, Kenya - BEACON: Text of her presentation.
T. Rajamoorthy, Malaysia - Thirld World Network: Text of his presentation.
Olga Ponizova, Russia - Eco-Accord: Text of her presentation.
Paradigms, Policies & Partnerships:
Where does EU development policy leave NGOs?
James Mackie, The Netherlands - ECDPM: Text of his presentation.
Responses from European NGOs to the challenges pointed out by CSOs from the South and East
Duncan Green, Great Britain - Oxfam GB: Minutes of his presentation
Hildegard Hagemann, Germany - VENRO, Justitia et Pax: Minutes of her presentation
Petr Lebeda, Czech Republic - Glopolis: Text of his presentation
Eva Marn, Slovenia - Humanitas: Minutes of her presentation
Panel discussion on the key findings - with Hildegard Hagemann, Chico Whitaker, Rebecca Tanui and T. Rajamoorthy: Minutes
For more information on the 6 workshops, click here.
Open the floor to the plenary:
New development paradigms? Which way forward?
What steps should be taken before the next conference?
Closing of the conference
by Christine Bedoya, TRIALOG, and
Jiri Sily, Ecumenical Academy Prague: Minutes