Members Newsletter - December 2020

18 December 2020

Members Newsletter - December 2020

Dear friend,

Welcome to the December edition of our Eurodad members’ newsletter.

We are pleased to announce that our new 5-year strategy was formally approved by Eurodad’s membership at the extraordinary General Assembly meeting that was held virtually on 16 December 2020. The strategy was written after an extensive process, starting with the evaluation of Eurodad’s 2015-2019 strategy followed by written inputs and a workshop for the new strategy. We have also reflected on the impacts that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on our priorities, starting at Eurodad’s virtual Policy Forum in June. The strategy will start in January 2021 and will run until 2025.

The Secretariat is now developing a Strategy Implementation Plan that supports the network in realising the high ambition of the new strategy efficiently, while maintaining a smoothly functioning secretariat made up of happy and healthy staff, and being accountable to all our stakeholders - including you, our members. The Implementation Plan will be shared with our members and statutory allies by early February 2021. Workplans for 2021 in each of our priority areas and for our cross-cutting priority on Gender Justice and Women’s and Gender Minorities’ Rights are currently being finalised and will be shared with you in January.

Warm regards,

Jean Saldanha,

Eurodad Director

Welcome to our new members and allies!

Five new members and five new allies have joined the Eurodad network at Eurodad Extraordinary General Assembly. Check out our updated list of Eurodad members on our website. We are very happy that we were able to welcome:

5 new members

  • AKU: Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation (MTÜ Arengukoostöö Ümarlaud) AKU, from Estonia

  • BGRF: Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation, from Bulgaria

  • CROSOL: the Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity, from Croatia

  • KOPIN: Koperazzjoni Internazzjonali, from Malta

  • Nacionalinė Nevyriausybinių Vystomojo Bendradarbiavimo Organizacijų Platforma / Lithuanian National Platform of Non-Governmental Development Cooperation Organizations Platform, from Lithuania

5 new (statutory) allies

  • ACEP: Associação para a Cooperação entre Povos, from Portugal

  • Ambrela: Platforma rozvojových organizácií, the Slovakian NGO Platform

  • Global Policy Forum, from Germany

  • LAPAS: The Latvian NGO Platform, from Latvia

  • Urgewald, from Germany

Changes in the Eurodad board

Eurodad said farewell to Antonio Gambini, who stepped down from his position as President of the Board in November 2020. Antonio, who coordinated work on tax justice at CNCD-11.11.11, the Belgian Francophone NGO Platform, has been appointed to the cabinet of the Federal Minister of Development Cooperation in Belgium. We are very grateful to Antonio for his many years of dedication and collaboration both in joint advocacy as well as in the Board.

We are delighted to welcome Hannah Morrison Brejnholt Tranberg as our new President and Kristina Rehbein as Treasurer. Hannah is Senior Financing for Development Advisor at Oxfam Ibis in Denmark and has been actively involved in Eurodad for many years. She was also Eurodad’s Treasurer for the last three years until she resigned to be elected the new President. Kristina Rehbein is the Campaign, Advocacy and Management Advisor at Erlassjahr, Jubilee Germany. She is a seasoned expert on debt issues in the network and has also been a member of the Board for some years.

 

News from the secretariat

Jan Van de Poel, former Policy and Advocacy Manager - Aid Effectiveness

Jan was appointed to the Cabinet of the Belgian Federal Minister of Development Cooperation Miryame Kitir in November 2020. While we were sorry to see Jan leave us, we are thrilled with his appointment and look forward to him contributing to progressive Belgian development issues in his new position. The job advertisement for a new Policy and Advocacy Manager will be open until 3 January 2021. Please do share the vacancy widely!

 

Chiara Mariotti, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer

In October we welcomed Chiara to lead Eurodad’s work on Donor influence, with a particular focus on monitoring IFIs as Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer within the Development Finance Team.

You can contact Chiara at [email protected]

Lorenzo Forte, Finance & Administrative Office

Also in October we welcomed Lorenzo to the Eurodad team as Finance and Administrative Officer, continuing to strengthen the operations team with a particular focus on finance. Lorenzo joins us from AESA - Agriconsulting Europe SA, and is looking forward to getting stuck into Eurodad's work.

You can contact Lorenzo at [email protected]

Two new team members to join us in January

In January we will welcome two new members of the team. Océane Blavot will be Eurodad’s new Senior PPP Campaign Outreach Coordinator. This is a new position created to support the global campaign on PPPs that Euroad has been actively supporting. Farwa Sial will work on publicly backed private finance as Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer. Farwa and Océane will work closely with Maria Jose Romero in Eurodad’s Development Finance Team.

You can contact Océane at [email protected] and Farwa at [email protected]

 

Our brand new Knowledge Management Platform

As part of its network strengthening strategy, Eurodad has created a new Intranet for its members and allies which will serve for knowledge sharing. It will work as:

  • A research hub, featuring not only Eurodad research, but also members' reports, briefings, and research papers.

  • A coordination tool for advocacy and campaigning.

  • A training platform for new members and allies and new staff from member organisations.

Here are three steps to take before Christmas to join the platform and start sharing your knowledge:

 

We hope that our members have a restful break before heading into 2021, ready to continue the fight for economic justice for all!



 

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