EU-CORD In-Country Forums are the go-to hub for networking, collaborations, capacity building and learning leading to successful donor engagements.

In-Country Forums are driven by the initiative of EU-CORD members, strategically identify countries or regions to deepen collaborative efforts. These forums provide a dynamic space for project collaboration, networking, knowledge-sharing, access to specialists, and the potential for joint donor funding coalitions. Once established, the forums are primarily organised by in-country members, convening multiple times a year to explore collaboration opportunities and facilitate learning. To join an existing forum, please refer to the corresponding email provided in each forum’s information section.

The interactive map below shows where our forums are working cross the world:

About each Forum

Bangladesh

Current Forum Leader: Strømme Foundation – Christian Neumann and Mizanur Bhuiyan

Email: BangladeshForum@eu-cord.org

Participating members:

  • Cord
  • Woord en Daad
  • ERIKS
  • Fida
  • The Leprosy Mission
DRC

Current Forum Leader: LM International – Bruno Kitoko

Email: DRC@eu-cord.org

Participating members:

  • PMU
  • Sign of Hope
  • Help a Child
  • Fida
  • Medair
Ethiopia

Current Forum Leader: LM International – Minbale Getachew

Email: EthiopiaForum@eu-cord.org

Participating members:

  • ZOA
  • Sign of Hope
  • Fida
  • Dorcas
  • MU
  • See You
  • ERIKs
  • The Leprosy Mission
Kenya

Current Forum Leader: LM International – Anders Jacobsen

Email: kenya@eu-cord.org

Participating members:

  • PMU
  • Sign of Hope
  • Help a Child
  • Fida
  • Dorcas
  • ERIKs
  • Tearfund Netherlands
  • MAF
Nepal

Current Forum Leader: Mission East – Alex Ramos-Pena and Ujjwal Amatya

Email: Nepal@eu-cord.org

Participating members:

  • Stromme Foundation
  • Fida
  • PMU
  • Leprosy Mission
Philippines

Current Forum Leader: Mission Alliance – Karin Riska

Email: Philippines@eu-cord.org

Participating members:

  • PMU
  • Woord en Daad
S.E. Asia

Current Forum Leader: Vacant

Email: SouthEastAsia@eu-cord.org

Participating members:

  • Mission Alliance
  • Leprosy Mission
  • LM International
  • Woord en Daad
  • MAF
  • ZOA
  • ERIKS
  • See You Foundation
  • Stromme Foundation
South Sudan

Current Forum Leader: LM International – Anders Jacobsen 

Email: SouthSudan@eu-cord.org

Participating members:

  • PMU
  • Sign of Hope
  • Help a Child
  • ZOA
  • Dorcas
  • ERIKS
  • Stromme Foundation
  • MAF
Uganda

Current Forum Leader: LM International – Juliet Namukasa 

Email: UgandaForum@eu-cord.org

Participating members:

  • ZOA
  • Sign of Hope
  • Fida
  • Woord en Daad
  • See You Foundation
  • Stromme Foundation
Ukraine

Current Forum Leader: PMU – Johanna Liljegren

Email: Ukraine@eu-cord.org

Participating members:

  • Kindness
  • LM International
  • ZOA
  • Fida
  • Hungarian Baptist Church
  • IAS Denmark
  • Madair
  • Sign of Hope
  • Mission East

FAQs

Purpose and Benefits

Q1: What is the purpose of the in-country forums?
A: The purpose of the in-country forums is to extend networking, collaborations, and skills acquisition to promote mutual understanding and partnership for the benefit of members and in-country operations.

Q2: How do networking and collaboration play a role in the forums?
A: Networking aims to expand in-country friendships, awareness, and engagement in areas of mutual interest. Collaborations are encouraged and supported where mutual benefits are recognised. Members and partners are encouraged to work together on areas of common interest.

Q3: How does skills acquisition contribute to the forums?
A: Through open and honest reflective exchanges, areas of strength and weakness will be shared, and opportunities for capacity strengthening will be identified. This can potentially lead to capacity-building initiatives.

Q4: How does the forum promote mutual understanding?
A: Open dialogue within the forum fosters mutual support for engaged members. Mutual understanding is developed in-country with the support of members and the Secretariat.

Q5: What are the benefits of participating in the in-country forums?
A: Benefits flow in both directions, creating win/win outcomes for all participants. Some likely areas where benefits can be found include:

In-country:
– Networking expands to include European members and in-country partners, increasing awareness of donors, intervention activities, and modes of operation.
– Collaborations are enabled through connections created around topics of mutual concern and interest.
– Capacities are increased through access to specialists, research, contacts, skills, knowledge, and experience.
– Effectiveness is increased through expanded capacities, attracting donors with the potential for larger-scale interventions.
– Consortia, with capacities, preparedness, and donor connections in place, can effectively respond to donor calls.
– Accountability is enabled through consortia governance structures that require reporting on developments.
– Waste is reduced as ineffective project developments and donor applications are avoided.

Benefits to Members:
– Networking is widened, increasing in-country awareness.
– Collaborations are enabled, leading to activities of mutual benefit, cost savings, and increased scale while building mutual support.
– Awareness is increased regarding activities of mutual interest and sharing of methodologies and approaches that work in different contexts.
– Connections with key central and local government stakeholders are improved through collaboration with other members and partners.
– Resilience of in-country interventions is increased through mutual support for programs.
– Effectiveness is increased through exchanges with others regarding experiences.
– Capacities are increased through access to specialists or those with key experience.

Secretariat Role

Q1. How can the EU-CORD secretariat help with the establishment of new forums? 
A. The secretariat can reach out to members to gauge their interest in engaging in the forum; create a collaborative workspace to facilitate the work of the forum, including group email and document storage. If needed, the secretariat can host initial virtual meetings (1-2) to assist the group in establishing itself.

Q2. How will the secretariat support the ongoing work of the forum? 
A.  The secretariat will link with the forum coordinators to share learning, tools, and experiences from other forum initiatives within EU-CORD and help the forum work through any specific needs.  The secretariat will also link all the in-country forums with other aspects of EU-CORD’s work portfolio.

Q2. How is our forum linked with others in the network? 
A.  We have an annual virtual gathering of our In-Country Forums in the autumn and we facilitate cross-learning and peer support by bringing the individual forum leads together twice a year.

Financing & Legal

Q1. Are the in-country forums formally registered with the relevant governments?
A. No, none of the in-country forums have a formal registration. These are in-formal groups.

Q2. Do you design a by-law/MOU for governance?
A. EU-CORD does not have a formal by-law/MOU for governance. It is up to individual forums to decide how they want to organise themselves.

Q3. Do you hire a part-time/full-time expert to facilitate issues? If not, how do you manage the coordination role?
EU-CORD does not hire a part-time or full-time expert for in-country facilitation. The coordination role is entirely managed by the organizations involved in the forum. Different forums may have different models to manage coordination, such as revolving membership.

Q4. Do you set criteria for membership? If so, what is expected to be a member?
A. Membership in EU-CORD forums is open to EU-CORD members and their implementing partners. This allows for broad participation and collaboration.

Q5. Are members expected to make financial contributions?
Formally, members are not required to make membership contributions to participate in an in-country forum. However, if there is a need to cover costs like hiring a room or providing refreshments, members may choose to share those expenses.

Forming a New In-Country Forum

Q1: How can a new in-country forum be established within EU-CORD?
A: Any EU-CORD member can propose the establishment of a new in-country forum by sending a request to the Secretariat. We will then help you to reach out to members and organise a first meeting.

Q2: Who can participate in the forums?
A: Participation is open to all EU-CORD members and their national implementation partners.

Q3: Who is responsible for hosting or leading the forum? 
A: Local leadership is crucial for the forums. At least one person/organisation has to take on responsibility as the lead for the forum work. This includes convening and hosting meetings and ensuring there is a plan for the group. The group can decide the specific functions, duration and organisation of the role.

Q4: Are there specific activities or collaborations required for the forums?
A: No, no prescribed agenda or required activities or collaborations exist. The individual members of the forum have the freedom to decide on the areas they want to work together, when, who, and how.

Q5: What values and approaches should the activities align with?
A: Activities should be in line with EU-CORD values and approach. Practical activities through collaboration are encouraged, but it is recognized that friendships and mutual servant-heartedness are essential for effective collaboration and are key values of the EU-CORD network.

Consortia Bids

Q1. Does the forum submit bids? 
A. No, the forums are not legal entities, and for most donors, you cannot apply for a grant as a ‘forum.’ Organisations who wish to participate in a bid would form their consortia which may or may not include forum members.

Q2. Does it make sense for us to approach donors as a forum? 
A. Yes, however formal or informal the organisation of your forum is, representing a group of organisations with a good sense of what you can contribute regarding expertise and geographic coverage is extremely useful to donors.

Q3. Can the secretariat help us to find donor funding? 
A. No. We encourage you to link with the funding experts in your organisations who can help you with donor mapping and advise on funding opportunities. The Secretariat can advise on trends and developments in funding from DG INTPA and NEAR.

Q4. We need help with proposal development and writing. Who can help? 
A. As a first step, reach out to the funding experts in your organisation. If you are looking for a consultant, the EU-CORD Secretariat is building a list of persons recommended by members who can help with programme design, writing and other elements of project implementation.

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