Partner countries and regions of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) identified a strong need for better coordination of funding sources, increased knowledge of funding opportunities among project promoters and improved strategic planning for regional development. With the Donors’ Conference Framework, Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation” provides guidance and recommendations for establishing a platform for exchange and coordination on public and private funding. The framework is expected to be further replicated in the Danube Region.
AIM OF THE DONORS’ CONFERENCES
The Donors’ Conferences are a platform for:
- furthering the exchange between public and private funding programmes and project promoters
- supporting a more strategic use of funding (e.g. better alignment of funds; prioritising of project ideas)
- facilitating communication and coordination among public and private funding programmes and instruments
HOW IT STARTED
The idea of the framework was created based on the results from the National Participation Days and lessons learnt from Priority Area 10’s pilot initiative Danube Financing Dialogue as well as based on the findings of the pilot Donors’ Conference in Chisinau (MD) in 2017 – the “Danube Financing and Capacity Building Dialogue”. The format was jointly developed by Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation”, the Danube Civil Society Forum (DCSF) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova. The latter was the host of the first Donors’ Conference in Chisinau (MD) in October 2017.
- Politicians and public administration responsible for regional development
- Public funding programmes (e.g.: EU programmes, programmes from national development cooperation agencies, UN organisations and other international organisations, national/regional funding programmes; National Banks)
- Private funding programmes (e.g.: Foundations, private banks, crowd funding initiatives)
- NGOs/Civil Society Organisations; regional and local public administrations and service providers; research and academia; SMEs; other project promoters
DONORS’ CONFERENCE FRAMEWORK – PAPER
With this paper, Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation” seeks to provide guidance and recommendations for establishing a platform for exchange and coordination on public and private funding, increased knowledge of funding opportunities among project promoters and improved strategic planning for regional development. Public administrations, civil society organisations, regional or international organisations in the Danube Region that are interested to increase capacities for regional development and project implementation are encouraged to take up the Donors’ Conference Framework concept for further replication.
The Donors’ Conference Framework – Annex (PDF, 1.2 MB)
- Seminar “Expanding Civic Space” – Donors’ Conference | 16 October 2018 | Sofia
- 2nd Donors’ Conference “Danube Financial and Capacity Building Dialogue” | 3 October 2018 | Odessa
- Danube Financing and Capacity Building Dialogue | 26-27 October 2017 | Chisinau
The Donors’ Conference Framework is part of the Framework for institutional capacity of Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation” that addresses better alignment and use of funds with special regards to institutional capacity building. The framework therefore covers two aspects: better coordination between European Structural and Investment Funds dealing with institutional capacity building and macro-regional strategies and better coordination between public and private donors and project promoters, especially in non-EU countries.
This initiative contributes to the following Actions of Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation”:
- Action: To combat institutional capacity and public service related problems in the Danube Region
- Action: To improve the trust of citizens and stakeholders in political authorities
- Action: To ensure sufficient information flow and exchange at all levels.
- Action: To review bottlenecks relating to the low absorption rate of EU funds and to ensure better coordination of funding.
- Action: To examine the feasibility of Danube Investment framework.