Invitación para nuevos socios

  1. Introducción

El movimiento político verde cada vez gana más relevancia en respuesta a múltiples crisis globales y locales. La “ola verde” hace un llamado a nuestras sociedades para avanzar hacia un futuro sostenible. Sin embargo, el impacto político que tienen los verdes a nivel mundial sigue siendo relativamente modesto. Creemos que partidos  verdes institucionalmente fuertes y capaces son clave para convertir la actual crisis de salud, económica, democrática y ambiental en una oportunidad para construir sociedades resilientes y justas dentro de los límites planetarios.

Green Forum busca potenciales nuevos socios[1] en Europa del Este, África y América Latina. El propósito de esta convocatoria es el de apoyar a organizaciones políticas verdes en la búsqueda de una mayor influencia política dentro de sus respectivos contextos. Si usted es una organización con una agenda política centrada en la ideología verde, podría ser elegible para convertirse en socio de Green Forum

  1. Asociación con Green Forum

La asociación con Green Forum implica diálogo y colaboración para aumentar la influencia política de su organización a través de iniciativas de fortalecimiento organizacional.

Para ello, Green Forum necesita comprender qué valores defiende su organización a quién representa, cómo opera y qué áreas organizativas podrían beneficiarse del apoyo del Green Forum. Una vez completado el diálogo organizacional, es posibe desarrollar un acuerdo de asociación centrado en una o más de las siguientes áreas:

  1. Mejora de la capacidad de gestionar y atraer a los miembros;
  2. Estructuras reforzadas, incluida la democracia interna y los sistemas organizativos internos;
  3. Capacidad mejorada para cooperar y crear alianzas;
  4. Fortalecimiento de la comunicación externa;
  5. Desarrollo de políticas y planificación;

Las asociaciones pueden variar en términos de tipo y alcance de financiamiento: Green Forum puede brindar oportunidades de desarrollo de capacidades, eventos de networking con otros partidos y actores verdes, así como apoyo financiero de hasta 250 000 SEK en etapa inicial. Las actividades / proyectos financiados pueden variar desde el apoyo para desarrollo de políticas basadas en evidencia, hasta el establecimiento de procedimientos democráticos internos, según los desafíos y prioridades de trabajo del solicitante.

  1. Criterios de elegibilidad

Se invita a las organizaciones políticas ecológicas o los partidos que trabajan en los países de Europa del Este, América Latina o África a postularse para asociarse.

  1. Proceso de asociación

El proceso para el desarrollo de asociaciones se presenta a continuación:

 

i. Invitación y solicitud de asociación

Se invita a las organizaciones interesadas en asociarse con Green Forum a completar el formulario de solicitud  antes del 15 de Agosto de 2021

ii. Sesión informativa en línea

Green Forum organizará una sesión de información en línea el 23 de julio, para aquellos que tengan la intención de enviar una solicitud de asociación y tengan preguntas sobre el proceso o sus elementos. Si su organización está interesada en asistir a la sesión de información, puede enviar un mensaje al correo electrónico victor@greenforum.se indicando «Sesión de información de Green Forum» en su asunto antes del 21 de julio, después de lo cual le enviaremos instrucciones sobre cómo conectarse a la sesión en linea.

iii. Cierre de aplicaciones.

Organizaciones interesadas deberan enviar su informacion con fecha máxima 15 de Agosto de 2021.

iv. Decisión sobre continuación de proceso

Después de recibir los formularios completados, Green Forum revisará las solicitudes y un oficial de Green Forum comunicará a los solicitantes el estado de su solicitud. Si su organización cumple con los criterios iniciales, Green Forum se pondrá en contacto con la organización para un diálogo extendido

 v. Diálogo extendido

El diálogo extendido busca aprender más unos de otros, comprender la organización y determinar si la posible asociación cumple con expectativas realistas tanto para el socio potencial como para Green Forum. El diálogo será en línea.

vi. Visita a socio potencial

El último paso del dialogo será una vista de GF in situ: la gerencia de Green Forum visitará la organización en persona para completar el proceso de evaluación.

vii. Decisión para desarrollo de proyecto

En esta etapa, los oficiales de Green Forum junto con el socio solicitante concretarán y desarrollarán la propuesta de proyecto basándose en el prioridades y necesidades del potencial socio.

Una vez completados todos los pasos de este proceso, Green Forum estará en condiciones de establecer asociación con la organización solicitante. La asociación debe ser aprobada por la directiva de Green Forum después de lo cual se firmará el acuerdo de asociación.

viii. Decisión para desarrollo de proyecto

En febrero de 2022, el proyecto estará listo para comenzar.

 

  1. Formulario de aplicación

Green Forum invita a todas las organizaciones interesadas a revisar la documentación y enviar cualquier pregunta a Green Forum. GF está listo para apoyar a organizaciones en diferentes etapas de desarrollo y anima a todas las organizaciones interesadas a postular, sea cual sea su nivel de desarrollo organizacional.

Favor notar que la aplicación tiene 6 secciones (32 preguntas) y no guarda automaticamente las respuestas hasta que el formulario haya sido finalizado. Recomendamos revisar el cuestionario en el siguiente archivo y preparer sus respuestas antes de hacerlo en línea. Descargue el cuestionario AQUÍ.

Encuentre el formulario de solicitud AQUÍ.

La fecha límite para completar el formulario es el 15 de agosto de 2021.

[1] Nuevo socio: Organizaciones que no han establecido convenios de cooperacion con Green Forum en el pasado.

Invitation for New Partnerships

The Green political movement is consistently gaining more relevance in response to multiple global and local crises. The “green wave” is loudly reminding our societies to move towards a sustainable future. However, the political impact Greens are making globally is still relatively modest. Therefore, Green Forum, as a political foundation are committed to enhancing green political organizations’ potential and influence. We believe that together with institutionally strong and mature Green parties as well as with green political organizations we can turn our ongoing health, economic, democratic and environmental crisis into a great opportunity to build resilient and just societies within the planetary boundaries.

Green Forum is now reaching out to potential new partners[1] in  Africa, Eastern Europe[2],  and Latin America. The purpose of this call is to stimulate green political organizations in seeking increased political influence within their respective contexts. If you are an organization with a political agenda centered around the green ideology, you might be eligible to become a Green Forum partner.

Partnership Concept:

Partnering with Green Forum entails dialogue and collaboration to increase political influence of your organization through organizational strengthening initiatives.

For this, Green Forum needs to understand what your organization stands for, how it operates, and which organizational areas could benefit from the Green Forum support. Once the in-depth organizational dialogue is completed, a partnership agreement focusing on one or more of the following areas/objectives can be developed:

  1. Improved capacity of managing and engaging membership;
  2. Strengthened structures including internal democracy and internal organizational systems;
  3. Improved ability to cooperate and create alliances;
  4. Strengthened external communication;
  5. Refined policy & programming work;

Partnerships can vary in terms of type as well as scope of funding: Green Forum can provide capacity development opportunities, networking events with other green parties and green actors, as well financial support with up to 250 000 SEK in the beginning stage.  Funded activities /projects can vary from evidence-based policy development to setting internal democratic procedures in place – depending on the applicant’s needs, challenges and working priorities.

Eligibility Criteria:

Green Political organizations or parties working in the countries of Eastern Europe, Latin America, or Africa are invited to apply for partnership.

Partnership process

The process for partnership development has been drafted below:

 

 

1.       New Partnership invitation & application

Organisations interested in partnership with Green Forum are invited to fill in the application form/Data Sheet before 15th August 2021.

2.       Online info session

Green Forum will organize an online info session on July 23rd, for those intending to submit a partnership application who might have questions about the process or its elements. If your organization is interested in attending the info-session you can send a message to the email victor@greenforum.se indicating “Green Forum Info-session” in its subject by July 21st , after which we will send you instructions on how to connect to the web streamed session.

3.        Reviewing the information submitted.

After receiving the filled-in forms, Green Forum will review the applications and a Green Forum officer will communicate to the applicants the status of the application. If your organization fulfils the first criteria, Green Forum will contact the organization for a further dialogue.

4.        Further Dialogue

Further dialogue includes the process of feasibility assessment with the applicant. The objective of the assessment is to learn more about each other, to understand the organization and to determine if the possible partnership fulfils realistic expectations for both, the potential partner and Green Forum. The dialogue will be online.

5.        On-site Visit

Successful feasibility assessment will be followed by on-site visits: Green Forum management will visit the organization in person to complete the assessment process.

6.       Pursue partnership and develop project

In this stage Green Forum project officers together with the partner applicant will concretize and develop the final project proposal based on the partner organization’s development plan.

Upon completion of all steps of this process, Green Forum will be in the position to pursue a partnership with the applicant organization. The partnership needs to be approved by the Green Forum board, after which the partnership agreement will be signed. In February 2022 the project will be ready to kick off.

 

Green Forum invites all interested organizations to review the documentation, and to address any questions to Green Forum. GF is ready to support organizations in different stages of development and encourages all organizations, whatever their level of development, to contact our foundation.

Click here to open the application form 

The deadline for filling in the form is 15th August, 2021.

Please note that the application form has 6 sections (32 questions), and it does not automatically save your answers until you submit the whole form. Therefore, if you would like to prepare your application beforehand, we recommend to download This PDF document.

[1] New partner:  a political organization that has not received any funding from Green Forum before.

[2] Eastern Europe:  countries of  the Eastern Partnership, as well as Western Balkans and Turkey.

 

Green Forum is looking for an evaluator for Democracy Support project in Albania

Terms of Reference

Mid Term Project Evaluation

Democracy Strengthening, Albania

 

  1. Background

1.1 Green Forum

Green Forum is a Party Affiliated Organization affiliated to the Swedish Green Party. Green Forum believes green political organizations are key to support the transition to sustainable democratic societies. Internationally, it works through SIDA´S democracy support programme, pursuing democratic development and increased respect for human rights and equal opportunities for men and women.  Since its establishment, Green Forum has supported movements in Africa, Latin America, Europe as well as green Federations in Asia-Pacific, Africa, America and Europe.

1.2 Context

In 2019, Green Forum and SIDA agreed on a two-year programme, with an overarching goal of strengthening organizations’ capacity to develop their membership base through inclusion and diversification as well as strengthening organizations’ ability to position citizens demands in politics. The programme is labeled as GPOP – Green Political Organizations Programme.  To achieve GPOP goals, Green Forum would apply sub-granting, capacity building activities, networking, and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning between green actors. To instrumentalize its support, Green Forum established individual projects with each of its partners. Each partner develops its own project and receives funding to implement its initiative.

In 2020, SIDA decided to extend the programme for two more years until 2022. Green Forum and its partners have extended individual projects two additional years following SIDAs decision.

  1. Assignment

2.1 Purpose of the assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to evaluate to what extent the project with Green Forum’s partner in Albania has been able to achieve outcomes with the project implemented between 2019 and  2020. Outcomes shall be understood as a change in behavior, relationships, actions, activities, policies, or practices of an individual, group, community, organization. The evaluation must provide a clear assessment about achievement of expected and unexpected outcomes, a theory of change to explain how the activities lead to the achieved of outcomes, or factors that prevented it.

It is intended for the evaluation to determine:

 

  • Relevance:
    • Extent to which the project was consistent with contextual needs
    • Extent to which the intervention logic was adequate to deliver the expected results.
    • and whether the activities proposed were adequate to achieve outcomes
  • Outcomes:
    • Identification of outcomes achieved, expected or unexpected throughout the project, expressed in terms of change.
    • How where these outcomes achieved.
    • Identification of groups or individuals who benefited from the intervention. Identification of how different target groups / beneficiaries experienced the change achieved.
  • Sustainability:
    • How did the project incorporate sustainability, understood as results being maintained beyond the timeline of the project? Are the results likely to remain in time after the completion of the project?
  • Lessons learnt:
    • What did the local partner learn about the implementation of the project?
    • How can the partner use this knowledge to implement future projects?
  • Partnership model:
    • Is the partnership model used by Green Forum appropriate to promote change within the objectives of GPOP .
  • Project inclusiveness
    • Is the overall project management inclusive, transparent, gender-sensitive, and human-rights based.

2.2 Scope of the assignment

The evaluation will focus on the outcomes and activities implemented by Green Forum’s local partner in Albania. The expected outcomes of the project were:

 

  1. Increased knowledge of local and central leading structures on most relevant 17 sustainable Development Goals;
  2. Increased public awareness through website, published materials and social and public media;
  3. Increased and maintained membership;
  4. Preparedness to approach its constituencies;
  5. Increased role of women, youth, and civil society in regional political life of AGP.

The project has been implemented in a two-year period (2019-2020). Adjustment to the project given COVID pandemic occurred within 2020.

2.3 Methodology

The evaluation will be carried out by the consultant in coordination Green Forum staff. Green Forum will provide available documentation including project plans, reports and other relevant information.

It is suggested for the evaluation to take on an Outcome Harvesting approach where the evaluator is to interact with different target groups / individuals to understand how the project has changed attitude and behavior.

Consultants must submit a methodological proposal for the development of the evaluation. Documentation required is specified in the section below. The successful proposal will be a departing point for a detailed work plan. The plan will be developed after the consultant has been briefed about the project and accessed documentation. The work plan must be approved by Green Forum before data collection takes place.

The evaluation approach should be gender and human rights sensitive. Data disaggregation with relevant categories for the project is expected in evaluation report.

The assignment is home-based. The consultant shall be available for coordination and presentation meetings. Meetings can be held remotely/online. Communication with Green Forum will be carried out in English while communication with field partners is expected in Albanian.

2.4 Deliverables

The Consultant is to complete the following deliverables during the assignment;

  • A detailed work plan, including a description of the approach and methodology, data collection tools, questionnaires, analyzing tools and timeframe proposed.
  • A written evaluation report including methodology, findings, conclusions and recommendations fulfilling purpose of the evaluation described in 2.1. The final evaluation report shall be in English and shall not exceed 20 pages excluding appendices.
  • An oral report, presenting main highlights of evaluation.

It is expected for the evaluation to be carried out in a 10-week period. However, the final report must be submitted the June 30th , 2021 the latest. The delivery of the evaluation products shall be done accordingly the following schedule:

 

ITEM DESCRIPTION EXPECTED DATE
Evaluation workplan Detailed document including data collection tools, questionnaires to be applied, time frame and further requirements Within the first two weeks from the beginning of assignment
First draft written report Evaluation report including full content, relevant figures and findings Within seven weeks from the beginning of the assignment
Second draft written report Evaluation report incorporating feedback from Green Forum Within nine weeks from the

beginning of the assignment

Final version written report and oral report Final evaluation report complying with Green Forum’s requirements Within ten weeks from the beginning of the assignment

 

  1. Budget

The budget for the consultancy shall not exceed 100000 SEK excluding VAT

3.1 Fees

The Consultant shall indicate the fees/rates to complete the assignment. Consultant is responsible for all costs related to the consultancy.

3.2 Payment

The final payment will be made by bank transfer 30 days after delivery by consultant and deliverable approval by Green Forum. Payments will also require invoice issuing by the consultant.

  1. Qualifications and experience

The consultant shall have the following qualifications:

  • Relevant education for the task, for example bachelor/master’s degree in international development, social/political science or related fields.
  • At least 5 years of combined experience in project management, organizational development and/or monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability with data collection and analysis methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to draft and lay out quality documents and reports.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English and Albanian.
  • Not be bankrupt, be convicted of crime in the profession, not have been guilty of serious professional misconduct nor have tax liabilities. Swedish suppliers shall have a class F tax certificate for contractors.

Preferred:

  • Experience in working in South-East Europe, desirable in Albania
  • Experience evaluating/working with political organizations.

 

  1. Documentation required

Interested individuals must submit the following documentation:

  1. Letter of interest and CV. Presentation of relevant experience and abilities as well as qualifications. Max 3 pages.
  2. Methodological Proposal. Plan outlining evaluation methods (both quantitative and qualitative) to be used for data collection and analysis. Max 2 pages.
  3. Economic proposal. Proposal specifying a lump sum for the deliverables required in this document. All costs shall be given in Swedish kronor, excluding VAT.

 

  1. Procurement procedures

6.1 Selection criteria

The tender is subject to a selective tender procedure. The TOR will be sent to three or more selected consultants. The tenders will be assessed considering the following aspects.

  • The contents of the tender (that all the required information is enclosed, otherwise the tender will be disqualified)
  • The qualifications and experience of the tenderer including experience from working within the development sector and South-Eastern Europe/Albania (20%)
  • The methodology and approach proposed (50%)
  • The cost for the tender (30%)

Proposal review will be assessed through a Combined Scoring Method base on above percentages. The successful consultant will be selected by Green Forum.

6.2 Tendering

The tender containing all required information will be submitted to Green Forum by email to the following address info@greenforum.se at the latest March 24th , 2021. Subject in the email should read “Evaluation Albania”.

Questions regarding the evaluation will be received via email to sopho@greenforum.se or phone: +381621506913 before March 19th , 2021.

 

 

 

Green Forum is looking for an evaluator for Democracy Support project in Guatemala

Terms of Reference

Mid Term Project Evaluation

Democracy Strengthening, Guatemala

 

  1. Background

1.1 Green Forum

Green Forum is a Party Affiliated Organization affiliated to the Swedish Green Party. Green Forum believes green organizations are key to support the transition to sustainable democratic societies. Internationally, it works through SIDA´S democracy support programme, pursuing democratic development and increased respect for human rights and equal opportunities for men and women.  Since its establishment, Green Forum has supported movements in Africa, Latin America, Europe as well as green Federations in Asia-Pacific, Africa, America and Europe.

1.2 Context

In 2019, Green Forum and SIDA agreed on a two-year programme, with an overarching goal of strengthening partner’s organizations capacity to develop their membership base through inclusion and diversifity as well as strengthening organizations’ ability to position citizens demands. To achieve these goals, Green Forum would apply sub-granting, capacity building activities, networking, and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning between green actors. To instrumentalize its support, Green Forum established individual projects with each of its partners. Each partner develops its own project and receives funding to implement its initiative.

In 2020, SIDA decided to extend the programme for two more years until 2022. Green Forum and its partners have extended individual projects two additional years following SIDAs decision.

  1. Assignment

2.1 Purpose of the assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to evaluate to what extent the project with Green Forum’s partner in Guatemala has been able to achieve outcomes of the project implemented between 2019 and 2020. Outcomes shall be understood as a change in behavior, relationships, actions, activities, policies, or practices of an individual, group, community or organization. The evaluation must provide a clear assessment about achievement of expected and unexpected outcomes, a theory of change to explain how the activities lead to the achieved outcomes, or factors that prevented it.

It is intended for the evaluation to determine:

  • Relevance:
    • Extent to which the project was consistent with contextual needs
    • Extent to which the intervention logic was adequate to deliver the expected results.
    • and whether the activities proposed were adequate to achieve outcomes
  • Outcomes:
    • Identification of outcomes achieved, expected or unexpected throughout the project, expressed in terms of change.
    • How where these outcomes achieved.
    • Identification of groups or individuals who benefited from the intervention. Identification of how different target groups / beneficiaries experienced the change achieved.
  • Sustainability:
    • How did the project incorporate sustainability, understood as results being maintained beyond the timeline of the project? Are the results likely to remain in time after the completion of the project?
  • Lessons learnt:
    • What did the local partner learn about the implementation of the project?
    • How can the partner use this knowledge to implement future projects?
  • Partnership model:
    • Is the partnership model used by Green Forum appropriate to promote change within the objectives of the programme .
  • Project inclusiveness
    • Is the overall project management inclusive, transparent, gender-sensitive, and human-rights based.

2.2 Scope of the assignment

The evaluation will focus on the outcomes and activities implemented by Green Forum’s local partner in Guatemala. The expected outcomes of the project were:

  1. Provide tools and knowledge to a group of trainers through “Train the trainers” methodology in all the selected regions of the country.
  2. Identification of regional and municipal leaders, commited to the wellbeing of their communities through local development to strengthen democracy in the country.

The project has been implemented in a two-year period (2019-2020). Adjustment to the project given COVID pandemic occurred within 2020.

2.3 Methodology

The evaluation will be carried out by the consultant in coordination with Green Forum staff. Green Forum will provide available documentation including project plans, reports and other relevant information.

It is suggested for the evaluation to take on an Outcome Harvesting approach, or similar, where the evaluator is to interact with different target groups / individuals to understand how the project has changed attitude and behavior.

Consultants must submit a methodological proposal for the development of the evaluation. Documentation required is specified in the section below. The successful proposal will be a departing point for a detailed work plan. The plan will be developed after the consultant has been briefed about the project and accessed documentation. The work plan must be approved by Green Forum before data collection takes place.

The evaluation approach should be gender and human rights sensitive. Data disaggregation with relevant categories for the project is expected in evaluation report.

The assignment is home-based. The consultant shall be available for coordination and presentation meetings. Meetings can be held remotely/online. Communication with Green Forum will be carried out in English while communication with field partners will be done in Spanish.

2.4 Deliverables

The Consultant is to complete the following deliverables during the assignment;

  • A detailed work plan, including a description of the approach and methodology, data collection tools, questionnaires, analyzing tools and timeframe proposed.
  • A written evaluation report including methodology, findings, conclusions and recommendations fulfilling purpose of the evaluation described in 2.1. The final evaluation report shall be in English and shall not exceed 20 pages excluding appendices.
  • An oral report, presenting main highlights of evaluation.

It is expected for the evaluation to be carried out in a 10-week period. However, the final report must be submitted the June 30st, 2021 the latest. The delivery of the evaluation products shall be done accordingly the following schedule:

 

ITEM

DESCRIPTION EXPECTED DATE
Evaluation workplan Detailed document including data collection tools, questionnaires to be applied, time frame and further requirements Within the first two weeks from the beginning of assignment
First draft written report Evaluation report including full content, relevant figures and findings Within seven weeks from the beginning of the assignment
Second draft written report Evaluation report incorporating feedback from Green Forum Within nine weeks from the

beginning of the assignment

Final version written report and oral report Final evaluation report complying with Green Forum’s requirements

Within ten weeks from the beginning of the assignment

 

  1. Budget

The budget for the consultancy shall not exceed 100.000 SEK excluding VAT.

3.1 Fees

The Consultant shall indicate the fees/rates to complete the assignment. Consultant is responsible for all costs related to the consultancy.

3.2 Payment

The final payment will be made by bank transfer 30 days after delivery by consultant and deliverable approval by Green Forum. Payments will also require invoice issuing by the consultant.

  1. Qualifications and experience

The consultant shall have the following qualifications:

  • Relevant education for the task, for example bachelor/master’s degree in international development, social/political science or related fields.
  • At least 5 years of combined experience in project management, organizational development and/or monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability with data collection and analysis methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to draft and lay out quality documents and reports.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written Spanish and English.
  • Not be bankrupt, be convicted of crime in the profession, not have been guilty of serious professional misconduct nor have tax liabilities. Swedish suppliers shall have a class F tax certificate for contractors.

Preferred:

  • Experience in working in Latin America, desirable in Guatemala
  • Experience evaluating/working with membership-based organizations.

 

  1. Documentation required

Interested individuals must submit the following documentation:

  1. Letter of interest and CV. Presentation of relevant experience and abilities as well as qualifications. Max 3 pages.
  2. Methodological Proposal. Plan outlining evaluation methods (both quantitative and qualitative) to be used for data collection and analysis. Max 2 pages.
  3. Economic proposal. Proposal specifying a lump sum for the deliverables required in this document. All costs shall be given in Swedish kronor, excluding VAT.

 

  1. Procurement procedures

6.1 Selection criteria

The tender is subject to a selective tender procedure. The TOR will be sent to three or more selected consultants. The tenders will be assessed considering the following aspects.

  • The contents of the tender (that all the required information is enclosed, otherwise the tender will be disqualified)
  • The qualifications and experience of the tenderer including experience from working within the development sector and Latin America/Guatemala (20%)
  • The methodology and approach proposed (50%)
  • The cost for the tender (30%)

Proposal review will be assessed through a Combined Scoring Method base on above percentages. The successful consultant will be selected by Green Forum.

6.2 Tendering

The tender containing all required information will be submitted to Green Forum by email to the following address info@greenforum.se at the latest March 24th, 2021. Subject in the email should read “Evaluation Guatemala”.

Questions regarding the evaluation will be received via email to victor@greenforum.se or phone: +46760511930 before March 19th , 2021.

Green Forum empowers a new generation of African politicians

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Anna Mate is interviewing interested candidates for participation in the Programme for Young Politicians in Africa.

After a year of meticulous preparations, Green Forum is happy to announce that the Program for Young Politicians (PYPA) in Africa is now starting up in Zambia and Malawi. PYPA is a multi-party political academy that aims to build the capacity of young politicians to take up leadership positions in their respective parties and hence deepen democracy and advance the position of young people in Africa.

This innovative program, funded by the Swedish government, started back in 2012 as a collaborative effort between three Swedish party affiliated organizations – the Christian Democratic International Center, the Olof Palme International Center and the Centre Party International Foundation, who are implementing the program in different sub-regions in Africa. Since 2016, Green Forum is part of this multi-party team and will be responsible for implementing the program in two new countries: Zambia and Malawi.

The timing could not have been better. Zambia recently concluded its national elections in where many people that contested were from the older generation and where the incumbent party, the Patriotic Front was declared winner. The election results have however been contested by UPND, the main opposition party who was beaten with only 50.35 percent. The candidates of the two rivaling parties are not on speaking terms and prospects of reconciliation between are low at the moment. Likewise in Malawi, Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party won the disputed 2014 polls with a 36.4 percent victory beating his two closest rivals Lazarus Chakwera, who won 27.8 percent, and outgoing president Joyce Banda who won 20.2 percent. The Malawian election was dominated by chaos, a symbol of a crippled democratic process.

But there is light in the tunnel. In late November Green Forum together with its implementing partner Young African Leaders Initiative, YALI, will gather 44 young promising leaders from 14 political parties in Malawi and Zambia for a two weeks intensive Training Session on topics such as democratic governance, party ideology, conflict resolution, leadership, gender and much more.

According to Anna Mate, PYPA-coordinator at YALI the program will greatly inspire young Africans in Zambia and Malawi “our government hardly has any programs that seek to build young people’s capacity for leadership. Therefore, this training will place our generation’s youth on the pedestal to good leadership prospects for better governance”.

In both Zambia and Malawi, young people face difficulties in taking part in decision making both due to discriminatory attitudes towards youth but also due to lack of qualifications to hold key positions in government. PYPA therefore fills this void by equipping the youth in Zambia and Malawi with the necessary training that will have governments recognize their abilities.

In Malawi and Zambia just as in many other African countries youth have been used as a tool for political violence during elections by older politicians. According to Anna Mate at YALI “this program is the perfect eye opener for many youths to see that their place in the governance system transcends the bottom of the barrel and that with the necessary skills and training provided by PYPA, they will claim their place in leadership”.

/Maria Jacobson

PYPA coordinator at Green Forum 

Green Forum speeks up about the SDGs

In a local newspaper in Sweden during Human Rights Days, Green Forum argues for the importance of local political responsibility together with international support for the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals. The headline is: Sustainable development is a Human rights issue.

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Fighting for the city in Belgrade

On my first day of arrival in Belgrade I went to a protest in the city center. The movement has been going on since last year but got new momentum in late april this year after a violent eviction. The eviciton wasn’t legal and has been questioned by Serbian PM Vucic. Demands that the responsible for the eviction should resign and a call for more transparency gathered up to 25 000 people on the streets of Belgrade. That is quite a lot for a country who hasn’t had that much people on the streets during the last decade.

– The movement is out of great importance for the civil society in Serbia, but for its continuation choosing a political direction is crucial. Even though the initiative is against the entire project, demands are remaining the same from one protest to another: a resignation of the city authorities. This is not enough and even if the demands are fulfilled, that would not solve the main issue because people are tired of non-transparency of decisions out of their direct concern. In the end, people want to have a voice on how their city and country is built, and corrupted and manipulative government doesn’t really help it, says Katarina Pavlovic from CDN, one of the Green Forum project partners.

The protest centers around a proposed building project under the name Belgrade Waterfront.  The project consists of a tall building resembling one of the superstructures in Dubai. But it also involves the whole area Savamala by the river Sava and the surrounding buildings. Belgrade Waterfront is seen as a boost for the local economy but what often follows from these projects is that the project budget bleeds and makes the city pay for a lot more of the costs than they had counted with. In Sweden New Karolinska Hospital is an example of that.

The name of the movement Ne da(vi)mo Beograd literally translates to “We won’t let Belgrade d(r)own”. It’s a hint towards the actual problems that escalating climate change will pose to Waterfront Belgrade. Since no definite plans on the project exists local political actors can not examine the problems related to increased flow in river Sava. During the floods on the western balkans in 2014, Sava had extremly high flow and the area closest to the river is by law forbidden to build on. Most likely Belgrade as well as other cities close to water will face more of these problems with escalating climate change.

The Young Greens in Serbia are working together with other groups of making the Ne Davimo movement more political to be able to withstand in the political debate. Citizens movements are getting more and more attention and the political parties are rarely good at adapting to the movements.

– Politization of the protest is possible, but it is uncertain in which direction. The initiative is most likely trying to keep the massiveness of the protest and therefore not taking direction, even though there is a clear demand for it from the certain protests’ fractions. We expect to find it out in the next couple of months, says Katarina Pavlovic.

/Albin Arleskär

Intern at Green Forum

Convenor of International committé of Young Greens of Sweden

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/dec/10/belgrade-waterfront-gulf-petrodollars-exclusive-waterside-development

Greens ran in parliamentary elections in Belarus

The green party in Belarus, the Belgreens, ran in the parliamentary elections on September 11. You can read their statement on the recent elections here:  statement-on-parlamentary-elections-in-belarus

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Gender equality as a way to sustainability

Ecological and social sustainability requires an equal and inclusive society

Around the world, the parliamentary arm of the green movement has its strength in the broad support from the civil society and its strong grass roots, which share the same view on the need for systemic change. In many countries, the green parties gets both praise and criticism from the green part of the civil society. This help them to reach out with the green ideas, and to find incentives to sharpen their green policies even more.

Just think about the uphill struggle that would be faced for the green issues if there would be no organizations as Greenpeace, Friends of the earth etc. that could shape public opinion and contribute to the creation of independent ideas. Just as the workers movement is essential for the social democracy, the green movement is essential for green policy.

Members of the Georgian Young Greens (GeYG) say that the broad support from civil society that exists in other places such as Sweden, doesn’t exist to the same extent in Georgia. There are plenty of supporters of a better environment and clean air, the fight against deforestation and littering. However, there is a lack of systemic critique and alternative models, which is central for the parliamentary arm of the green movement. Especially when it comes to the holistic view of society, where ecological and social sustainability requires an equal and inclusive society. Therefore, at the same time as there is a need for GeYG to sharpen their concrete policies, they have to spread their ideas into a solid grass root movement, for inclusion and capacity as a green movement.

Alla Parunova is the spokesperson for GeYG, but she also runs the feminist working group of the organization that is supposed to strengthen their capacity as a feminist actor. To the question about why GeYG is such important for Georgia, especially due to the fact that they are one of few organizations that focus on gender issues, she says:

-We are important for Georgia, first of all because of the political vision, which highlights the importance of holistic analyses of the society. That makes the fight against an oppressive system more inclusive to such categories as gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, etc. It is also crucial to mention that GeYG is a feminist organization and we try to show the importance of intersectionality of categories that create new discourses on feminism in the Georgian society.

Especially when it comes to gender issues and feminism, GeYG are relative alone in Georgia as regards the inclusion of these aspects, which is essential for the green ideology. This shows that the GeYG are much needed. They are a voice that can connect the idea of a sustainable society with the inclusion of everyone, which is essential for sustainability. Sustainability requires trust, and if the opportunities are different from people to people, there are no sustainability to talk about. People in Georgia are, for good reasons, skeptical to politics in general. Therefore, GeYG is such an important actor for inclusiveness and progressiveness in a context where other organizations avoid questions such as gender and feminism. GeYG wants to strengthen an inclusive movement at the grass root level, which could be a requirement for sustainability, in the relation between social and ecological structures.

/Per Lundberg, Green Forum intern

Report from South Caucasus meeting

Strengthening the cooperation in the region

The annual regional meeting with participants from Southern-Caucasus was held in late october. It is a meeting to strengthen the cooperation in the region, and to support each other in their political struggles.

The theme was activism and how political participation works in the different countries of the region. The group consisted of activists from Azerbaijan and Armenia face suppression from the government and opposing the government is hard to do publicly, as well as activists from Georgia where democracy has made it easier to get your voice heard, but where it is still hard for green voices be heard in the mainstream public space.

Beside the Georgian Young Greens, various organizations represented themselves and how they reach out to the public space. For example, Vegans Georgia, presented themselves at the regional meeting. They spoke about their educational activities to promote a vegan lifestyle, how they push for amendments to legislation to save animals from suffering, running a vegan restaurant and about initiating various protests. There was also the Student Self-Organizing Movement, who presented their ambition to build a movement that can change the discourse in the society about issues such as environment, gender, democracy and education. They work hard on social inclusion and on the empowerment of people.

An LGBT activist in from Azerbaijan spoke about the difficulties they are facing in everyday activism and that you, for example, could suddenly be thrown out of the university or get sent to prison because of your activism and opposition against the government. Amongst other things he spoke about an organization he had been a part of called: the Civic Movement of Azerbaijan, which functions as an umbrella organization for various activists with different values that cooperate to be able to have more strength as an opposition. Everything from greens, leftists, LGBT activists to even some fascists.

-We simply had to stick together to be able to survive as an opposition. And it´s nice to be here at the regional meeting as a LGBT and green activist since I feel that I can express myself and share my thoughts more freely.

A strengthening aspect with the regional meeting is that regardless of conflicts in the region, geo-political intrigues or orientations, the participants all agreed on the strong bond between the people in the region and saw the borders as a social construct dividing them from fully cooperating to bring their values to fruition. The regional meeting shows a way to promote conversation and cooperation between borders; to share and unite the struggle for a pluralist, democratic and sustainable society in the region.