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EU CORD advocacy successes. 28 November 2012. ‘TVET’. Mysterious acronym In simple terms : vocational training / skills development Enabling young people to Get ready for the job market Become an entrepreneur Obtain gainful employment

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Eu cord advocacy successes

EU CORD advocacysuccesses

28 November 2012


Eu cord advocacy successes

‘TVET’

  • Mysteriousacronym

  • In simpleterms: vocational training / skillsdevelopment

  • Enablingyoungpeople to

    • Getreadyfor the job market

    • Becomean entrepreneur

    • Obtaingainfulemployment

  • Logical and necessary follow-up to normaleducation


How we did it

How we didit

  • Started in 2008

  • Smallgroup of like-minded EU CORD members

  • ‘EU CORD TVET Advocacy Cluster’

  • Cometogether, makeTerms of Reference and action plan

  • Meet a few times a year to monitor progress

  • EU CORD facilitated, Woord en Daad coordinated, other groupmemberscontributed


Where we focussed on

Where we focussedon

  • Not the Parliament

  • Not the Council

  • But the EuropeanCommission

  • And Member State level (NL)

  • No publicity, justlobbying: informal meetings, later participation in open consultations


Tvet advocacy toolbox

TVET advocacy toolbox

  • Desk study, mapping

  • Position paper

    • Literaturereview

    • Goodpractices EU CORD members

  • Submissions in writtenconsultations

  • Oralpresentations in physicalconsultations

  • One-to-one meetings, phone and email contactswith officials


Tvet advocacy results

TVET advocacyresults

  • Putting TVET higheron the agenda: consultations 2011

  • Inclusion of TVET in ‘An Agenda forChange’, the guiding EU policy document for the years to come

  • Unfinished business…


Eu cord advocacy successes

‘DRR’

  • Again a mysteriousacronym

  • Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Makingsurethat Disaster Risk Reductionbecomes a standard and core element of

    • Relief programs

    • Development programs

  • DRR was really a new topic and didnotfigureon the EU’s agenda


How we did it1

How we didit

  • VOICE workinggroupon DRR formed in March 2007

  • 22 organisationsfrom 7 different EU memberstates

  • Involvesagenciesamong the leading ECHO partners in the field of DRR

  • Establisheditself as mainreference point for EC withNGOson DRR policy and practice

  • Workinggroupchairedby EU CORD


Where we focussed on1

Where we focussedon

  • Not the Council

  • But the EuropeanCommission (DG DevCo and DG ECHO),

  • The EuropeanParliament,

  • Memberstates (e.g. Tearfund / DfID in the UK),

  • And global level


Drr advocacy toolbox

DRR Advocacy toolbox

  • Desk study, mapping (scan of EU Country Strategy Papers)

  • Position paper

  • Submissions in writtenconsultations (e.g. EU Consensus onHumanitarian Aid, EU policyonadaptation to climatechange)

  • Oralpresentations in physicalconsultations

  • Phone and email contactswith officials


Drr advocacy successes

DRR Advocacysuccesses

  • Effective engagement with EU on DRR issues

  • Developing and nurturingrelationshipswithkey EC officials and MEPs

  • Development, agreement and use of VOICE DRR policyrecommendationsfor Consensus onHumanitarian Aid

  • CommunicationonHumanitarian Aid, Parliament report and final EU consensus all includegood content on DRR, whichreflectsrecommendations made and consistentlyusedbyworkinggroup


Success factors

Success factors

  • Commitment of people and theirorganisations to a group

  • Sharedvision, sharedadvocacy goals

  • Window of opportunity at EU level

  • Using practical developmentexperience to underpinadvocacy message

  • Continuousnetworking


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