VNG International Events

VNG International Events

Annual meeting of the Capacity and Institution Building (CIB) working group

Thursday 1 October

09:30 – 09:45     1. Opening and welcome remarks

  • Objectives of the meeting by Mr. Peter Knip and Mr. Sebastien Hamel, Senior Dirctor FCM International

09.45 – 12:30 2. Information exchange and coordination: roundtable

  • 09:45 – 10:15 VNG International’s project portfolio, presenation by Mr. Arne Musch and Mr. Rolf Swart, Business Unit Managers VNG International
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
  • 10:45 – 12:30 Facilitated session: Latest news on developments, challenges and opportunities from CIB members

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 17:00 3. Knowledge sharing

13:30 – 15:00

  • Update on progress from strategic partnership agreements and involvement from CIB members (UCLG, UCLGA, PLATFORMA),  presentation by Ms. Emilia Saiz, UCLG Deputy Secretary General
  • Results from AL-LAS project, presentation by Mr. Braulio Diaz, Communication Advisor of the AL-LAS project, Mexico D.F.

15:15 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30

  • Developments in the Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation, presentation by Mr. Arjan Schuthof, Senior Policy Advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (The Netherlands)
  • Discussion on how CIB members can further contribute to the implementation of the development effectiveness agenda

16:30 – 17:30 Speed dating with VNG International team

17:30 Closing of the first day

19:00 Dinner hosted by VNG International at Kookplein

Friday 2 October

09:00 – 09:15  Opening of the second day

  • Welcome remarks by Ms. Jantine Kriens, CEO of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG)

09:15 – 12:30 4. Policy and Advocacy

09:15 – 10:45

  • Latest developments in international (development) agendas and attention of donors for local governments and decentralization

Panel discussion:

  • Ms. Emilia Sáiz, Deputy Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
  • Mr. Jorge Rodríguez, Quality Support Manager Decentralization and Local Governance, Civil Society and Local Authorities (B2 Unit), Directorate General for Development and Cooperation, European Commission
  • Mr. Maurice van Beers, Senior Policy Advisor at Inclusive Green Growth department I Habitat III Taskforce, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands)

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30

  • Discussion on development cooperation and trade opportunities: innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships

Panel discussion:

  • Jeroen Roodenburg, Director Sustainable Economic Relations and Ambassador for Business and international cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands)
  • Wouter Boesman, Office of North South Cooperation, City of Gent (Belgium)
  • Sabine Grimbère, Director of the International Office, City of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 16:15 5. Parallel sessions

  • 13:30 – 14:00 Introduction to the parallel sessions
  • 14:00 – 16:00
    • Group 1: Cities: comparison of international cooperation models (lead: Barcelona)
    • Group 2: Monitoring and evaluation group (lead: VVSG)
    • Group 3: Democratic Governance in Eastern Europe: interventions in Ukraine, Moldova (Lead: FCM)
    • Group 4: Services to members of local government associations on international affairs (Lead: VNG International)

16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 – 16:45 Report back on parallel sessions and discussion with the group on questions identified by the break out groups

16:45 – 17:00 6. Wrap up and conclusions and closing of the second day

Update from the CIB secretariat on upcoming activities

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