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.

Asamblea General Anual de la FPVA y Congreso de Jóvenes Verdes de las Américas

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Los contrapartes de Green Forum en Guatemala han participado en la asamblea general de la Federación de Partidos Verdes de las Américas

Los pasados 14, 15, 16 y 17 de noviembre, se celebró en República Dominicana un encuentro en el marco de la Reunión de la Asamblea General Anual de la Federación de Partidos Verdes de las Américas –FPVA-; donde participaron los delegados de la Asamblea General así como una delegación de jóvenes. El encuentro consistió en la realización de 3 eventos: Los días 14 y 15 se celebró el Congreso del Partido Socialista Verde, del país anfitrión Republica Dominicana, con el lema “Una Mirada Verde, Para Una Isla Verde”. Los días 16 y 17 y de forma paralela se celebraron los otros dos eventos que fueron la Asamblea General Anual de la FPVA y el Congreso de Jóvenes Verdes de las Américas con delegación de los siguientes países: Brasil, Canadá, Chile, Colombia, Estados Unidos, Guatemala, México, Nicaragua, República Dominicana y Venezuela. Países ausentes: Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica y Perú.

La agenda de la Asamblea General de la FPVA incluyó una reforma de estatutos, así como cada país presentó un informe de la situación política y de desarrollo de su partido, en especial resultados obtenidos de las elecciones celebradas durante el 2015; destacando importantes resultados y en aumento los partidos verdes de México y Colombia. También se dio la elección de la Coordinadora de la FPVA compuesto por 3 copresidentes quedando electos: Colombia, Brasil y México. Carlos Ramón González de Colombia fue elegido Copresidente Ejecutivo. Al mismo tiempo se eligieron los 3 vicepresidentes que acompañan a los Copresidentes.  Guatemala (Matilde Baján) salió electa como vicepresidente de Brasil. También se eligieron varias Secretarias Temáticas entre ellas: de la Mujer, de la Juventud, de Naciones Originarias y Pueblos Indígenas, de Derechos Humanos, Justicia Social y Paz, de Cambio Climático.

La Asamblea General produjo dos declaraciones: la primera la Declaración contra el terrorismo a raíz del atentado en Paris y la segunda la Declaración de Punta Cana de la FPVA. En el caso del Congreso de los Jóvenes, donde Guatemala tuvo una delegación incluyó la presentación de un informe por país de la situación política de los jóvenes y del partido. Por primera vez se elige una coordinadora que quedó integrada por los países: Colombia, Canadá, Venezuela y Brasil. María Isabel Moreno joven diputada del Partido Alianza Verde de Colombia, fue elegida como su enlace en la Asamblea, ocupando con ello la Secretaría de la Juventud de la FPVA. El Congreso de los jóvenes produjo una declaración de Punta Cana. El grupo mantiene una comunicación por las redes desde donde darán seguimiento a una agenda estratégica a desarrollar. Guatemala tiene la responsabilidad de la Secretaría de Comunicación a cargo de Rodrigo Ramírez

En la clausura del encuentro, las delegaciones participantes reiteraron su solidaridad con las víctimas de los hechos violentos de París y condenaron dichos ataques; mientras expresaron la importancia de que los gobiernos inviertan más recursos para contrarrestar los efectos del cambio climático y contaminación ambiental.

African Greens Federation president on BBC HARDtalk

Frank Habineza talks about the political situation in Rwanda