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Structured Dialogue - For an efficient partnership in development

The Structured Dialogue aims at increasing the effectiveness of all stakeholders involved in EC development cooperation, by building on the momentum gained by international and European debates. Its course took place from March 2010 to May 2011. Beyond this process, the dialogue with different stakeholders will continue in 2012 through ad hoc conferences and meetings. 


The Structured Dialogue was an initiative with which the European Commission (EC) wished to respond to the conclusion of several reports ( evaluations through the civil society organizations, Court of Auditors report), to the request of civil society organizations, local authorities and the European Parliament, in the frame of the Accra agenda for action , by:

• Reaching a mutual understanding and building consensus on the main challenges related to civil society organizations and local authorities involved in cooperation.

• Finding ways to improve the effectiveness of civil society organizations and local authorities involved in cooperation, to advance and strengthen partnerships and exploring ways to adapt EC modalities accordingly.

Main ouputs

What are the main outputs of The final Conference of Budapest?

  • During the final conference of the Structured Dialogue organized in 17-19 May 2011 in Budapest, participants endorsed by Final Statement of the Structured Dialogue . This document constitutes a firm multi-stakeholders commitment to cooperate for an efficient partnership in development, with full respect of each actor prerogatives, roles and mandates, taking stock of the knowledge acquired through this unique dialogue exercise.
  • The Concluding paper of the Structured Dialogue aims at presenting the main conclusions of 14 months of multi-stakeholders dialogue. This document has been comented and amended by participants at several occasions and summarize participants' consensual understanding of key topics on the agenda. It is organized around two main parts: (i) synthesis of discussions and key messages; and (ii) recommendations per categories of Stakeholder.
  • In the framework of the Structured Dialogue, stakeholders reached a consensus on the most pertinent needs of CSOs and LAs to be supported by Donors. Consequently discussions focused on how to best adapt existing EU delivery mechanisms and on alternative or innovative mechanisms that could be used in the future. The aim was to identify a set of conditions and criteria for the different possible support models in order to determine the most promising and feasible mechanisms for effectively supporting CSOs and LAs in their respective roles and ambitions as development actors. A short technical brief was prepared for each of the 12 delivery mechanisms in order to provide relevant background information and focus discussions. The 12 fiches are available on CISOCH.

Followup of the process

  • A conference will be held November 9/10, 2011. It will bring together stakeholders of the structured dialogue to discuss the implementation of the recommendations included in the outcome document of the Budapest conference. The agenda will be available with all the details on the page in CISOCH.
  • The participation is by invation only.
  • All information on the structured dialogue such as seminars, conferences and reference documents are available on CISOCH.
Last update: 17/02/2012 | Top