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The programme will focus on supporting CSO and LA networks in order to enhance their representation, internal communication, coordination and collaboration to contribute effectively to policy dialogue on development-related issues at regional and global level.
It will seek to strengthen networks' engagement with decision makers and political leaders from partner countries and the EU itself. CSO/LA networks' role in capitalisation and sharing of lessons learnt - among European CSOs/LAs, Southern CSOs/LAs and between them - is considered of vital importance in this regard.
The programme will seek to support Southern CSO and LA networks to engage with relevant supranational organisations, regional institutions and other relevant stakeholders, and to contribute to regional and global policy debates.
The programme will also seek to strengthen European CSO platforms, including their capacity to build transnational alliances, to coordinate and collaborate, and to actively engage in advocacy and contribute to EU development policy processes.
The programme will support the capacity and representativeness of CSO and LAs networks in view of their participation in dialogues linked to the EU Policy Forum on Development.
The last decades have seen a substantial increase of regional, international and global networks and platforms of CSOs and also of LAs, articulating and advancing global norms concerning issues as diverse as health, trade, human rights, migration, global justice, climate change aid effectiveness. Facilitated by the rapid evolution of information and communication technology and mirroring emerging transnational and regional governance structures, different actors around the world are extending their contacts across national borders. They are playing a pivotal role in linking local concerns and priorities, often caused by global challenges such as climate change, to regional and global dialogues and debates, including at EU level. In this regard, European CSOs can play an important role in promoting networking and coordination at different levels and in linking their local partners to global networks and ultimately to global policy debates.
With a view to enhance CSOs' and LAs' contributions to policy development and thinking, the programme intends to strengthen transnational alliances and as well as initiatives for dialogue, exchange, networking and dissemination of good practices. The programme will particularly consider the role of CSO and LA networks in relation to policy debates at the European level, promoting structured dialogue among CSO and LA networks and between them and EU institutions.
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