Study Visit 2014
3-6 March 2014 - Brussels
In this year’s Study Visit to Brussels the representatives of EU13 development CSOs learned about the main actors in European development policy-making and the role of CSOs in the process. The focus topic was development effectiveness.
Every year, TRIALOG organises study visits for civil society representatives from national development CSO platforms and members of these platforms from EU13 (EU member states that joined the EU since 2004). The study visits increase participants’ knowledge on European development policy-making, on a specific focus topic, and facilitate their contact with representatives of relevant organisations, institutions and bodies based in Brussels.
This year from 3 to 6 March, TRIALOG welcomed 17 civil society representatives in Brussels to take part in the study visit with a focus on development effectiveness in view of the upcoming High-Level Ministerial Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC).
The intensive agenda included meetings with CSO representatives based in Brussels, such as CONCORD and the Belgian national NGDO platforms CNDC-11.11.11 and ACODEV. Participants learned about the advocacy actions of these organisations concerning development effectiveness and the way CSOs work on increasing their own effectiveness.
Participants met representatives of most EU institutions working on development cooperation. The study group had meetings with representatives of the Secretariat of the European Parliament Development Committee, DG Development Cooperation – EuropeAid of the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European External Action Service. Meetings with Latvian, Greek and Polish Permanent Representations to the EU took place in order to learn about the Council of the European Union and its role in EU development policy-making.
This wide array of speakers allowed participants to understand different institutional positions, perspectives, insights and opinions on the topic of development effectiveness and development cooperation in general. Moreover, a diverse range of topics was addressed during the study visit, including the HLM in Mexico, transparency, joint programming, development effectiveness concepts, CSO development effectiveness, the Eastern Partnership, aid effectiveness and Official Development Assistance.
In addition, TRIALOG actively encouraged the participants in the study visit to be proactive and schedule individual meetings with their national Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) or other representatives. Tis proved to be a success, as, all in all, 20 meetings were scheduled by the participants with MEPs, MEP assistants, representatives of the Permanent Representations and the European Commission.
During the evaluation session, participants were encouraged to draft a plan of how they would take forward their Brussels experience and share what they had learned with colleagues in their organisations, national platforms, as well as other stakeholders in their countries. We look forward to hearing about the roundtables, training events and gatherings that will ensure this experience benefits as many people as possible.
For more information, please contact Mirjam Sutrop
- Preparation Meetings, TRIALOG
- Development Effectiveness Concepts, Zuzana Sladkova, CONCORD
- CSO Development Effectiveness, Denis Dubuisson, ACODEV
- Joint Programming, Michael Kirosingh, DEVCO
- European Economic and Social Committee
- Development effectiveness through HLM, Rachel De Plaen, CNCD-11.11.11