The event is organized by the operator of the programme: Ökotárs, Autonómia, DemNet and Carpathian Foundations in the European Youth Centre Budapest, 6-7 April 2017.

The first day of the conference - the "National Day" - focuses on presenting the history and results of the Hungarian Programme, while the second day - the "International Day" - provides an opportunity for networking and experience sharing among Hungarian and Central-European NGOs.

Planned agenda

6 April – ’National Day’

10-11.00 Introduction

  • Opening remarks of the donors’ representatives: Olav Berstad, Ambassador of Norway
  • Opening remarks of the National Focal Point: Adrián Savanyú, Head of Department, Prime Minister’s Office Department for Implementation of International Co-operation Programmes
  • Key facts and figures of the programme – Veronika Móra, programme director

11.30-13.00 Presentation of the programme evaluation – achievements and results

  • In 3 parts, by members of the Fund Operator’s evaluation team – Roland Kelemen-Varga, team leader and TBD
  • Q&A

13.00-14.00 Lunch break

14. 00-15.30 Parallel sessions on cooperation between state institutions and civil society in the framework of the programme

  • Representatives of state agencies and NGOs which worked together on supported projects will present the cooperation from their perspective in a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A
  • Four parallel sessions are foreseen covering different areas (1) projects involving the police and the penitentiary system (2) projects involving social welfare institutions (3) projects involving the public education system (4) projects involving children’s homes and orphanages
  • Questions to be discussed: How did the given state institution experience the cooperation with their NGO partners? How were the contacts and relations built? What are the impacts and benefits of the cooperation? How can the institution utilize the results in their future work? What could be improved? (The same questions will also be addressed by the NGOs from their point of view.)

15.45-17.00 Roundtable discussion on the sustainability of NGOs and project results

  • Roundtable with representatives of 4-5 projects that lead to the emergence of new movements and/or achieved lasting results, with contributions also from projects that did not manage to do this.
  • Questions to be discussed: What factors helped or played a role in the success? What has been achieved, how the work continued since the supported project was closed? What are the future perspectives? If sustainability could not be achieved, why – what would have been needed?

17.00-17.15 Closing remarks

7 April – ‘International Day’

10.00-11.00 Keynote speeches: “Shrinking civil space” as a worldwide phenomenon and how do international and civic organizations do against it?

  • The state of civil society worldwide: presentation of the CIVICUS Monitor – Marianna Belalba, CIVICUS
  • The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and civil society – Paul d’Auchamp, UN OHCHR, Head of the European Region (TBC)
  • Human rights and civil society organization in Europe – Waltraud Heller, Programme Manager, European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (TBC)
  • The response of the donor community – Hanna Surmatz, Legal Counsel European Foundation Centre

11.30-12.30 Panel discussion: the experience in Central Europe – how shrinking civil space is experienced in this region, what are the impacts and practical consequences?

With representatives of the Fund Operators in Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgarian (TBC), moderated by Veronika Móra, followed by Q&A. Participants:

  • Ionut Sibian, Civil Society Development Foundation (RO)
  • Ewa Kulik, Batory Foundation (PL)
  • Elitsa Markova, Open Society Foundation (BG)
  • Peter Medved, Ekopolis Foundation/Jan Orlovsky, Open Society Foundation (SK)

12.30-13.30 Lunch break

13.30-15.00 Presentations: what can be learned from NGO projects implemented in the region?

  • Short presentations of best practice projects supported by the NGO Programmes in the above countries; partly by the project promoters themselves, partly by staff members of the Hungarian Fund Operator who participated at study tours and met the project firsthand. (Speakers TBC)

15.00-15.15 Closing remarks

Participation is free but registration is needed. Registration will start at the beginning of March.

Venue: European Youth Centre Budapest (district II., Zivatar street 1-3.)

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