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Youth in development - from policy to practice

Danida has launched the Youth Engagement and Youth Mainstreaming toolbox prepared by Bente Consulting in collaboration with Next Generation Advice and Skinny Dogs Films (graphic design) on Friday July 12th 2019. The toolbox is the result of an interactive and intensive processs engaging Danish youth development actors, the embassies in Ethiopia, Mali and Uganda as well as staff from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The draft tools were scrutinized, discussed and validated by relevant stakeholders and have benefitted from valuable inputs and comments before being published. Have a look at the tools at Danida's Aid Management Guidelines webpage - hopefully they will be useful to many development practitioners!

Evaluation study of Sida's HRBA approach

Bente Consulting will participate in a 15 months evaluation study of the application and effects of a Human Rights Based Approach in Swedish development coopeation. The study will assess the HRBA process and performance in terms of reduced poverty and improved human rights situation. The evaluation study will include 3-4 case country studies of which Bente Consulting will lead one. The selection of case countries is ungoing and will be finalized in August-September 2019; the field studies will take place in October-November and a draft report will be submitted in the beginning of 2020.The contract with Sida's Evaluation Department is held by FCG Sweden. Read also FCG's presentation of the assignment here.

Youth in Development - test tools available

Under the headline of "Youth in Development" tools for youth engagement and youth mainstreaming are now available at Danida's Aid Management Guidelines website until May 7th, 2019. Click here and have a look! You are welcome to provide comments for the final editing, which is undertalen by Danida. 

Promoting development with and by  young people – not just for young people - has never been more acutely needed. The world is currently home to the largest generation of youth ever, most of whom live in developing countries. Young people constitute an enormous development potential, and meaningful inclusion of youth is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. However, development practitioners are often faced with the difficult task of how to incorporate youth into programmes, instruments and day-to-day activities; how to move from policy to practice.

The youth engagement and youth mainstreaming tools were developed by Bente Consulting in collaboration with Next Generation Advise and Skinny Dog Films.  

Mid-term evaluation WIN project Zambia

Mid-term evaluation of the Sida-financed Women Women in Financial Inclusion and Capabilities (WIN) project which is implemented by Financial Sector Deepening Zambia. The evaluation runs from March to June 2019 and will include 2 weeks field work in Zambia in May 2019. We are looking at implementation through 4-5 local partners who work with a wide range of activities aimed at enhancing women’s financial inclusion. A specific attention is paid to youth and the use of digital solutions:

  • Catholic Relief Servicessupporting female Savings Groups’ members
  • Restless Development: To provide financial education for youth to increase their financial capabilities and access to financial services
  • Mercy Corps - Agrifin Accelerate: To support female smallholder farmers with the aim of increasing income productivity through development of well-designed and accessible digital financial services for female smallholder farmers
  • iSchool: To provide financial education to school-going children through the national school curriculum. This intervention expects to help finalize, install, and monitor results of the financial education national curriculum for Grades 1-12

Bente Consulting ApS provides the team leader and the team of four is working for NIRAS Sweden under a Sida framework contract. 

CO2 compensation 2018

Even a small company sets carbon footprints - and the international consultancies often imply long distance travel. In 2018, the travelled distances were less than previous years, but it is nevertheless important to compensate for the damage caused. Bente Consulting supports BirdLife International's forest rehabilitation programs to compensate for the CO2 emission caused by air travel. Based on the recommended calculation from BirdLife, the 38,740 km travelled in 2018 added up to a contribution of DKK 1,500. Most companies should be able to afford this! 

Tanzania Country Program formulation 2020-24 - postponed

The formulation mission has been postponed until further due to policy negotiations on human rights violations between the Danish Governmant and the Government of Tanzania. (January 2019)

Bente Consulting ApS has won the tender on the formulation of the new Danish Country Program in Tanzania 2020-24. 

The new country programme will build on the results and experiences of the current country programme and is planned to have the following three thematic programmes: (1) Governance and rights; (2) Health for all - with a particular focus on women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights and (3) Inclusive growth and employment.

The assignment comprises two field missions to Tanzania - the first in December 2018 and the second in february 2019. The first will be undertaken by the team leader from Bente Consulting, whereas the second mission counts on the full team of four, which includes Hans Posthumus (Inclusive Growth and Employment Expert), Alison Lake (Public Health expert) and Mike Dahlgaard (Sector Budget Support expert).

Power relations and development in Africa

On November 9th, 2018, I spoke on "Power relations in development work in Africa" at the Global Issues Network at Copenhagen International School - to 80 young people from Turkey, Spain, Denmark, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands. Quite a mouthful, quite a challenge. I used two stories framed in a bit of theory (the Powercube). First story about the female village president from Guinea-Bissau who withdrew from a formal power position, because she did not want to navigate in the imposed power structure in spite of having legitimacy in her position as village midwife. And second story from Mozambique, where China cleverly navigated in the national power structures, provided infrastructure development and established strong networks with government officials at different levels - and therefore benefitted in exploiting the country's natural ressources.

The presentation is anecdotal and personal - read it here.

 

Youth engagement and youth focus tools

In 2017, Danida commissioned a review of its youth-related engagements in the overall development portfolio. The review resulted in the presentation of a Youth Package and increased focus on development by youth, not for youth. Time has come to operationalize the 19 recommendations, and Bente Consulting in collaboration with Next Generation Advice, GROWconsult, Verner Kristiansen ApS and  graphic design from Skinnydogsfilms.has been contracted to develop tools to mainstream and materialize a youth-focus and youth-engagement  in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' programs and instruments. The assignment runs from August 2018 to January 2019 and contains different components: explorative data collection with Embassies and Country Programs in Mali, Uganda and Ethiopia; interviews with MFA staff; consultations with Youth Sounding Boards in the three countries and with youth organizations in Denmark; development of tools and a knowledge sharing platform; and organization of an international state-of-the art seminar to be held in Copenhagen in December 2018. 

  

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