Kenya&EU: Maasai activits and EC representative discuss EC
This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.
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This is an excerpt from the plenary ‘Liaison between the civil society of developing countries and the European Commission’. Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to relations with the European Commission. Esther gives various reasons why the participation of community-based organisations (CBOs) in EU project planning and implementation is crucial.
On the one hand, CBOs can ensure that projects are designed in a way that it reflects the needs of the communities. She gives the example of a hospital building project after which the beneficiaries did not have the feeling of ownership of the institution. In addition, participation of CBOs could play a role in monitoring the funds and guarantee that funds reach people on the ground. Pieter Bangma, the Civil Society and NGO Liaison Officer from the DG Dev of the European Commission answers to these and many other questions such the financing procedures of the EU.
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