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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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Socio-political context is key to risk analysis

The grantee’s knowledge of social and political realities in all regions of Kosovo and in all ethnic communities enabled it to be thorough in its risk analysis. The primary risk …

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.

The grantee collected rich and interesting data but was let down by not analyzing this data sufficiently to provide evidence of progress. Moreover, the overall M&E system needed more coherence, …

The training participants came from key local players – representatives of national, regional and local media outlets – mostly from the printed press. The involvement of television, radio, new social …

The training gave a wide understanding of all dimensions of human rights, both civil-political and socio-economic rights. This led to a rich and interesting diversity in articles produced by journalists. …

The training materials and techniques were effective. The training was based on a standardised 57 page training manual covering everything from training techniques through to democracy and human rights issues, …