On July 9th and 10th, Oxfam and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) hosted the Regional Sharing and Planning Workshop to discuss programme options and share lessons among the Coalition Support Programme (CSP) and similar multi-stakeholder initiatives in other Southeast Asian countries. The regional workshop is part of a series of evaluation and documentation activities being undertaken in 2015 to capture lessons learnt to date, summarise results from Phase I and plan for Phase II of the CSP. Workshop participants were representatives of the six Coalitions supported by the CSP, DFAT in Hanoi and from the Region, DFID in Hanoi, VCCI, national and regional CSO/coalition initiatives from Malaysia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, Oxfam in Vietnam, Thailand, Australia and Cambodia.
Key outcomes of group discussions included: (1) Coalition structure could be flexible depending on the context and the issue on which the coalition is working. A coalition should have a core group consisting of members with expertise and can be open for new member organisations to join over time; (2) Issues selected should be of public concern which coalition members have shared objective and voice in policy influencing opportunities; (3) Coalitions identity should be made known to maximize their impact rather than emphasizing the identities of individual members; and (4) Donor supports are expected to be long-term, flexible and not too prescriptive. Donors should play an intermediatory role and be part of the process.
Engaging private sector in multi-stakeholder coalitions should imply addressing issue(s) of common interest of private sector and coalition members. Different models of coalition and regional experiences were presented to contribute inputs for programme options. The outputs of the planning process for Phase II by December 2015 will include a Comparative Assessment of Lessons Learnt from Multi-stakeholder Processes (Aug-Sep), an Analysis of Potential Relationships between Country-based Coalitions and Regional Networks and Issues (Sep), Political Economy Analysis of Feasibility of New Coalition Topics (Oct), Design of CSP Phase II (Oct-Dec).
The Australian Counsellor for Development Cooperation to Vietnam, Ms. Claire Ireland highly appreciated the results and the great momentum created from Phase I and confirmed the Australian Government’s new commitment on engaging private sector in development, which she said was a “challenging area”. Ms. Ireland reaffirmed DFAT’s continued support for the CSP and emphasised the importance of taking lessons learnt for the right programming for Phase II.
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