Open Call: Participation in Policy Forum for Development

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The European Commission is currently conducting an evaluation of the external financing instruments of the European Union, for which public consultations are also organized, both face-to-face as well as web-based consultations. This consultation should allow gathering independent evidence on how the instruments have performed, while starting reflections on the future set of instruments post-2020. 

Consultation of civil society organizations will take place in the framework of this year's Policy Forum for Development (PFD), a Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)-led structured dialogue framework which brings together Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Local Authorities (LAs) from the EU and partner countries, as well as European institutions, offering a multi-stakeholder space for dialogue on development issues at EU Headquarters level. The PFD will be organised on 22 and 23 March, and the consultation on the financing instruments is foreseen for the afternoon of 23 March

Up to five (5) CSO representatives from the Enlargement region will be invited to take part in the public consultation on the external financing instruments of the EU, which comprises also the Instrument for Pre-Accession. Moreover, they will be invited to participate as observers in the Policy Forum for Development. 

Tentative Agenda 
The tentative agenda for the two days is below (a more detailed agenda will follow): 

March 22: EU's Policy package
EU's role in 2030 Agenda:
2 high level panels:
  • New Consensus on Development
  • ACP Partnership
  • Impact on PFD work
March 23: Translating Policy into Action
Role of inclusive partnerships
  • International agenda
  • PFD Members' agenda
  • Plenary on inclusive partnerships
  • Mid-term review of EC’s external assistance instruments
  • Taking stock of the 2017 PFD 
Profile of the organisations 
Organisations that meet the below criteria are invited to apply (each organisation should nominate one of their representatives to participate in the policy forum): 
  • should come from a national or regional network or umbrella organisation; 
  • have at least five years of experience in advocacy; 
  • have at least five years of experience in managing funds from EU financing instruments (i.e. IPA, EIDHR); 
  • have the capacity to consult their member and partner organisations prior to the consultation, and provide feedback after their participation; and 
  • have a good command of the English language. 
Application Procedure: 
Interested applicants are requested to submit in English: 
  • CV in EU format of the nominated representative 
  • Motivation letter, which needs to include: 
    • The purpose and main activities of the organisation; 
    • Why the organisation and nominated representative are suited for this exercise; and 
    • how the organisation will conduct their own (local) consultations prior to the public consultation in Brussels and how they will share information about the consultation afterwards. 
Applications should be sent to by February 15, 2017 with the subject heading Application for Policy Forum Development

Up to five (5) CSO representatives will be selected to participate. Please note that only selected applicants will be contacted. 

Participation costs will be covered by the European Commission. 

For any additional questions, please contact
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