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Bringing together 10 years of useful lessons learned from UNDEF civil society projects

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Don’t over rely on one person for credibility and profile

Over-reliance on one person’s credibility and profile is a risk. Succession planning, especially in between major events – like the international conferences on Least Developed Countries –  should be a …
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Work with law schools to enhance outreach and knowledge

Alliances with law schools provide a number of win-win benefits. On the one hand, the CSO can lower costs, expand reach and improve service quality through recruitment of students who …

Projects conceived, planned, designed, implemented, and monitored in equal partnership with national and local media partners have an increased success rate. The grantee’s ability to adapt its strategy through careful …

Software and tools developed in a project may have different applications beyond the initial concept. In spite of the issues linked to different understandings of “Maidan” app, the tool has …

A platform allowing journalists to detail the background of their created a consolidated network of like-minded professionals. The project’s “Maidan” platform became a space for journalists, citizen journalists, and engaged …

Introducing stakeholders to data-driven journalism is a good entry point for broader debates on rights issues and interaction with the government.

Awareness raising activities should be strategic as well as tactical, for increased long-term effect. Activities should maximize the number of people reached, and the message should be focused and applied …

Networking to gather participants in training sessions should be conducted after there has been clear scoping of potential existing resources. The reliance solely on social media and personal connections limits …

Projects spanning multiple countries should provide a detailed context analysis for each country of implementation. If the organization is not present in the countries where activities are taking place, it …

The grantee lacked the necessary financial management and accountability mechanisms. Developing the skills of local staff could bolster this capacity.