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Documentation of the TRIALOG Study Visit on "Expert Sending"


The TRIALOG study visit from March 2-8, 2008 was an opportunity for development NGOs from new EU member states (NMS) to visit German and Austrian Expert Sending Organisations.


The group visited 3 NGOs and met international experts.


The participants represented NGOs which are in the process of founding a department of development workers/expert-sending within their organisation. 2 representatives of the Latvian and Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also taking part. The 12 participants came from Cyprus, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.


In each organisation the participants were informed about the advertisement of open positions, the selection process of possible candidates (so called experts or development workers), the preparation before the stay abroad and the monitoring of these missions. Additionally, the legal context in different countries and social security aspects - e.g how to deal with political or natural crisis situations - was looked at on an organizational and individual level.


View the agenda of the Study Visit.



Read an article by Valentin Burada, Civil Society Development Foundation, Romania, about his impressions from the Study Visit (from TRIALOG Information Service).



Documentation of the presentations



March 3-4, 2008: AGEH, Cologne


Definitions of "Expert-Sending", by Michael Steeb, AGEH Director

European and non-European Expert-sending systems, by Cliff Allum, President - International Forum on Development Service


Project Design, Clarification of Expectations, by Ludger Reining, Project Desk Personnel in Southern and Eastern Africa


Monitoring and backing up of the missions of AGEH development workers, by Ludger Reining, Project Desk Personnel in Southern and Eastern Africa


Social Security: Tackling personal and political crises, by Hans Nirschl, Department Manager Human Resource Development


Social Security: AGEH DocumentBehaviour in crisis situations/Verhalten in Krisenfaellen (in German)



March 5, 2008: DED, Bonn




Introduction to DED, by Guenter Koensgen, Deputy Director and Karl Ahlers


"Weltwaerts" ("Towards the World") - a very new programme for young adults, by Karin Schueler, Programme Coordinator


Recruiting Process and Selection Process, by Angela Kalsdorf and Gudula Hancock, Persons in Charge


Social Security: Crisis Management, by Karl Heinz Siekmann, Head of Unit Near East/Central Asia


Impact oriented Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, by Lioba Abbenante, Person in Charge


Programming and Controlling of Country Programmes, by Karl Heinz Siekmann, Head of Unit Near East/Central Asia





March 6, 2008: HORIZONT3000, Vienna



Social Security: Austrian regulations and the Austrian Development Workers' Act - a comparison at European level, by Gerda Gaertner, HORIZONT3000 Personnel Finance Officer


Foreign Travel Insurance, by Manuela Klepatsch, HORIZONT3000 Human Resource Recruiting Officer



March 6, 2008: Roundtable on European "Experts" in Development Cooperation




Click HERE for the documentation and photos of the roundtable discussion in Vienna.




Visit the photo gallery of the study visit.

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