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Laetitia Ricklin20 July 2017

Please find below some indicative information related to the hub and its development:

 

Main recommendation:

it is key to consider very carefully the eligibility criteria and the types of activities to be covered in the guidelines. Then applicants can try to assess how their proposal can fit with the evaluation criteria of the full application set in the guidelines.

A dedicated meeting to speak about the future of the structured dialogue is to be organised at the Policy Forum For Development/reginal meeting to be held in Jordan on 3-4 October.

This meeting could be the opportunity for a pre-inception meeting for the regional hub to be set in the coming months (even if the final selection might not be already public).

By then, the Civil Society Facility South will start working on an overview/synthetic mapping excercise to define a list of CSOs that could assist the hub in 5 to 6 themes and to garantee a balance between networks related to the hub and external actors. Indeed new thematic advisory groups or steering commitees could be created to assist the hub and EU institutions for the next CS Fora.

 

By 29 August the 2 pre selected consortia of applicants to the hub management should apply.

It is key for the CSOs interested to take part to the process to read very carefully the guidelines:

- 155559 regional hub_guidelines_prospect_en_FINAL version.pdf

and in particular, the eligibility of lead applicant and co applicants p6, and what stands under eligible actions from p10 till p13 (It is foreseen that the hub should define its cooperation with a steering committee including the EU).

The evaluation grid p25 sets the criteria to be used by evaluators.

- https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/online-services/index.cfm?ADSSChck=1492776016578&do=publi.detPUB&searchtype=QS&orderby=upd&orderbyad=Desc&nbPubliList=15&page=1&aoref=155559 (pour la version française).

 

Indeed, the hub will be set to serve the dialogue, needs, objectives, interests and sustainability of CS of the 10 nationalities of the region, in synergy with the EU Delegations, EU institutions (NEAR, DEVCO, EEAS, EESC), but also with EU CSOs and networks working actively within the region. A chart of good conduct and a methodology could also be developed in the proposals and during the meeting in Jordan.

The regional dimension and capacity to develop dialogue and an efficient platform on various themes including resilience and security, migration, economic development and reducing inequalities, human rights and governance, gender, environment and climate, will be essential.

A technical assistance will be set to accompany and guide the hub where there will be needs in terms of capacity development, web coaching, and thematic expertise.

It is key that the hub will work in regular relation with the IISG of EU institutions involved during the last years in the CS Forum.

The logistics organisation of the CS Fora in Brussels is to be mostly covered financially under the hub budget (in addition to the organisation of regional activities in the region and the online platform) and it is expected from the hub to anticipate very carefully on the financial needs related to such activities management.

The EU will remain a key player and decider and assist the hub in particular for Brussels events and main events in the region on the agendas, lists of participant, inviting speakers, and reporting. Other types of stakeholders such as representatives of the private sector, of the education field, of the media, local authorities, regional entities, etc. will also continue to be involved in the dialogue process.

One consortium will have the responsibility of managing the hub/secretariat for structured dialogue in relation with the EU. However all CSOs that applied and other CSOs interested are and will be invited to join the effort to build the structured dialogue and to contribute effectively to the process while proposing innovative approach.

The objective of the hub is to have CSOs organise the dialogue in a way to guarantee best representativy (and its rotation) through key themes and identifying specialised CSOs during the next 3 years to follow up on advocacy on priority agendas.

Using a grant modality is unique for such a hub or secretariat to the dialogue and it is essential that this can be used in the most efficient manner and that CSOs of the region also consider the financial and logistical (including selection of participants for activities in consultation with a steering committee), cultural and human resources contraints the hub will have to cope with.

 

The results of the evaluation of the proposals is expected to be public in October 2017.

 

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