Seminar on the Dialogue between Government and Civil Society in Mozambique (29/07/2010)

In order to promote the dialogue between non-state actors and the Government of Mozambique, the European Union Delegation in Maputo, in strict collaboration with the Cabinet of the National Authorising Officer for the cooperation between Mozambique and the EU, organised on 19th July 2010, a seminar on the dialogue between civil society and the Government.

Participants at the seminarParticipants at the seminar

The purpose of the seminar was to promote the debate around the current state of play of the dialogue between the Government and civil society in Mozambique. In this respect, Mr Henrique Banze, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Authorising Officer of the European Development Fund, expressed the view of the Government to "continuously strengthen the understanding of each one of us regarding the roles and expectations of different parties in the process of the development of the country."

The seminar also aimed to discuss and evaluate the results of the study visit to Benin that was carried out by the representatives of the Cabinet of the NAO, Ministry of Planning and Development together with the EU Delegation in Maputo. The study visit took place in the framework of the implementation of the support programme to non-state actors that has been developed between the Government and the EU. Mr Glauco Calzuola, the EU Head of Delegation, hoped that this seminar would bring forward "recommendations from all participants for the preparation of the new support programme for non-state actors that is being developed by the EU and the Government."

More than 60 participants, representing a number of civil society organisations and the Government, accepted the invitation. The debates and recommendations were carried out within 5 thematic areas: the relation of mutual trust; structures of the dialogue; access to funding; the impact and needs of capacity building and patterns of governance. The analysis and the recommendations that resulted from the debates created a solid basis for the discussion and for the preparation of a new EU/Government programme for the support of non-state actors in the framework of the 10th EDF.

In fact, the seminar materialised in the context of the Government/EU joint programming for the support of non-state actors in Mozambique and is a result of capitalising on the experiences of other countries and the analysis of the existing dialogue between civil society and the Government. The seminar was an important step forward in search of new methodologies, synergies and ways in which to improve the existing dialogue between the Government and civil society and in order to better understand the dynamics of each party.