Training for local councils and NGOs on development and migration
Maltese development NGO KOPIN will be holding a second training programme for NGOs and local councils on issues related to global poverty and migration, in collaboration with Valletta council and SKOP, the national platform of Maltese development NGOs.
The training will focus on project cycle management and other issues related to global poverty and migration. It will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, St Julian’s, between Tuesday and Thursday.
It is part of a cycle of training and other activities organised within the framework of the international project ‘Mediterranean Development Network’, which is being implemented by NGOs and local authorities in Malta, Cyprus and Greece.
The project is co-financed by Europe Aid and through the co-financing fund for local councils, administered by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Public Dialogue and Information. The project’s coordinator, Dominik Kalweit of KOPIN, said over 50 participants actively took part in the first training session, held over five days last July.
It was officially opened by Parliamentary Secretary Chris Said and the project’s patron, Valletta mayor Alexiei Dingli. It focused on themes, such as the link between development and migration, international and local networking, advocacy, funding opportunities and project development.
Representatives of KOPIN, JRS Malta, Meusac, the Ministry for Justice and Home Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Betsson Ltd and Eurostep, a Brussels-based NGO network provided lectures and facilitated workshops.
The second training session will be open to 20 participants per day and is free of charge. Eligibility is open for representatives of both NGOs and local councils. Booking in advance is necessary.
For more information, call Dominik Kalweit on 2131 5562 or email@example.com.
STOPoverty launches MDG campaign
The Maltese millenium development goal (MDG) campaign, STOPoverty (Neqirdu l-Faqar) is taking part in the side events organised in New York before the UN summit in New York between September 20 and 22.
Several other non-governmental organisations will be taking part in these events including the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) to push for the eradication of poverty, hunger, disease and preventable deaths by 2015.
STOPoverty is also collaborating with CAMYouths in their local campaign. They aim to raise awareness about the MDGs amongst young people and plan to run a political campaign throughout September and October in a bid to increase media coverage for issues related to these targets, as well as bringing the issue of MDGs to the public eye.
The event is taking place under the patronage of the United Nations Regional Information Centre.
THE WORLD WE WANT 2015
With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September to accelerate progress towards the MDGsTHE WORLD WE WANT 2015. Il 10 settembre 2010 l’organizzazione STOPoverty in collaborazione con CAMYouths organizza la Campagna Maltese per gli Obiettivi di Sviluppo del Millennio - The Maltese MDGs Campaign. Questa attività riunirà 150 ragazzi, con l’obiettivo di incoraggiarli a diventare più familiari con le problematiche dello sviluppo, con gli Obiettivi di Sviluppo del Millennio (MDG) e l’operato delle Nazioni Unite in questo campo. Inoltre STOPoverty, con l’aiuto dei ragazzi, intraprenderà una campagna politica nei mesi di settembre e ottobre per stimolare l’attenzione dei media locali su tematiche di sviluppo e sugli MDG e per incoraggiare le comunità politiche di Malta a concentrarsi su queste problematiche.
STOPPoverty! to participate in side-events to United Nations summit on MDGs
The Maltese MDG Campaign, STOPoverty! will be participating in the side events organised in New York by Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) to support the United Nations’ (UN) in its efforts to boost progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
STOPoverty! in collaboration with ĊAMYouths will also organise a local campaign to push locally for the achievement of the MDGs.
The Maltese MDG campaign will start on 10 September 2010 by gathering around 150 young persons to empower them to become more active global citizens.
The ultimate aim of this capacity building exercise is “to create a pool of young and motivated persons who are willing to take on more responsibility towards the achievement of the MDGs by being pro-active in their communities to secure support for the MDGs,” Skop, the federation of NGDOs, explained.
STOPoverty will run a political campaign throughout the months of September and October, to increase media coverage for issues related to development and the MDGs, "as well as bring the issue on the agenda of our political and community leaders as well as other stakeholders”.
“The simple fact is that 189 world leaders made a historic promise at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 when they signed onto the Millennium Declaration and agreed to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015,” Skop explained. “So now it’s time for the citizens and civil society to hold their leaders to account for these commitments."
In fact events/actions/campaigns by UN agencies, non-governmental organizations such as the GCAP, Permanent Missions, the private sector and other partners were expected to be held in and around the UN in New York before and during the Summit to push for the achievement of the MDGs.
With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the MDGs, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20 to 22 September 2010 to accelerate progress towards all the MDGs by 2015, taking into account the progress made towards the internationally agreed development goals.
Coming amid mixed progress and new crises that threaten the global effort to halve extreme poverty, “the summit will be a crucially important opportunity to redouble our efforts to meet the Goals,” Ki-moon said, referring to the targets adopted at the UN Millennium Summit of 2000 aimed at slashing poverty, hunger, disease, maternal and child deaths and other ills by a 2015 deadline.
The MDG review summit was “a key moment for civil society across the world to take action and call for a robust action plan to deliver the MDGs,” Skop explained.
|The World We Want 2015
With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September to accelerate progress towards all the MDGs by 2015, taking into account the progress made towards the internationally agreed development goals.
STOPoverty in collaboration with ĊAMYouths will also organise a local campaign to push locally for the achievement of the MDGs. The Maltese MDG Campaign will start on 10 September by gathering around 150 young persons to empower them to become more active global citizens. During this day the young persons will be encouraged to become familiar to development issues, the MDGs and the progress towards the achievement of the MDGs, as well as the United Nations’ process of reviewing the MDGs’ progress.
The ultimate aim of this capacity building exercise is to create a pool of young and motivated persons who are willing to take on more responsibility towards the achievement of the MDGs by being pro-active in their communities to secure support for the MDGs. With the intervention of this pool of young and motivated persons STOPoverty will run a political campaign throughout the months of September and October.
This event will take place under the patronage of the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC).
Hon. Dr. Chris Said's Speech during the MEDEVNET Training on the 26th July 2010
SPEECH BY THE HON. CHRIS SAID, PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR CONSUMERS, FAIR COMPETITION, LOCAL COUNCILS AND PUBLIC DIALOGUE DURING A TRAINING SESSION ORGANISED AS PART OF MEDEVNET, AN EU-FUNDED PROJECT WHICH IS BEING IMPLEMENTED IN COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE VALLETTA LOCAL COUNCIL, SKOP (THE NATIONAL PLATFORM OF MALTESE NGDOS) AND KOPIN.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Allow me to congratulate those who have brought us together here today, in particular development organisation KOPIN and its partners - the energetic and forward-looking Valletta Local Council and passionate and dedicated SKOP.
It’s a pleasure to be here and to discuss together ways how to enable civil society organisations and Local Councils build their capacities and network in order to jointly address matters related to development cooperation and migration.
I have been informed that MEDEVNET, the initiative jointly implemented by Greek, Cypriot and Maltese partners, is innovative in character as it is the first time that NGOs and local authorities have joined forces to engage in a project related to development and migration. Being an island almost equidistant from North Africa and the European mainland, Malta offers an ideal backdrop for such discussions.
Collaboration between civil society organisations and Local Councils, specifically with regards to initiatives related to migration and global poverty, could indeed start a process that could bring about positive and concrete results. There is a lot one can do.
More collaboration between NGOs and Local Councils could, for example, result in more initiatives aimed at raising the awareness of Maltese citizens on the situation of poor people in the world. Through this collaboration, local organisations – including Local Councils – could join international partners working on global educational initiatives that involve schools, wider communities and society at large.
We have seen in recent years more cultural activities in our localities aimed at bringing more people together. My Secretariat, which is also responsible for Local Councils, launched different schemes in order to encourage more of these cultural activities that are attracting thousands of people to our localities throughout the year.
It would be healthy to see a multicultural element in these activities, making use of all talents and all resources available. It would make migrants feel more welcome, encourage them to make their new localities a better place and bring people together to fight prejudices. Local Council and NGOs are the ideal partners to foster the integration of migrants into Maltese communities. They could also offer joint training to migrants that could include language courses, job training and an introduction to our history, culture and way of life.
As a European Union member state we are committed to strengthening the role of civil society in development. EU development policy and programmes are generally more effective when the priorities of the different development actors are consistent with those of civil society, as this gives local populations a sense of ownership of national development policy.
EU development policy encourages non-state actors to play an active role. Recent EU emphasis on participatory approaches has resulted in many innovations, such as more decentralised management, and empowering and involving a broad range of civil society bodies, for example NGOs, trade unions, political foundations, private companies, universities and the media.
The challenge lies in practically applying the agreed principles. The main tools for this are dialogue and financial support.
As government we are in constant touch with our civil society – through bodies like the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development and MEUSAC. We seek to facilitate and encourage dialogue between state and non state actors as we believe that as government we are mainly responsible for creating a favourable political, economic and social environment for the growth of civil society. In order to do so we are also helping civil society to tap EU funds.
The main source of EU funding for civil society bodies are the geographic aid programmes. There is also a range of specific complementary programmes – especially the one for non state actors and local authorities in development, which has global coverage.
As watchdog, implementer, donor and recipient, civil society is a development actor in its own right, distinct from governments and donors. If aid is to have the optimum impact, all 3 groups must examine how their policies and activities complement and/or undermine each other, and work together for best effect.
The EU remains the most generous global donor mobilising more than half of global aid. The EU 27 Member States and EU institutions spent €49 billion as official development assistance, which corresponds to € 96 per European citizen.
The EU and its member countries share responsibility for development aid and pursue complementary policies. This involves cooperation within the EU and internationally. Together, the EU and its member countries respond to developing countries' priorities, at national and regional level; encourage them to lead their own development and support a broad donor-wide engagement in national standardisation agendas; and establish flexible roadmaps setting out how EU countries can contribute to developing countries' standardisation plans and efforts. These efforts apply to donors as well, with joint multiannual programming and common implementation mechanisms.
The EU also capitalises on the experience of its new member countries and helps them play a more prominent role as donors.
The European Development Fund is the main instrument for providing Community aid for development cooperation in the African, Caribbean and Pacific states and overseas countries and territories. The 1957 Treaty of Rome provided for its creation as an extra-budgetary fund to grant technical and financial assistance to the colonies of the founding Member States of the European Economic Community. With the independence movement starting in the late fifties and the broadening membership of the European Community, the EDF gradually increased its scope from supporting OCTs, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa, to supporting newly independent countries in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region and other countries in those regions with which some Member States had historical links.
For all of you who are gathered here today, today’s session kicks off a week of fruitful and productive discussions, where I’m sure you will all have the opportunity to debate and discuss different facets of development cooperation, the link between development and migration, networking opportunities and efficiency, the importance of advocacy, project development and funding opportunities.
I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to address you this morning. I hope Malta proves to be the right place for such discussions to take place. I wish you a wonderful stay in Malta and hope to have you back, this time with your friends and families, in the near future.
Malta excels in overseas aid
Malta's contribution in overseas development aid was superior to that provided by many countries which joined the EU during the same enlargement with Malta.
Deputy Minister Tonio Borg told Parliament yesterday that Malta's contribution at 0.19 per cent of the Gross National Income (GNI) for 2008 was far superior to the contribution made by Estonia, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria and Poland.
The aid for 2009 amounted to 0.17 per cent of the GNI. The aid was both in cash and in kind.
Dr Borg said the EU was the largest donor of humanitarian aid with €49 billion. European institutions, considered as a single entity, were the second largest donor. Sixty per cent of aid to developing countries came from the EU, which was also a main donor to the Palestinian Authority.
At present Malta was providing the Palestinian Authority with aid amounting to US$1million over a three-year period. This included training Palestinian policemen in Malta.
Malta's obligations under the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were to provide 0.17 per cent of the GNI by 2010, doubled to 0.33 per cent in 2015. The figures for this year would reflect the contribution in 2009.
A sum of €300,000 had been voted in this year's budget - a 50 per cent increase over the vote for 2007. This did not include aid given by different ministries in kind, such as paid leave to employees providing voluntary services in developing countries or training courses held in Malta.
Minister Borg said that another element of the overseas development aid was the expenditure for humanitarian aid to refugees. Since 2008 the government had been following OECD regulations which permitted expenditure for refugees for the first year of residence only. No immigrants had landed in Malta since October, and if this trend continued, no expenditure would be incurred this year.
Malta would contribute €800,000 in aid to developing countries for projects under the EU climate change programme.
Projects in Africa were given preference.
The €300,000 worth of aid given last year to all Church and lay organisations working in developing countries, which qualified under pre-determined parameters, were aimed at helping in capital projects such as financing part of the construction of an orphanage for children with AIDS in Kenya.
The Mission Fund had helped to build a school in Tanzania while aid had been given to build a distillation plant in Ethiopia and a children's playground in Peru.
The Red Cross was given aid to develop a project in Swaziland.
Scholarships to civil servants from developing countries were awarded by the Mediterranean Diplomatic Academy in Malta. A civil servant who had been granted such a scholarship had put pressure on the Nigerian government to establish contact when a Maltese worker had been kidnapped in that country.
An agreement had been signed with the DiploFoundation, a non-profit organisation with special consultative status with ECOSOC, to provide on-line courses on climate change policy and diplomacy to diplomats in Mexico.
Dr Borg said Malta contributed €50,000 for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, besides €90,000 in kind.
The EU Lisbon Treaty, which had set the aims for the EU development cooperation policy, provided the legal basis for the setting up of the Euro-Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps.
Noel Farrugia (PL) said that the opposition wanted to use the discussion to strengthen Malta's position on the fight against poverty, and asked whether it was time to set up inter-parliamentary committees to gain knowledge on the realities which went beyond statistics.
Malta should focus on the important sectors where it could make a difference. It had the capacity to establish consortia on education, commercial development and alternative energy, where it had expertise.
There should be a committee to identify existing mechanisms of international funds and to propose systems of distribution on an international scale. There should also be a focus on the Mediterranean region, which brought Europe, Africa and the Middle East together.
Mr Farrugia said that although progress had been registered, there were still one billion persons living in poverty.
Development aid should be multi-dimensional for the best solutions to be identified. The organisation would focus on health, education and human rights.
The regional directorate would cooperate with agencies to develop initiatives for different projects. It should also work with voluntary organisations to ensure that development aid would be tackling problems.
Malta should look at the needs of developing countries. To develop commerce in developing countries, one should establish partnerships to help countries identify the important sectors for exports and imports of goods and ensure fair trade. Measures should also be taken to help farmers in developing countries.
The organisation should establish its reputation to assure sustainability of its projects. Malta was able to guide this process through its expertise.
Concluding, Mr Farrugia said that although Malta's financial contribution was relatively low when compared to larger nations', it had competent people to offer.
Karl Gouder (PN) said it was Malta's duty to help other countries in need to reduce poverty and to reach the MDGs worldwide. Respect for human life, freedom and dignity were the three forces which inspired Malta's politics in this regard.
Malta had already helped in emergencies, rehabilitation and the development of countries in need. It had also helped in reconstruction projects in China, Albania and Haiti. The Maltese government had also felt the need to assist countries which were at the bottom of the human development index.
The best way to deal with illegal immigration was to help increase the quality of life in originating countries, thus eliminating the need for people to leave in search of better opportunities.
Reaching the MDGs by 2015 was hampered by HIV, AIDS, child mortality, hunger and gender inequality. The financial crisis and increase in food prices were also exacerbating the difficulties these countries were facing.
Opposition spokesman on foreign affairs George Vella said it was good to note that both sides of the House agreed on the need to help developing countries, not just for altruism but also because the more these countries progressed, the less adverse effects on Malta.
Development aid was a grant, not a loan, and the grantor could only expect to see progress rather than a return. EU aid did not consist solely of money grants but also private investments that amounted to three times the official aid, attracted by progress in the receiving countries.
With only one-fifth of the world GDP, the EU was the biggest donor in development aid. Its target was to give 0.56 per cent of its GDP this year, escalating to 0.7 per cent by 2015.
Due to the global financial crises every country had fallen back on development aid.
Dr Vella said the Spanish EU presidency had looked at new sources of revenue to pass on to underdeveloped countries. These had included new forms of taxation with proceeds to go directly into development aid.
In 2009, about €4 billion had been distributed, mostly to strengthen social infrastructure including education and health. The EU also expected to spend €2.5 million over three years to help developing countries' low-carbon strategies.
The EU's Contador agreement with 79 other countries worldwide was the link not only to help peoples to eat but to introduce concepts of democracy and governability. The Cotonou Partnership facilitated joint action in countries representing half the worldwide population.
The OECD brought together the EU 27 and the 22 most industrialised Western countries in coordinating foreign policy on development aid. Its reliable figures had shown the EU could not achieve its development aid goals by 2015 because many countries had not been able to give as much as expected.
One overriding need was to reduce the waste of millions of euros in receiver countries due to social problems and corruption.
It had been suggested that 25 per cent of proceeds from the CO2 emissions trading scheme should go into development aid. Another suggestion was to have a moratorium on the payment of receiver countries' debts and interests, with industrialised countries waiving the debts of the worst-off countries.
Dr Vella said the EU was doing its utmost to coordinate its own position for the upcoming UN summit in New York in September. Two major reasons for this were the importance of having a strong EU position and because the Union was still smarting from its performance at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen.
The question begged itself why, in spite of all this collective development aid, hunger had increased in the world. There were more than one billion people who were not just not eating enough but were actually hungry.
Last March, a document on food security had concentrated on available food rather than on funds, which could be deviated. The document was recommending more food with better nutritional value and better management of food crises, as well as help for underdeveloped countries to produce more. Food was essential because no strong development could happen without it.
Close to the end of his speech Dr Vella put a number of questions. Was Malta's development aid being effective, and could it be made more so? How could greater progress be achieved? Why were these funds not being tied to progress in civil administration in receiver countries? Was there any misuse of funds? Was anybody, and who was it, watching to see that funds really got to where they were needed? Were sustainable results being achieved?
Some states decided on which countries to help with their own national interests in mind, rather than the countries most needing help. A fundamental change was needed in the distribution of funds through a joint body of donors and receivers. There also needed to be innovative financing mechanisms.
Dr Vella believed the best road to development was trade, which could help poor countries that exported only 1/50th of their production to the rest of the world. Rather than charity, it was the duty of the world's developed countries to condemn the way multi-national companies exploited the best resources in underdeveloped countries.
Concluding, Dr Vella said development aid was not only a political but also a moral obligation because it involved other human beings and the difference between life and death.
Winding up the debate, Minister Borg said that although the MDGs would not be reached by 2015, one could not say that progress had not been registered. Progress had been registered in poverty terms, but people living in extreme poverty in the last 15 years had increased by 36 million.
There was also an increase in primary education in underdeveloped countries in the last 10 years. The child mortality rate had decreased but not enough progress had been registered in reducing maternal mortality.
The government had always insisted that countries benefiting from aid would have to take irregular immigrants in Malta originating from those countries. This did not apply in cases of humanitarian aid.
The government was committed to increasing the number of scholarships to people coming from developing countries undertaking courses in different sectors.
Progress reports on the aid given to NGOs had been requested and forthcoming. These NGOs had also presented documented evidence of the projects they had undertaken.
€280,000 allocated for co-financing of projects by NGOs
The government fund to provide organisations with co-financing to implement projects for which they would have obtained European funds now amounted to €280,000.
Parliamentary Secretary Consumers Chris Said said that the scheme, for NGOs, had been successful last year when the co-financing of three projects – by the Paola Freire Institute, the Richmond Foundation and the Malta Institute of Management, had been approved. Between them, these organisations would be getting €13,000.
Dr Said said that the criteria to apply for the funds had become less bureaucratic and NGOs who did not qualify for funds last year because of a lack of information were this year being given the chance to reapply.
Organisations applying for funds had to fork out 15 per cent of the project cost themselves.
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19th May 2010
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Stories of Hope
KOPIN’s educational project Global Action Schools2Communities (www.kopin.org / www.schools2communities.eu) would like to congratulate SKOP, The National Platform of Maltese NGDOs (www.skopmalta.org), for its initiative to organise the 5th National Seminar on Development Education and for kick-starting a process for a National Development Education Strategy.
Over the past few years, schools, the Department of Education and NGOs have engaged in a very successful collaboration to foster the implementation of Global, Global Citizenship and Development Education projects in schools. The evaluation of many such initiatives proved that students and teachers as well as other educators generally found these projects informative and useful, whilst also being fun in the classroom.
These initiatives give us hope, remind us that children and youth are open for expanding and looking beyond their horizons, and that many students and educators are keen on experimenting with innovative learning methodologies.
These are everyday stories which often do not hit the headlines; they are, however, stories that give hope, as they teach us that many people at grass-roots’ level are proactive, innovative and enthusiastic about global learning. Such initiatives can be crucial to contribute working on both local and global problems which are often presented as irresolvable.
Schools2Communities is a project co-funded by the European Union and Betsson Malta Ltd.
Global Action Schools2Communities (S2C) is a project by KOPIN. This project aims to mobilize greater public support for action against poverty by contributing to environmental sustainability (Millennium Development Goal No 7) through awareness raising, knowledge building and taking action on the local, regional and international levels. S2C also promotes global partnership for development (Millennium Development Goal No 8) through greater knowledge and better understanding of global interdependencies and taking action on the local, regional and international levels. This project explores Fair Trade & Climate Change also within the context of local produce, organic food, environmental sustainability and migration as a result of climate change.
Kopin is a voluntary non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Malta which works in the field of North-South cooperation, Development and Global Citizenship Education and advocacy for development-related issues. Although Kopin is not bound to any other organisation, it has good relations with a number of Maltese and foreign organisations.
S2C is co-funded by:
This project has been carried out with the European Union financial contribution. The responsibility of the content of this project is to impute only to KOPIN, and under no circumstances can be considered as reflecting the position of the European Union.
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The development NGO platform Skop has called for a boycott of Israeli companies in the wake of the shooting of Bianca Zammit, the Maltese activist injured by a live bullet shot by the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza.
“We urge all those of goodwill who want justice for the Palestinian people to demand boycott, divestments and sanctions of Israeli companies and institutions that keep turning a blind eye to the occupation,” Skop spokesperson Mario Gerada said. Bianca Zammit was injured in an unwarranted attack by IDF personnel while accompanying Palestinian farmers in Gaza to their fields in the so called ‘buffer zone’, a no-go area unilaterally declared by Israel. There is no legal basis for the no-go area.
“Boycotts can be effective in getting Israelis to realise that not all is alright, and they have to range from academic to commercial and artistic boycotts of everything Israeli, while supporting Palestinian products made in Palestine,” Bianca Zammit told MaltaToday in a recent interview shortly after she was released from hospital.
In their statement, Skop said another activist, Ahmad Deeb, 21 was killed whilst participating in another peaceful demonstration by a dumdum bullet, a bullet that breaks into shrapnel once inside the body. “Violations of human rights cannot and should not be justified because of one’s own ethnic origins or nationality. Such justification is a form of apartheid. Sadly the state of Israel has become an embarrassment for the international community,” Gerada said.
Skop is urging the EU institutions to reconsider EU-Israel privileged relations. “We also urge the 25-MEP delegation visiting Israel this month to address human rights violations perpetrated by the State of Israel against humanity,” Gerada said. Skop, the national platform of Maltese NGDOs, is Malta’s broadest network of voluntary and non governmental organisations working in international development and humanitarian aid.
4th May, 2010
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‘Aw Mario Ahmed Deeb miet issa fl-isptar.’
If you happen to be a Jew living in Israel you are always a victim and never an aggressor. If you are an international activist you are some times considered as a victim, your shooting is regretted but possibly you are manipulated and used. If you are a Palestinian you must be a terrorist - violence, murder, violation of human rights are always justified in your regards even if you are simply a civilian taking part in a peaceful, non-violent activity. This is the dangerous logic which we are told over and over again, have to believe and are asked not to question. Such logic is deadly not only for the thousands of innocent Palestinian people but for Israel itself and the international community!
Nidal and Hind were injured together with Bianca but also many other Palestinian people are injured or murdered, frequently. Deaths and injuries we do not hear about. They are not killed for committing any acts of terrorism but for working their land, or at times trying to protect their homes, family or land. Nidal will not be able to walk again at least for six more months. Ahmad Deeb, 21 whilst participating in another peaceful demonstration was killed by a dumdum bullet. A bullet that breaks into shrapnel once inside the body. Ahmad Sliman Salem Dib dies of blood loss, shot and fatally injured during another demonstration.
Unless we are all safe, no one is safe! It is dangerous to create a group of people towards whom violence, brutality and murder can be justified. Jewish people know this too well. Violations of human rights cannot and should not be justified because of one’s own ethnic origins or nationality. Such justification is a form of apartheid. Sadly the state of Israel has become an embarrassment for the International Community.
Development NGOs urge increased pressure on Israel over Bianca Zammit case
SKOP, the national platform of Maltese NGDO’s, is urging Foreign Minister Tonio Borg to bring up the shooting of Maltese activist Bianca Zammit in Gaza “before all international fora possible”, whilst expressing its appreciation for the firm position that the ministry has expressed towards Israel.
The 28-year-old Ms Zammit was shot in her thigh during a protest calling for an end to the blockade of the Gaza Strip. Two Palestinians were also injured by gunfire during the protest. Ms Zammit is expected to make a full recovery.
In a strongly-worded note, the Maltese government condemned the shooting in the strongest possible terms, describing the attack as completely unwarranted and demanding a thorough investigation into the matter.
SKOP’s Euromed working group, which focuses on Mediterranean issues, noted that it supported the Maltese government’s stand, and noted that this was not a one-off incident, but a constant treatment of Palestinians.
It also noted that the Israeli military is not acknowledging the fact that they shot a Maltese national, with spokesmen telling journalists that 3 Palestinians were injured when it fired “warning shots” at a group gathering close to the security fence.
“The area adjacent to the security fence is a combat zone used by terrorist organizations to execute attacks against Israel,” the Israeli army had noted, adding that it would “not allow anyone to be present in it, since it is considered a threat to the residents of Israel and to Israeli security forces.”
Describing Ms Zammit as a colleague and a friend, the Euromed working group vouched for her nonviolent and peaceful resistance, and noted that Ms Zammit had even talked to soldiers by megaphone to inform them about the demonstration.
It urged EU institutions to reconsider Israel’s privileged status in relation to the EU in light of its “serious and fundamental” human rights violations.
Development Education Times - January 2010
Ready to take on all challenges brought by the new year? Ready to become a more global citizen?
The editorial of this first 2010 DE Times issue is left to Deepali Sood who has been the chair of the CONCORD Development Education Forum for the last 2 years. Here are some of her thoughts on the situation of Development Education and Awareness Raising in Europe.
"At first as the Vice-Chair and then the Chair of the Development Education Forum of CONCORD (European development NGOs’ platform) I can vouch for the fact that the commitment and the dedication of the European NGOs in promoting development education in Europe has been most inspiring. We have taken huge strides in the right direction: the drafting of and an increasing use of the excellent code of conduct on images and messages; our entire work on mapping school curricula of all the European Union Member States and beyond; involving the migrant communities in Europe in issues concerning them in the host countries in Europe; focusing on young people and children; working with the media; and last but not the least: the annual summer schools on various development education themes. What a success!
On a political level the European Consensus on Development Education and Awareness Raising has been a masterstroke. It is a pioneer multi-stakeholder commitment to promoting and supporting development education throughout Europe, likes of which we have never seen before. One of the main positive effects of this commitment has been the creation and working of the Multi-Stakeholder Taskforce, which is going strength to strength, as we speak. National strategies on development education in various EU MS such as Spain and Poland, which in fact have involved quality consultations with the NGOs, are examples of good practice. These strategies also commit to dedicated funding for different actors, including NGOs, in order to implement development education projects and actions in their respective countries. At the European Commission level there is a talk about a strategy on development education, which is really good news. After 3 decades of funding development education projects with non state actors, the EC is finally talking about a development education strategy. Finally, we expect the European Parliament to formally commit to an own-initiative report on development education soon. So far so good.
Now, let’s talk an honest look within our own houses i.e. within the NGOs sector itself. In our own comprehension too there has been a widely accepted view that in fact development education is an all encompassing topic: it includes human rights education, gender equality, environment education, conflict prevention education and other related issues. This integrated approach and understanding in fact ensures a genuine exchange of ideas and issues within like-minded organizations. Increasingly, NGOs are sifting the wheat from the chaff: what is genuine development education and what is mere fundraising and PR? How much of the total budget of an organisation is being spent on development education? Are we serious about measuring impact of our work or are we just pleasing our funders with donor-friendly reporting, irrespective of real impact? Many of the organisations are asking themselves and more importantly their senior managers these significant though difficult questions. Kudos to them.
Moving on to all that still needs to be achieved… Today close to 76% of EU citizens have never heard of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); we, as an international community, are far from achieving the MDGs by 2015 as originally envisaged; the financial crisis is lurking large and ominous, whilst development cooperation aid is being cut in a number of EU MS. The list goes on. A lot has been done, a lot still needs to be achieved. And yet I think we have reasons to be optimistic. Not convinced? Go on and re-read the article from the beginning!"
Deepali Sood, Plan International (Deepali.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Read the articles!
1.1 Development Education Summer School: registration for participants is open until January 31
1.2 "DE Watch report"
2.1 The partnership Fair: deadline for registration is extended to January 22
2.2 Documentation of Experts Seminar on the Future of CSOs
2.3 Provisional results of last EC development education calls
3- YOUR PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES
3.1 "Southern Voices- Welsh Choices" Cyfancyd latest project
3.2 Mindjeris- Women from Guinea Bissau
3.3 "My dad says..."
3.4 "My idea for Africa- Liberia"
3.5 Nobel Peace Prize for African Women
3.6 Development Education Introduced in the Philipines
3.7 Decent Work for Decent life: think global act global
3.8 Urban Tribes
4- PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES
4.1 EU Social Watch
4.2 A World Upside Down
4.3 Portales Globales Lernen
5.1 GLEN Training
5.2 PANGEA training
5.3 Cypriot Teachers make Global Connections
6- CONFERENCES OUTCOMES
6.1 Developing Global Education in Poland
6.2 Images of Africa and Global South in Fundraising Campaigns
6.3 Future of DE/GE in Latvia
1. TRIALOG News (4 entries)
Documentation of Expert Seminar on the Future of CSOs
Provisional Results of last EC development education call
Coordination meeting between CONCORD, DEEEP and TRIALOG
Seasonal office closure
2. News from NGDO platforms (9 entries)
Parliamentary debate: Current Challenges of Czech Development Cooperation
Towards Global Education in Slovenian schools?
Study: Czech Development Cooperation at a Crossroads
20 Years of Czech Development Cooperation
FOND launches research paper "It's our turn to help"
Black Sea NGO Forum 2009: "NGOs in Times of Crisis"
Round Table to conclude the Presidency Fund project in Bulgaria
Development Day in the National Council of Slovakia
Slovak development bulletin "Why Development Assistance"
3. Activities of European NGDOs (3 entries)
Promoting development in Europe: Conference and Toolkit on HRBA
CONCORD welcomes two new members: Cyprus and Estonia
European Citizens as Catalysts for Change: the film!
4. EU development policy and EU enlargement (2 entries)
European Union Enlargement
Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
5. Events (4 entries)
February 15-17, 2010: 2nd Edition of the Partnership Fair in Vienna: Apply now!
January 24-29, 2010: Training course - New Media for NGOs, Prague
June 6-13, 2010: Development Education Summer School - Call for Participants
July 18-23, 2010: International AIDS Conference, Vienna
6. Partner Search for Joint Projects (1 entry)
Search for partners in NMS for joint actions on Colombia
7. Sources of Information (3 entries)
ODA Evaluation in Visegrad Four region
Twenty Years of Transition and Human Development
8. Job vacancies (4 entries)
TRIALOG is searching for an intern to support the DE Partnership Fair
DEEEP is now recruiting an intern
Call for GLEN Tutors 2010
Development Education Summer School: Call for facilitators and candides
Source: TRIALOG Information Service (TIS)
The European Multi-stakeholder group on Development Education organised a side event in the frame of the European Development Days (EDD), which were hosted by Sweden in October 2009.
Citizens should be at the heart of the global poverty debate, as they are the ones to ask for change and be the change. However, they need to be empowered to fulfil their democratic potential as change actors. Development education, moving form awareness on global challenges, through understanding of causes and consequences of global inter-dependencies to informed action and critical involvement of each citizen is the tool to empower citizens to be “catalysts of change”.
All speakers at the EDD side event made strong statements on the importance of development education. So emphasised Justin Kilcullen, CONCORD president, the central role of citizen’s engagement and development education in the new CONCORD strategy. Eva Joly, MEP and Chair of the European Parliament (EP) Development Committee, committed to support a EP report on the status of Development Education in Europe.
Another aspect explored during the talk show was the need for national strategies on Development Education, still missing in many EU member states. Manuel Correio highlighted the example of Portugal, that has recently endorsed the national strategy, and underlined that political advocacy and campaigning is explicitly included in the strategy as a four pillar, taking development education beyond a purely pedagogic agenda. This strategy was elaborated in an inclusive, multi stakeholder approach, an aspect also underlined by involved other speakers. As Anja Frings put it: “Change can only be achieved if we work together”.
A short film, with the main higlights of the side event is now available! Watch it onhttp://blip.tv/file/2942358/
Information provided by Chiara Tripepi, DEEEP
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Source: TRIALOG Information Service (TIS)
Due to the significant success of the previous edition of the TRIALOG Partnership Fair held in October 2006, when many of the later EC-funded development education projects under the Non State Actors and Local Authorities (NSA-LA) budget line were conceived, TRIALOG in partnership with DEEEP and CONCORD will host the second edition of this even
t on February 15-17, 2010. Reserve the dates now and apply the latest by January 15, 2010!
The partnership fair is a learning, networking and project-designing event, gathering more than 150 participants mainly from development CSOs from across Europe coming from different sectors (development education, human rights, environment, gender etc). The Partnership Fair facilitates partnerships, cooperation, learning and exchange at an international level for joint projects for development. Many key development actors (representatives of the EC, universities, local authorities, and trade unions) will contribute either as speakers, facilitators or participants.
Find more information (incl. agenda, description and application documents) at:http://www.trialog.or.at/start.asp?ID=209
Send the Application form
) to TRIALOG Capacity Building Officer Andra Tanase email@example.com
by January 15, 2010 the latest! Note that applications will be processed on a rolling basis.
Important information regarding financial assistance and reimbursements:
Financial Assistance for travel and accommodation in the Partnership Fair is available to successful applicants from New EU Member States only. Applicants needing financial assistance should also fill in the Application Form for Participation in an Event
(in addition to the Partnership Fair Application Form above) .
Information provided by Andra Tanase, TRIALOG
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Source: TRIALOG Information Service (TIS)
The Development Education Summer School (DESS) 2010 will be hosted by Hungary, from June 6 to June 13, 2010. Artemisszio and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid, on behalf of the Hungarian NGDO platform HAND and in coordination with DEEEP are finalising the programme. The overall theme for this year is "Schools as Key Actors in Promoting Global Education", and the overall objective is to improve quality and quantity of NGOs and school cooperation in the field of Global Education.
Participants will be divided into 4 working groups, focusing on the following topics: 1) Environmental sustainability, 2) Trade and Consumption, 3) Poverty, 4) Diversity. Participants will also have the opportunity to follow some thematic sessions, according to their personal and professional interest. The following thematic sessions will be made available: a) NGO/School cooperation, b) Quality and evaluation of global education projects, c) Teacher trainings, d) School curricula and whole school approach.
A local Action Day - during which participants will go to a local school, and implement some global education activities - is foreseen on Friday June 11. Organisers have also included - following the success such activities had in previous DESS editions - the "market place", where participants can introduce their work and organisations, the cultural evening, to learn more on each other's cultures and countries, the audiovisual evening, to share movies.
The Summer School can host 54 participants from the EU, 10 from Network NGOs of CONCORD, and up to 16 from Economically Less Developed Countries. Participation fees depend on the country of residence. Travel costs will be reimbursed by DEEEP after the DESS (up to EUR 400).
Participants interested can fill in the application form, and send it to their National Platform for the final selection, before January 24, 2010. To find the list of national representatives visithttp://www.deeep.org/usefullinks.html
. If you have further questions, you can contact Cinthia Alaerts (firstname.lastname@example.org
), DEEEP Coordinator. To learn more on the Summer School, and to download the application form, please visit http://www.deeep.org/summerschool2010.html
Information provided by Chiara Tripepi, DEEEP
EC - 2008 DE Call
The EC made available the first results of the 2008 call for proposals on “Public Awareness and Education for Development in Europe.” Please note that slight changes could still be possible as these are provisional results and the final ones should be released shortly.
The data shows that compared to the previous call, no single trend can be identified, the picture is complex with some clear advances but also spaces to make some improvement.
If we were to compare the number of concept notes received, only 4 out of the 12 New Member States submitted more concept notes than in the year before, which shows rather low productivity in terms of participation in this call for proposals. Numbers only, the average number of concept notes submitted by Old Member States is 21.13 compared to only 5.25 in New Member States.
However, the success rate shows a different picture. The vast majority of New Member States improved significantly the success rate. If in the 2007 call, 9 out of 12 had 0 next to the success rate, this year it seems like only 4 countries among the 12 New Member States did not manage to secure any projects as main applicants. Development Education projects have this time lead applicants in Bulgaria (2), Cyprus (2), Czech Republic (6), Hungary (2), Latvia (2), Poland (3), Slovakia (1) and Slovenia (2). Numbers are this time favourable, with an average success rate of 29.5% in New Member States compared to ´only´ 15.7% in the Old Member States (Full Applications selected / Concept Notes received). Thus, quality instead of quantity seems to be the way forward. Furthermore, although not visible in this information sheet, the number of successful applications in which New Member States are involved as partners in a consortium is thought to be high.
Download the preliminary results at: http://www.trialog.or.at/images/doku/prov-results-ec-decall2008.pdf
For comparison with the previous 2007 statistics see: http://www.trialog.or.at/images/doku/stakeholders-meeting-25-02-09-final.pdf; http://www.trialog.or.at/images/doku/ed2007-preliminary-results.pdf
But certainly numbers do not tell the entire story, and certainly there is no score to be kept like in a sports competition. Deeper processes need to be investigated. We need to look more on whether receiving easier conditions from the EC (such as the 10% versus the 25% of co-financing) made the New Member States more attractive and thus more likely to be main applicant in the consortium. We also need to look more on whether the EC was influenced by the voices asking for more countries being beneficiaries of development education calls (in the 2007 call only 11 countries received contracts, compared to 21 countries in the 2008 call).These are just some hypothesis inviting further analysis. What seems to hold true is that the results of the capacity building activities are starting to show and now there are more solid applications.
TRIALOG will continue to support the New Member States in finding partners, improving project writing skills and also having a stronger voice vis-à-vis the European Commission. Awaiting the next Call for Proposals, expected to be released in the spring of 2010 TRIALOG organizes the 2nd Edition of the Development Education Partnership Fair to be held in Vienna between the 15th and the 17th of February 2010. To read more about the event and the application process please see the Events section of TIS or visithttp://www.trialog.or.at/
Information provided by Andra Tanase, TRIALOG
timesofmalta.com - Aid in the form of expertise
(Tuesday, December 8, 2009)
Aid in the form of expertise
Author: Claudia Calleja
Malta can help developing countries by sharing its expertise on how to manage aid money or tap into the tourism
industry, according to an expert on overseas development assistance.
Simon Maxwell, from Europe's largest think-tank on international development and humanitarian policy, said: "We often
think about development aid as providing famine relief to starving people or helping farmers grow food, which are
perfectly legitimate things to do. But there are other forms of aid.
"Malta has moved from being an aid receiver to a donor and can share its experience on managing aid with the countries
it is out to help," he explained.
Mr Maxwell, a senior research associate of the UK's Overseas Development Institute, was in Malta recently to give a
lecture on development aid as part of the Kapuscinski lecture series during which countries discussed development
According to Malta's humanitarian and development aid policy, the country aims to help the poorest countries,
particularly those of sub-Saharan and East Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Mr Maxwell said such countries required assistance on two main levels: immediate social assistance that addressed famine
and health issues among others; and longer-term assistance that sought to help countries rebuild their economy.
"Tourism can be a fantastic driver of poverty reduction. Ethiopia, for example, has a long Christian tradition and Malta
could share expertise on how to manage tourist arrivals," explained Mr Maxwell.
Mr Maxwell added that developing countries needed access to markets to grow and European countries had to ensure they
did not build a fortress of trade restrictions that stopped poor countries exporting to them.
The global recession had led to countries becoming more protective of their economy and this would have devastating
repercussions on developing countries.
Europe could help countries like Ethiopia and Kenya by opening up its trade doors to their exported flowers or green
beans, for example. But there are other threatening issues.
"Exporting horticultural products from Kenya to the UK causes about one per cent of our carbon emissions but creates a
million jobs. We must not use climate change as another excuse to become protectionist," he cautioned.
"The world is becoming a complicated place where we have to deal with the repercussions of climate change, rapid
urbanisation, the global recession and security treats... Collective action is the only way to deal with this
"We as Europeans need to make sure we build an effective Europe. With new presidents in the European Commission and
Council the question is: what is the story they're going to tell about the world? The millennium development goals
(MDGs) have to be at the centre," Mr Maxwell said.
The UN goals, agreed to by 189 nations, pledge to halve extreme poverty, halt the spread of AIDS/HIV and provide
universal primary education by 2015.
Mr Maxwell went on to add that, given this global scenario, Europe - which provided 60 per cent of the world's aid - had
to now work on maximising the impact of this aid.
There were two options. The first was channelling a bigger share of aid money through Brussels where it would be better
coordinated. An alternative would be developing a code of conduct on how to work together to better spread out aid
across countries in need.
PRESS RELEASE - For immediate release - SKOP at the European Development Days SKOP (Solidarjetà u Koperazzjoni), The National Platform of Maltese non-governmental organisations working in the fields of development cooperation and development education (NGDOs), has represented its 18 member organisations at the European Development Days 2009, held in Stockholm (Sweden) from 22 to 24 October 2010. The fourth edition of the European Development Days (EDDs), which are a yearly event hosted jointly by the European Commission and the EU Presidency, are a flagship event which showcases the commitment of civil society, the EU and national governments to development and relief. It brought together some 6,000 individuals and 1,500 organisations from the development community. Delegates from 125 countries were represented, including heads of state and leading world figures, Nobel prizewinners among them, and a number of representatives of NGOs and networks such as CONCORD (The European NGO Confederation For Relief and Development) of which SKOP is a founder member. The event aims to make development aid more effective, to build a global coalition against poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Main subjects of the EDDs 2009, which is the EU’s third biggest event, were democracy, global citizenship, adaptation to climate change, energy efficiency and the global recession. During the event, SKOP has showcased its members’ activities on international development cooperation and education in a stall which it had managed together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and SOS Malta. It was SKOP’s third participation in the EDDs since 2007; this year, its participation has been sponsored by the European Commission and Concord. Further information can be found on http://www.eudevdays.eu, or by contacting Dominik Kalweit on (+356) 2131 5562 / 9940 0407. Photographs taken at the European Development Days 2009. They are also available on SKOP's Facebook website. William Grech (Vice-Chairperson, SKOP), Dominik Kalweit (Board Member/Treasurer, SKOP), David Cassar (Maltese Permanent Representation at the EU) Call for Development Projects 2008/0of the Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20091101/local/maltese-money-gives-life-to-third-world-countries http://www.di-ve.com/Default.aspx?ID=72&Action=1&NewsId=65631 http://www.foreign.gov.mt/Default.aspx?MDIS=21&NWID=664 The STOPoverty! Neqirdu l-Faqar! Campaign events of October 2009: http://trialog-information-service.blogspot.com/2009/10/events-to-mark-international-day-for.html SKOP's new project on Capacity Building (2010/2011): http://trialog-information-service.blogspot.com/2009/10/new-joint-project-of-greek-cypriot-and.html SKOP hosted the October 2009 meeting of the Concord Working Group on Enlargement, Ple-Accession and Neighbourhood (EPAN): http://trialog-information-service.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-epan-meeting-in-malta.html For further information on EPAN, see the TRIALOG website.