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Title: PRS NGO Focal Points: A Proposal

PRS NGO Focal Points A Proposal
  • How to further include Civil Society
    Organisations in the implementation of the PRS

  • Whats the challenge?
  • How to increase participation of civil society in
    implementation of PRS
  • How to enhance dialogue between state and civil
  • How to improve communications between civil
    society and PRS IFP
  • What are we proposing?
  • Present a proposal for strengthening involvement
    of CSOs in PRS implementation

What was the consultation process?
  • Written proposals from NGOs 37 received
  • 2 focus groups
  • Detailed interviews
  • In-depth discussions with PRS team
  • Draft report and proposal
  • Focus group on draft proposal
  • Written consultation on draft proposal
  • Revised proposal for presentation today

Implementation of PRS
What are the benefits of Civil Society
  • Among other things
  • Brings client and local perspective to policy
  • Brings additional resources, and new ways of
    doing things
  • Improves state accountability
  • Brings participation and qualitative approaches
    to evaluation

What is needed?
  • PRS Team identified need for ways to further
  • Establish mechanism for dialogue and
    communication between PRS IFP and civil society
  • Involve civil society organisations in policy
    dialogue with government
  • Share good practice in PRS implementation
  • Encourage civil society monitoring of PRS
  • Develop civil society capacity in evaluating
    impact of PRS implementation

What are the constraints?
  • Experience of COSD
  • Limited time of PRS IFP
  • CSOs own financial limitations
  • No obvious existing forum where CSOs get together
    to work on poverty-related issues

What is the proposal?
  • NGOs selected to act as PRS NGO Focal Points
  • Each NGO Focal Point will cover a specific sector
  • Objectives of each Focal Point are, within each
  • To provide a channel of communication between PRS
    IFP and civil society
  • To promote, encourage and support involvement of
    CSOs (local and national) in PRS implementation
  • To promote encourage and support engagement
    between government and civil society (local and
    national) to step up the implementation of PRS
  • Focal Points work together as a Forum for civil
    society inclusion in PRS implementation

What sectors will be included?(these are
indicative only)
  • Unemployed
  • Elderly people
  • Refugees and IDPs
  • Children young people
  • People with disabilities
  • Roma
  • Women/gender
  • Employment
  • Health
  • Social welfare
  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Justice/rule of law
  • Human rights

What will they do?
  • NGOs are encouraged to present own ideas that
    they believe will make PRS implementation more
  • May include, for example
  • Sharing information about latest events, policy
    debates, new legislation
  • Encouraging best practice in implementation,
    monitoring, evaluation
  • Sharing information about monitoring, evaluation
    and other research
  • Creating opportunities for dialogue between
    government and civil society

How will it work?
  • Competition to be selected as NGO Focal Point for
    each sector
  • PRS IFP provides funds for Focal Point activities
  • Selection of NGO Focal Point will be based on
    criteria developed in consultation with CSOs
  • One NGO is Lead Agency

What will the Lead Agency do?
  • Selected in open competition
  • Provide support and coordination
  • Monitor activities of NGO Focal Points
  • PRS IFP will monitor Lead Agency

How will it be organised?
Other possible action
  • Support to research and evaluation
  • Involving NGOs in government policy making and
  • Training in monitoring PRS implementation through
    programme budgets
  • Local development strategies

What are your questions and comments?