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February 16 - 18, 2005
Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD)

Wednesday, February 16

Objective/Theme: Understanding ourselves. Allow the ECA Centers to (re-) connect with each other and with GDLN. Purpose is to give the Centers space to reaffirm some of their initial assumptions and to critically discuss others.

9:15-10:30 am: Session 1: Welcome and Introduction

Moderator: Ruslan Stefanov, CSD

  • Oscar de Bruyn Kops, World Bank Country Manager
  • Alain Colliou, Dir., ECA Operations Policy & Services
  • Svitlana Kalashnikova, Director, Ukraine DLC

10:30-11:00 am: Coffee

11:00 am-12:30 pm: Session 2: Tour of ECA DLCs

Moderator: Ruslan Stefanov, CSD

  • Brief presentations by each center on events since last workshop, focusing on new activities and events, changes in business profile, and the center's relationship with its host institution. Centers should also discuss plans for 2005 and areas in which it would like to participate with other centers.

12:30-2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00-3:30 pm: Session 3: Similarities and differences in DLCs

Moderators: Susan Skinner

  • Tour of global GDLN - Monika Weber-Fahr
  • Working Groups: Small groups to explore "similarities and differences between my center and your center" in business model, outlook, working with other agencies etc., with emphasis on identify common areas of interest.

3:30-4:00 pm: Coffee

4:00-5:30 pm: Session 3 (continued):

  • Presentation of Working Groups: Discussion-who is "GDLN ECA"? Are we one, two or many? Why are we together? Can we benefit from each other and from the differences and similarities, common areas of interest? How? Any possible actions?


Thursday, February 17

Objective/Theme: Impact on Development. Create space for centers to begin discussing, amongst themselves, about business initiatives that they may want to pursue together. Mix with "giving ideas" throughout the day, from other regions or other agencies.

9:15-10:30 am: Session 4: Examples outside ECA

Moderator: Gary Fine

  • Presentations by the three guests GDLN center directors from other regions, each discussing his/her own successful approach to business development, plus presentation by WBI Paris on their work in identifying program partners - including a presentation on how to find information about donors and development in your country.
  • European partners and EU funding (Laurent Porte, Michael Foley and Arturs Lindemanis)

10:30-11:00 am: Coffee

11:00 am-12:30 pm: Session 5: Plenary: Generating business - is this what we thought it is?

Moderator: Gary Fine

  • Plenary discussion on the ways that new business can be generated. What is the development agenda in your countries? What are the topics on which working together would make most sense? Or would one want to unite around "initiatives" or "target agencies".

12:30-2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00-3:30 pm: Session 6: Strategies to strengthen GDLN

Moderator: Atem Ramsundersingh

  • Working groups: Around the topics identified above, to discuss specific strategies that would result in increased "GDLN work" in their countries. This should include the nature of collaboration between centers, and how revenue would be generated.

3:30-4:00 pm: Coffee

4:00-5:30 pm: Session 6 (continued)

  • Plenary: Results of working groups and reflections on working together. Did we find common interests and concrete common projects? Why? Why not? How to do this better?

Friday, February 18

Objective/Theme: "GDLN as a business"
This day will be focused exclusively on implementation; determining areas for mutual collaboration, and developing action plans around them.

9:15-10:30 am: Session 7: Action Plans

Moderator: Monika Weber-Fahr

  • Based on the results of the previous day, identify the key areas which could be agreed upon for future collaboration between centers.

10:30-11:00 am: Coffee

11:00 am-12:30 pm: Session 7 (continued):

Plenary: report back

  • Each working group presents its action plan. Other groups will have time to comment. Working groups then reconvene to debate and incorporate comments

12:30-2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00-4:00 pm: Session 8: Going forward

Moderator: Alain Colliou

  • Working group present final action plans, followed by plenary discussion and wrap up summarizing events of the workshop and reiterating next steps in action plans
  • Summary
  • Evaluation
  • Thanks/Final words

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