Why is TRIALOG ending? Will there be a space for EU13 development CSOs to be supported after the project? What will happen with the experience gathered throughout the project? Get an overview on this page.
Why is TRIALOG ending?
TRIALOG is a project that was developed in the year 2000 to address the upcoming situation of 10 new European Union member states with new responsibilities in many areas, including development cooperation.The project aimed to support civil society organisations to work together more effectively, form national platforms where there were none, and integrate into the European system of development policy and practice.
Fifteen years on, all 13 of the countries that have joined the EU since 2004 have national platforms that are members of CONCORD, the European confederation. There are murmurs of discontent from organisations in countries that no longer consider themselves ‘new’ and even the term ‘EU13’ prompts backlash from those who consider themselves more properly identified as one of the EU28.
TRIALOG is a project that has served its purpose – achieved many of its objectives and established a community of partners who will continue to work together long after the project ends.
This is not to say that the kind of support that TRIALOG has provided over the years would not be welcomed if it could be continued in some of the partner countries, and indeed others around the EU. That is why we have worked with CONCORD, through the members, to ensure the new strategy safeguards as many areas as possible where TRIALOG work will be missed. Space for member exchange and peer learning is a large part of the new strategy, and will take forward many lessons learned through TRIALOG’s fifteen year experience (collected together in our systematisation process).
Our tools have been written down and can be consulted through CONCORDNet.
We also hope to share this experience with partners in the Western Balkans in the future.
Thanks from the TRIALOG team must go to all those who have supported and actively participated in TRIALOG’s work over the past fifteen years. We look forward to our paths crossing again in the future.
14 September 2015, Vienna
Two weeks before closing fifteen years of the project, the TRIALOG team, lead agency HORIZONT3000 and CONCORD brought together partners and friends to celebrate their joint success.
Capturing the History of TRIALOG
Within TRIALOG, a body of valuable experience has been established since the start of the first project phase in 2000, in terms of development CSO platform building, European integration and capacity building. TRIALOG captured this knowledge and made it available for others, especially those going through similar processes in the future. In order to grasp the vast experience TRIALOG chose a participative method which has already been successfully implemented by the Austrian lead agency HORIZONT3000 and its member organisations in the Global South: Systematisation.
The outcomes can be found in the booklet and video "TRIALOG in the Enlarged EU"