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NCPC Project Shortlisted in the UNDEF Call for Proposal

31 May

NCPC is grateful for inclusion of its project in the short list of proposals that made it to the final rounds of selection of the United Nation Development Fund. The project was conceptualized and submitted before the deadline last December 30, 2011.

the concept of the project is promotion and institutionalization of partnership between the government and the people through operationalization and strengthening of people’s councils both the barangays of the city and some neighboring town.

the Deputy Executive Head of the UNDEF preliminary contacted NCPC to inform that the project is jest waiting approval of the UN Secretary General and hopefully will be signed before the end of the June. Initial dates have been set up to discuss the draft project negotiation process.

UNDEF is financing facility of the United Nation and the call for proposal was participated by hundreds of CSOs world wide. NCPC was fortunate that its proposal was considered and have up to the shortlisting.

http://www.un.org/democracyfund/Docs/UU14.pdf

UNDEF’s Sixth Round of Funding comes as momentous efforts
for democratization continue to unfold in countries around
the world, while challenges old and new evolve in others. The
UNDEF Advisory Board met on 19 April and endorsed a short
list of 73 projects in Africa, the Arab world, Asia, the Americas
and Eastern Europe, estimated at a total of approximately
15 million dollars. The list is now subject to approval by the
Secretary-General, and to the successful negotiation of a
project document between UNDEF and each short-listed
applicant. Due to the high volume of proposals — 2,868 for
the Sixth Round, the second highest number in the history of
the Fund — UNDEF is able to contact, in mid-2012, only those
applicants whose proposals are short-listed.

The proposals originate from organizations in
105 countries, the vast majority local civil society
groups in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin
America and the Caribbean. This response will add
further to the considerable growth the Fund has
experienced since its creation in 2005. In its first five Rounds
of Funding, UNDEF supported more than 400 projects in a
total of some 150 countries. The initiatives all reflect a focus
on strengthening the voice of civil society, thus concentrating
on the demand side of democracy, rather than the supply
side. With 73 countries on the short list, the total number of
projects funded by UNDEF will rise to about 480

The short list is the product of a thorough process of
assessment, quality vetting, due diligence and lessons learned
from previous Rounds. The proposals were first vetted by a
team of six independent international assessors, combining
some 60 years of programme and project experience.

Each proposal was scored against 10 set criteria:
• Promotes the objectives of UNDEF
• Draws on the United Nations comparative advantage
• Will have a significant impact
• Will encourage inclusiveness
• Will enhance gender equality
• Has strong prospects for successful implementation
• Has a strong track record
• Is technically sound in conception and presentation
• Represents good value for money
• Has strong prospects of sustainability beyond the
project duration.

This assessment narrowed down the list
to about 240 proposals. To narrow down
the list further, comments were sought by
Experts of the UNDEF Advisory Board, UN
Resident Coordinators, and the UNDEF
Programme Consultative Group: the Department
of Political Affairs, the Department of Peacekeeping
Operations, the Office of the High Commissioner for
Human Rights, the Peacebuilding Support Office, the
UN Development Programme, the UN Office on Drugs
and Crime and UN Women.

Based on this collective input, the UNDEF Secretariat
produced a short-list of 73 project proposals. 31 per
cent are in Africa, followed by 27 per cent in Asia. The
Arab world has an unprecedented 15 per cent – even
more than the year before.

Broken down by key activity, 27 per cent are in
the area of community development, followed
by 22 per cent in youth; 18 per cent in women’s
empowerment; 15 per cent in media; 15 per cent
in rule of law and human rights; and 3 per cent in
strengthening instrumentalities of Government.
Once the short list is approved by the SecretaryGeneral, the proposal moves into the final stage
in the selection process: the negotiation of a
project document, in effect the contract between
UNDEF and the grantee. This negotiation
requires the applicant to provide a more
elaborated project design, and involves detailed
input from both UNDEF and the applicant, as
well as scrutiny and due diligence enquiries by
UNDEF. Only upon successful conclusion of the
project document, and its approval by the UN
Controller, will the project proposal formally be
approved for funds disbursement.

The UNDEF Board for 2012-2013 brings
together UNDEF’s seven biggest donors —
the United States, India, Sweden, Germany,
Australia, Spain and France; six countries
reflecting geographical diversity and a
commitment to democratic principles —
Jamaica, Lithuania, Tanzania, Timor-Leste,
Tunisia and Uruguay; three individuals —
Professor Michael Doyle (Chair of the Board), of
Columbia University, Ms. Shazia Rafi, SecretaryGeneral of Parliamentarians for Global Action,
and Mr. Jeffrey Wright, Actor and Founder of
Taia Peace Foundation; and two civil society
organizations — Third World Network and
Women’s Environment and Development
Organizations

LGU Gumaca Learns the Concept of People’s Council

30 Apr

The Municipality of Gumanca, Province of Quezon represented by their Administrator, Sangguniang Bayan Members and Secretary and some administrative and legislative staff visited the City of Naga to learn about its unique inclusive governance last April 25, 2012.

They were oriented on how people participate in local governance through a people’s council by the Members of the Board of the Naga City People’s Council. the people’s council concept is the output of the infamous Naga City Ordinance Number 95-092 otherwise known as the Empowerment Ordinance of the City of Naga. said ordinance expanded and strengthened the area for people participation in the various sphere of governance of the city by ensuring that a representative of the people’s council sits in all the city committees, councils, task forces and boards. said representative in considered in the determination of the quorum, can lay down discussion points and can even vote in the said bodies.

the group from Gumaca welcome said idea and assured the NCPC that they will replicate said initiative in their locality and even invited some of the members of the board to present further the Empowerment Ordinance, the people’s council and the sectoral programs and project in their municipality.

NCPC included in the Strengthening the Capacity of CSOs Project

19 Apr

“Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Project aims to build the capacities of 120 civil society organizations through the provision of organization development (OD) interventions to address key capacity development gaps that limit the effectiveness of CSOs to achieve sustainable and significant impact, be accountable to its constituents, and be able to effectively compete for and manage donor resources;

Hundreds of CSOs applied for the 120 limited slots. All the applications were carefully reviewed by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) composed of our consortium representatives from the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI), Association of Foundations (AF), Caucus of Development NGOs (CODE-NGO), Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC), and UP-National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG). Using the information provided by the applicants in their completed CSO Criteria Checklist, the PSC assessed each applicant based on parameters such as legal personality, years in operation, number of full time staff, presence of books of accounts, likelihood that the CSO will be able to continue operating in the next three years, location and program coverage in order to come up with the priority 120 organizations.

Last April 13, NCPC receives communication from Marissa Camacho, the Chief of Party of the Strengthening the Capacity of CSOs Project of the Ayala Foundation, Inc. informing us that we were selected as one of the 120 CSOs included in the project. This opportunity will further enhance the capacity of the Council’s Board and Secretariat in managing and sustaining its operation. It will also provide an opportunity to review and assess the Council’s policies and guidelines so that it will be in harmony with its vision, mission and by-laws.

GWatch Data Interpretation and Result Validation

17 Feb

The GWatch Team of Ateneo School of Governance (ASoG) return to the City of Naga for the Edukasyon sa Naga: Salmingan ta! project. the project is a multi-stakeholder effort with guidance and support from ASoG and aims to look into the state of education in Naga including local initiatives for education.

the project started on the mid year of 2011 from training of the core team to the capacitation of community monitors to actual monitoring. currently the project is tabulating the remaining forms and validating the completed ones.

the output of the monitoring will be presented to the decision-makers for education on March 27, 2011.

Naga Continues to Lead in Relief Operation

29 Dec

Naga City People’s Council (NCPC) and the City Government of Naga, through the continuous support of the 9th Infantry Division of Phillipine Army and Bravo Renegade Airsoft Team, lead in the relief operation for the victims of the Typhoon Sendong.

said effort already forwarded 70 sacks of used clothing through the assistance of LBC Foundation to the Cagayan de Oro City last December 23. the materials were raised for only 5 days and mostly contributed by the residents of the City.

through the assistance of various media outlet, the effort reached residents of municipalities of  camarines sur who in turn initiated their own operation and the materials that were gathered where brought to the Plaza Quezon of Naga City. relief operation efforts of some media outlet was also consolidated at Plaza Quezon.

currently, almost 250 sacks of mixed relief goods are now ready for transport and more are still pouring in. it will still be decided as to when the operation will last but surely it has made significant contribution to the nationwide support for the victims of Typhoon Sendong.

A HOPE FOR NCPC-LIGA BUILDING

26 Dec

Cong Kaka with Toti Importante, Coordinator Akbayan Naga, Ram Samar Chair of NCPC and Hon. Alex Nero, President, Liga ng mga Barangay Naga City ChapterHon. Toti Importante, Punong Barangay of Tinago and Coordinator of AKBAYAN – Naga informed us for the immediate submission of the program of works (POW) of the Proposed NCPC-LIGA-AKBAYAN Building which will serve as the offices of the Naga City People’s Council, LIga ng mga Barangay and SALIGAN – Naga. Kap. Toti added that early submission of the said documents might include the project in the first semester funding of AKBAYAN Party List.

The building is a long dream of both the Liga and NCPC. A place they can call their own. a dream who sees a glimpse of reality when resolutions of request for said building was presented by the two institutions to Hon. Kaka Bag-ao of AKBAYAN. Said resolutions was positively accepted and she personally assured of its approval.

NCPC is currently preparing a letter-request to Hon. John Bongat, Mayor of Naga City for assistance in the formulation of the program of works, design and layouts through the City Engineering Office and also to identify the old CSWDO Building as the site for the said proposed building.