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A four-day training on advocacy towards EUDs was organized in New Delhi between October 9-12, at the National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI). ICA-AP organized this unique training for its staff, members and partners to enhance their capacities in engaging actively in policy dialogues and understanding the process of applying for development grants from the EUDs. Trained staff and members are expected to further deliver this training to co-operatives and cooperators in their countries and sub regions. The training was delivered by Mr. Stefan Mielke from the Forum for International Development and Partnership (FinEp), Berlin.

 

Mr. Stefan Mielke during the training.

 

Besides helping the participants know the basics of EU-funding possibilities, EuropeAid grant administration and the different budget lines under EU Directorate General Development Cooperation (DG DEVCO - EuropeAid), the training addressed the following fundamental questions: How EUDs work in partner countries and which policies and cooperation agreements exist? How the EU funds projects through calls for proposals and which relevant documents need to be studied? 
What does an EuropeAid proposal look like and which documents need to be filled in and what information needs to be provided?

 

 

The training was attended by representatives from SANASA (Sri Lanka), ESDC and PACU (Palestine), NCUI and FISHCOPFED (India), CCS (Myanmar), NACCF and NCF (Nepal), CUK (Kyrgystan), as well as the ICA-AP staff. The intensive training was well-received by the participants, and they each designed an action plan about what they would do to take this knowledge forward.