Aan de slag: 4 ateliers
Van 13 tot 16 mei organiseren we 4 toekomstateliers. Deze ateliers worden inhoudelijk gestoffeerd met het verzamelde materiaal van de contextmapping, de bevraging en interessante voorbeelden uit de sector. De sessies zelf leveren het eerste materiaal op voor thematische nota's of handvaten voor de praktijk.
Deze agenda voor de discussies tijdens de 4 ateliers is work in progress.
13th of May - Positioning ourselves in the Belgian (civil) society landscape
This theme addresses the added value Belgian NGOs bring to Belgian society, and other civil society actors in it. How do we articulate today the legitimacy, role and place of NGOs as civil society actors in Belgium? Starting from the idea that the general public in Belgium overall is increasingly critical of NGOs and civil society as a whole is under pressure, how can we reclaim our place and role? This touches upon topics such as:
- How do NGOs working on international solidarity link up with the broader civil society in Belgium?
- What is the political character of NGOs?
- How do we react to evolutions in the field of development education and awareness raising, such as the trend towards working with intermediary partners?
- How do we deal with the challenges with respect to engagement, volunteers and supporters of NGOs?
- How can we strengthen the trend towards internationalization of civil society and social movements, that is connecting civil society here with civil society organisations in the South
- Should we decompartmentalize our way of working where there is an institutionalized distinction between our work in Belgium and our work in the global South?
14th of May - Positioning ourselves in the global agenda and sphere?
This theme addresses how Belgian NGOs contribute to the realization of development agendas worldwide, and how they position themselves in an increasingly globalizing world.
Our work has to be understood against the background of shifting thematic priorities and geographic focus of NGOs. As sketched in the trend documents new topics gain importance (such urbanization, migration, …) and geographically the map of development is redrawn with new needs and capacities emerging in LIC, MIC and fragile states. This, alongside the SDG agenda, raises questions about the (potentially) shifting focus of the work of NGOs.
One topic of discussion here is the relationship with so-called ‘local partners’ and the added value of Belgian NGOs in this relationship. How do we realize a relationship of equal footing between like-minded actors striving for a common agenda, even if that agenda translates differently in different locations? How do we understand the trend of disintermediation? Should we work on our ‘downward accountability’, should we rather adopt more decentralized ways of working or can we draw inspiration from working in international networks and families?
15th of May - Collaborations beyond civil society
This theme addresses the types of collaborations NGOs establish beyond civil society, such as donors, private actors, local governments, etc.. Working in a multi-stakeholder setting, cause-effect relations aren’t easily attributed. Hence, what can be expected from these collaborations in terms of contributing to achieving the mission of the NGOs?
For example, the private sector is not a comprehensive whole. Hence, different kinds of interactions are possible with different kinds of private actors. What are these different kind of interactions? Are they compatible? Which ones are more interesting for sustainable multi-stakeholder collaborations?
16th of May - Making sure we can act
This theme revolves around the internal functioning of NGOs. Which challenges are there with respect to redirecting resources and efforts in line with an understanding of the world as being in constant flux? This theme concerns the operationalisation of the implications from the first three themes. Potential questions include: As our societies are growing more diverse and the focus of our sector is international cooperation, how do we translate this in the diversity of personnel, volunteers and supporters? To what extent does the sector need specific competences to answer to new thematic priorities? Which organizational structures help us implement and translate the logic of equal partnerships with local partners striving for a common agenda? …