Nov 24
Learn more about Information and Media Literacy

Dear network members,

For a democratic society it is essential that all citizens can make informed judgments as users of information and media, as well as to become skillful creators and producers of information and media messages in their own right.

Information and Media Literacy (IML) is about building the knowledge, attitudes and skills that enables people to critically analyze media content, as well as to participate and express themselves freely and ethically in information flows.

To learn more about the key issues of IML, watch these videos produced by Fondation Hirondelle here:​ - videos



Nov 24
Political Economy Analysis in Action - online training course 2022

The Policy Practice and ODI are running another Political Economy Analysis in Action online training course from 21 February – 24 June 2022. 

Political economy analysis (PEA) is now recognised as essential to the design and adaptive management of development and foreign policy interventions. It is about understanding the contexts in which development and foreign policy happen, the incentives that determine how the relevant actors behave, and drawing well-grounded operational conclusions for policy, strategy, programme design and implementation.

Click here to register - early bird discount by 30 November (registration ends 31 December 2021). Please email for more information.

The course will equip participants with the tools and the confidence to undertake a PEA, and to apply it to policy and programmes in a wide range of contexts. It will cover ten sessions over a 17-week period, requiring about 4 hours of study per week (with a mix of self-study, online Study Group discussions and tasks and webinars, supported by an inter-active platform). 

Policy Practice also offers tailor made support and trainigs, both online and face-to-face based on organisational needs. Offers are:

    • Training courses on a specific theme, for example, the Political Economy of Climate Action
    • Training courses in a regional hub to enable staff from different country offices to come together
    • Post-course 'drill-down' days with individual teams to address specific implementation challenges
    • Shorter tailored online learning for organisations as intensive, interactive live online courses especially designed to improve working with PEA approaches and embed Thinking and Working Politically
    • Facilitated PEA (i.e. working with your team to help them conduct a PEA)
    • Ongoing support to teams and organisations who are doing the up-stream thinking about design and implementation of policy, programmes and strategy; and mentoring for practitioners

Nov 10
Invitation to the HEKS/EPER Land Forum, December 10, 2021 in Berne

At the 2021 Land Forum, HEKS together with a coalition of Swiss NGOs called “The Friends of the Declaration" and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights will seek ways in which the Swiss government and civil society can further engage to translate the rights enshrined in the UNDROP (The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas) into reality in their international engagement.

Further information and registration under the following link:

Nov 08
Looking for external expert on scoping mission for civil society programme in albania

The Embassy of Switzerland in Albania is planning to design a project on supporting civil society and civic engagement in Albania. 

The Call for Proposal invites an international consultant with experience in designing projects and developing theory of change, logframe and project documents to submit their applications.

Application process:

Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit a technical and financial proposal to

Application deadline: 22 November 2021
Download ToR  h​ere​
Download budget template here

Oct 29
Public Tender: Backstopping Support for the “Peace, Governance & Equality Cluster/ Section (PGE)”

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) through its thematic units Fragility, Conflict & Human Rights (FCHR) / Governance / Gender and Social Equality has published a public tender for:  Backstopping Support for the “Peace, Governance & Equality Cluster/ Section (PGE)" for the period 16.03.2022 to 15.03.2027 (Bern, Switzerland)

The tender consist of two Lots:

  • Lot 1: Thematic support for the PGE cluster / section
  • Lot 2: Support for facilitation and collective learning

SDC seeks the services of a competent organisation or consortium of organisations that will be mandated by SDC to provide thematic expertise and methodological support for knowledge management, learning and further development of working approaches in key areas of SDC's work in the field of Peace, Governance and Equality. 

Interested organisations and consortiums can access the full tender document issued on 29.10.2021 on the following website: (Project ID 227033). 

The deadline for the submission of complete offers is 15.12.2021. The selection process is governed by strict tender rules and procedures outlined in the tender document. All potential applicant organisations and consortiums should follow these rules and procedures diligently.

Please note:  is the single point of distribution for all information related to this tender. 

Sep 10
Bénin – Deux mandats de recrutement d’un backstoppeur

Chers collègues

Voici deux appels d'offres, que nous vous envoyons de la part de notre Bureau de la Coopération suisse au Bénin :

  • Bénin – Mandat de recrutement d'un backstoppeur – 01.01.2022 – 30.06.2024 pour le Programme de Coopération Transfrontalière Locale (PCTL), Phase 1 : 01.01.2022 – 30.06.2024

    Publication Bénin_PCTL2_simap.pdf

  • Bénin – Mandat de recrutement d'un backstoppeur – 01.01.2022 – 30.06.2024 pour le Programme Régional d'Appui à la Décentralisation Financière en Afrique de l'Ouest (PRADeF) Phase 1 : 01.01.2022 – 30.06.2024 

    Publication Bénin_PRADEF_simap.pdf

​Mélanie Büsch

Cheffe de domaine Gouvernance
Bureau de la Coopération suisse au Bénin

Département fédéral des affaires étrangères DFAE
Cotonou - Bénin

Sep 03
DeLoG Annual Meeting 2021 – Opening with a High-Level Policy Dialogue

​The Development Partners Network on Decentralisation & Local Governance (DeLoG) will open this year's Annual Meeting on Inclusive and Resilient Decentralisation and Local Governance Reforms and Institutions with a High-Level Policy Dialogue, open to the public and hosted SDC and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development(BMZ).  

13 September 2021, 2.30 - 4 pm (CEST)

Thomas Gass, Assistant Director General and Head of South Cooperation, will be representing SDC. Other speakers are, among other:

  • Emilia Saíz, Secretary General United Cities and Local Governments

  • Tatiana Badan, Mayor of Selemet, Moldova, President of the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe

  • Hemanthi Goonasekera, Chief Executive Officer Federation of Sri Lanka Local Government Authorities​

 Click on this link for more information and registration. 

The opening meeting will be followed by four thematic sessions on 1) montoring and measuring inclusive local governance (lead ADB), 2) adapting to crisis and resilient recovery through multi-level governance (lead UNDP), 3) inclusive fiscal decentralisation (lead NALAS), and 4) enabling approaches for inclusive and sustainable local governance (lead UN-Habitat). More information will follow next week.   

Aug 26
EVALUATION FINALE: Programme de Développement des Infrastructures Économiques et Marchandes (P-DIEM), phase 2

Le Programme de Développement des Infrastructures Economiques et Marchandes (PDIEM), sous la gestion d'un consortium SNV-APIC-Swisscontact mandaté par appel d'offres, a rénové/construit six infrastructures économiques et marchandes (IEMs) dans le Nord Bénin en phase 1 (2013-2018). En phase 2 (2018-2022) en cofinancement avec les communes, l'Etat béninois et la Banque Mondiale à travers le Projet d'Aménagement Urbain et d'Appui à la Décentralisation (PAURAD), 4 autres infrastructures sont en cours de construction/rénovation au Nord mais aussi au Sud Bénin, en plus d'une 2ème partie de rénovation du marché international de Malanville et le suivi des infrastructures de la phase 1. 

Au regards des différents principes de la phase 2 du PDIEM (consolidation des acquis de la phase 1, la mise à l'échelle et l'alignement aux priorités nationales, la synergie et la durabilité du programme ainsi que les différentes approches de mise en œuvre), des rapports de backstopping et de l'évaluation à mi-parcours, l'évaluation finale indépendante aura pour but principal de : i) d'apprécier l'atteinte des objectifs, ii) d'approfondir l'étude des thématiques et questionnements principales identifiés et iii) de fournir les éléments de base et les orientations principales pour la conception de la future phase du programme dans une logique de sortie. 

Effectuée à quelques mois de la fin de la mise en œuvre du programme, l'évaluation finale aura dès lors à poursuivre les objectifs suivants : a. Bilan critique par rapport à l'atteinte des objectifs du projet : analyser des résultats, indicateurs d'effets et d'impacts à court et à moyen termes ; b. Examen des points clés des modalités de mise en œuvre, des défis et des réussites qui ont induit à des succès ou des échecs afin de permettre l'identification des leçons à retenir et de dessiner les orientations stratégiques pour la prochaine et dernière phase du programme.

​Vous trouvez plus d'information dans ce document.:

Aug 24
Mid-Term Review: ‘Strengthening Social Accountability and Oversight in Health and Agriculture in Southern Africa’ project

​SDC is looking for a consultant for the Mid-Term Review of the ‘Strengthening Social Accountability and Oversight in Health and Agriculture in Southern Africa’ project. 

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) through its Southern Africa Regional Program awarded a tender in 2015 to a consortium of organisations to develop and implement a regional project supporting the improvement of rights-based public resources management (PRM) in health and agriculture. Aspirations were for strengthening the oversight and social accountability roles of selected parliamentary committees, issue-based civil society organisations, smallholder farmers’ organisations, media and relevant government departments in seven countries of Southern Africa. The overall project spans three phases over a 10-year period.

The midterm review (MTR) of the second phase will assess the project performance against its intended goals and objectives in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe (up to the mid of the second phase) as well as offer evidence that will shape the program moving forward.​​

​Please find more information here:​

Aug 19
Consultancy local governance and social protection in Bangladesh

The Embassy of Switzerland Bangladesh is working to formulate a 12-year programme to localise SDGs in Bangladesh, whose goal is to “contribute to strengthening local democratic governance by improving equitable basic public service provision in the water, solid waste management, and social protection sectors with emphasizing climate change adaptation and resilience". Under this process, conduction of 03 sectoral feasibility cum baseline studies with support from external local and international consultant/s has been planned which will contribute to the overall programme design. Please find enclosed herewith the Terms of Reference (ToRs) for this assignment.  This assignment will be taken place during the month of September - December 2021.

Final date for sub-mssion of the technical and financial proposal along with updated CV is August 24, 2021. The technical proposal should include (i) clarification of overall understanding of the ToRs, (ii) work methodology and approach, (iii) short description of experience on similar type of assignment, and (iv) an indicative operational plan. The financial proposal should include (i) daily fee rate, and (ii) other associated costs.

Switzerland will procure this consultancy through 'invitation procedures', thus we will expect to receive few proposals (at least three) to take final award decision. 


Further information:

Sabina Yasmein Lubna
Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh

Phone: +880 2 5505 1601

Mobile: +880 1730025149

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