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  • 1. HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Governance & Peace Celestine Kroesschell Teamleader Governance & Peace celestine.kroesschell@helvetas.org +41 44 368 65 37 New York Office Gisela Keller New York gisela.keller@helvetas.org +1 646 643 0390 Nepal: Water & Governance Meeting

2. Contents Our Working Area Governance and Peace Vietnam: Men and women villagers vote for community projects HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation: About us 3. Who We Are Founded in 1955 in Zurich: first private Swiss development NGO 2011 merger with Intercooperation $136M annual budget Politically and denominationally neutral Over 100,000 members and Swiss donors 1,200 staff (17% Swiss & international experts) US presence since 2012 (Gisela Keller, Senior Development Manager) Fiscal sponsorship NICRA, Registered with USAID Long country presence (12+ years) Work through local partners; build the capacity of local partners Multi stakeholder approach Cross-cutting themes: gender equality and social justice Strong monitoring and evaluation: 11 impact assessments from 2009-2011 Low overhead: 10-15% Focus on rural and peri-urban areas South-south collaboration 4. Our Programs Rural Economy Environment & Climate Change Water & Infrastructure Skills Development and Education Governance and Peace Sustainable agriculture systems Agriculture extension Organic farming & fairtrade Value chains Citizen engagement & participation Political accountability Civil peace building & conflict sensitivity Artistic expressions for an open society South-south labour migration Climate protection and conservation of resources (land, water, for ests). Risk reduction and adaption Safe drinking water & sanitation Irrigation & efficient use of water Bridges, roads & trails for access to ideas, services and markets Private-sector & labor market oriented training Linkages between basic education & youth skills development Mobile trainings Life skills Tracer study toolkit Cross-cutting themes: Gender & social equity, capacity development, learning & innovation 5. Where We Work 32 partner countries CRITERIA High level of poverty High potential for impact Government collaboration Relevance of our programs Civil society or government as partners to collaborate Donor interest 6. Past & Current U.S. Partners IDB US State Department USDA World Bank & World Bank Institute USAID CARE Chemonics Mercy Corps RTI Winrock United Nations UNCTAD UNDP UN Forum on Forests UNICEF UNIDO Foundations Blue Moon Foundation (renewable energy) Ellysium Foundation (Bhutan) Ford Foundation (CATIE) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (water study) McKnight Foundation (rural economy) Open Society Foundations (governance) NGOs Bridges to Prosperity (trail bridges) KickStart International (water pumps) Rights & Resources Institute (forests/rights) Partnership for Transparency Fund The Nature Conservancy (forests) Women World Banking Wildlife Conservation Society World Resources Institute 7. International Associations Rural Economy Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) DCED ICAC IFOAM FLO (Fairtrade Label Organisation) ISEAL Textile Exchange Education Centre International dEtudes Agricoles Microfinance CGAP Social Performance Task Force Womens World Banking Democracy & Peace CIVICUS (World Alliance for Citizen Participation) INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre) Water Global Water Challenge (DC) End Water Poverty (UK): Member Executive Committee World Water Council (France Water Integrity Network Rural Water Supply Network WHO International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Roads & Bridges International Forum for Rural Transport and Development Climate Change & Adaptation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) (HSI = lead author) International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) Global Environment Facility (GEF) Rights and Resources Initiative 7 8. Financial Funds by Program Area % Rural Economy 35 Water & Infrastructure 27 Skills Development & Education 16 Governance & Peace 15 Environment & Climate 7 Total 100 Use of Funds % Asia 32.3 Africa 18.7 Latin America 16.9 Eastern Europe, Caucasus & Central Asia 9 Program coordination & support 2.4 Advisory Services 5.1 Swiss programs 3.8 Fair Trade 3.2 Head office 4 Fundraising 4.6 Total 100 Income: Sources % Swiss Development Corporation 61.0 Private 19.9 Other Official Development Aid 11.0 Advisory Services 4.8 Other 3.3 Total 100 9. Contents HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation: About us Our Working Area Governance and Peace 10. Networks and Partners CIVICUS (World Alliance for Citizen Participation), South Africa INTRAC (NGO Training and Research Centre), UK International Alert, UK Institute for Development Studies, UK Swedish Institute for Public Administration (SIPU) KOFF/ Swisspeace CINFO, Switzerland Universities of Zrich and Lausanne University of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Decentralisation and Local Governance Network, Swiss Development Corporation Migration and Development Network. Swiss Development Corporation 11. Governance & Peace Programs 2010: 28 projects with volume of $11.8M Goals: o 2014: $13M o 2016: $16M Current Programs* # Local democratic governance 11 Pro-poor policies 6 Conflict transformation 4 Culture 6 Migration 2 TOTAL 29 12. Overview of Programs Albania: Municipal development Bangladesh: Local government and citizen engagement Benin: Water and local governance Bhutan: a) Supporting decentralization, local government, and civil society b) culture Bolivia: Regional planning and watershed management Burkina Faso: a) Supporting culture b) Rural roads and citizenship Ethiopia: Strengthening local councils Guatemala: a) Municipal development b) Water integrity c) culture Honduras: Decentralized road building with municipalities Kosovo: Municipal development Laos: CSO building & advocacy Madagascar: Municipal Development and farmers' organizations Mali: a) Conflict transformation and governance b) culture, supporting artists and photo school Mozambique: a) Local government, citizen engagement & decentralised water; b) Water integrity c) culture, supporting artists and cultural groups Nepal: a) Local planning, b) transparency and accountability c) water integrity d) supporting safe migration Sri Lanka: a) Supporting safe migration b) Human rights Tajikistan: Access to justice Vietnam: Decentralized local planning and agricultural services 13. Our Work & Experience Citizen engagement = local empowerment and agenda setting Downward accountability Increased focus on participation of women Linking products with processes Support of change agents Work with strengthening partners from supply AND demand side Link from grassroots to national level (essential for sustainability) Do No Harm as a tool to investigate latent conflicts and short comings in governance Strong focus on monitoring key performance indicators Currently developing a strategy on migration Public audits Promoting non-violence in behaviour Working in Conflict Civic education = crucial Signature Program: Ethiopia Capacity Building of Councils Empowering the councils to assume their constitutional role and responsibilities has contributed significantly to good governance, democracy and federalism. 14. Goals and Intervention Areas ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS (Culture) Creation of space for visions, new ideas and debates on society Articulation of marginalised groups Bringing people together for conflict resolution and peace building Working on access to justiceWorking with participatory processes Promoting accountability of the State to its citizens Fostering responsive and accountable local institutions Strengthening civil society and media for increasing voice and accountability Nurturing local democracy, building up people PRO-POOR POLICIESLOCAL DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE Just and peaceful world with safety and dignity for all Strengthening connectors for peace in other working areas Facilitation of public space for dialogue Strengthening individual and institutional capacities for peace CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION CROSSCUTTING TOPICS Downward Accountability Conflict Sensitivity working in conflict 15. Focus: Local Democratic Governance GOAL Inclusive decision-making on public affairs based on good governance principles and citizens co- responsibility. Accountability and responsiveness of the state towards the needs, priorities and rights of poor women and men. People: Active, informed citizens participate in & nurture local democracy, civic education, rights and responsibilities Institutions: Strengthening democratic institutions (councils, executive local government) and service providers Processes: Fostering decentralized planning and budgeting processes 16. Focus: Pro-Poor Policies Strengthen entire public policy cycle De facto and de jure question Rule of law, equality and non- discrimination essential for conflict prevention State as duty-bearer Multi-level approach Micro-macro linkages Strengthening civil society & media Increasing public accountability Access to justice GOAL Inclusive policies, based on human rights, contribute to social cohesion, justice and sustainable development. 17. Focus: Conflict Transformation Strengthening individual and institutional capacities for peace Supporting local initiatives for peace Public space for dialogue Identifying and strengthening existing factors for constructive social change and non-violence GOAL Strengthened local actors, processes and structures, which enable the prevention of violent conflicts as well as the participatory and non-violent transformation or resolution of conflicts. Signature Project: Sri Lanka Con