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					  CAPACITY
DEVELOPMENT
ISSUES FOR DISCUSSION
        CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

• Fundamental challenge for trade union
  development cooperation
• Basket – concept
 •   Education and training
 •   Advocacy
 •   Organising
 •   Administration
 •   Project management
  TRADE UNIONS ARE VALUE BASED
          (=POLITICAL)
• Independent/autonomous
  =     Not dependent from outside “powers”
      • Financially
      • Politically/ideologically/ “thinking”
      • Plan of action
• Democratic/participative
 • “controlled/member driven”
 • Structures and democratic accountability
• Representative
 • Affiliation and support from workers
 • Able to represent the voice of the members
                 SOLIDARITY

• Solidarity and international cooperation
• Role of regional and international structures and
  frameworks
• Interaction between national, regional and
  international level in practice and in principles
  (standards – control mechanisms)
• Solidarity is foundation of our strength
   TU PRINCIPLES & GUIDELINES ON
    DEVELOPMENT EFFECTIVENESS
• Ownership & autonomy
  • Plan of action
  • Need assessment
• Transparency and accountability (democratic
  structures)
• Inclusiveness and Equality (representativity)
• Coherence (interaction)
• Sustainability (dues, governance, solidarity, …)
  CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT BEYOND
            TRAINING
• An integrated approach on CD
• Integrated in TU “objectives” and “time
  = embedded in national action plans
• linking all aspects of trade union organising work
  into a coherent approach
• Cooperation programmes are only a part, a
  “contribution” to this embedded approach
• Sustainability comes from “within”
          5 DIMENSIONS OF CD

• Policy development
 • A TU wants to influence improvement of working and living
   conditions, and therefore economic and political
   governance etc…
 • TU need to have their own “thinking”/political, social,
   economic, cultural, ecological alternatives
• Advocacy
 • TU want their proposals to be “adopted”
 • Advocacy strategies are diverse and contextual
             5 DIMENSIONS OF CD

• Promotion and advertisement of TU views,
  strategies, results, …
  • Representation and representativeness have to be ensured
    beyond private and sectorial interests
• Training
  • Is an essential part of the process but not the whole process.
    Training without the other strategic elements is not
    sustainable.
• Research
  • TU need to prepare and support policy, training,
    promotional activities and advocacy
 THE CHALLENGES OF CD FOR DC

See also principles
• Dialogue between partners on the TU-owned plans
  of action are essential and a prerequisite for
  sustainable CD
• CD should be “holistic” and based on the partners’
  need
• Donor needs (programme administration and
  “justification”) should not be a burden on the
  implementation of national action plans
     CHALLENGES OF CD FOR DC

• Coherence and interactivity should allow to
  approach pluralism and atomisation of the trade
  union landscape at national/local level in, a shared
  and more effective/objective manner.
• Donors should be aware of the implicit transfer of
  “donor-models” to their partners and make these
  also an element of dialogue
• DC and CD should not serve TU (bilateral)
  “diplomacy” but contribute “strengthen the parts
  and the whole”
    CHALLENGES OF CD FOR DC

• Northern driven “priorities” or “thematic and
  geographical concentration” by back donors (or
  by TU themselves) are incompatible with a “national
  action plan driven” cooperation, leading to the
  atomisation of trade union actions in the south
  (gender, child labour, ….)
• Coherence has to give strength to the local trade
  union CD action and DC should enable that.
OTHER QUESTIONS: TRADE UNIONS AS
       SOCIAL MOVEMENT
• The TU: social movement in a (local) context
  • Beyond the direct interests of (formal) workers
  • Taking up the challenge of participative democracy as a
    prerequisite for effective trade union work and impact on
    policies
  • Taking up the challenge of working class needs beyond the
    workplace (education, housing, public services, gender
    equality, environment,…)
  • Cooperatives and solidarity organizations
  • Political and CSO alliances
 OTHER QUESTIONS: CD FOR SOCIAL
          DIALOGUE
• CD for social dialogue
  •   Cooperating with employers
  •   Role of/for the ILO
  •   New challenge for DC (donor priorities)
  •   Linking CD for TU and CD for Social Dialogue
      THE TUDCN AND CD IN DC

Proposal for year 1 (October/November)
• International Seminar of CD
 • Share practices of CD in DC
 • Discuss long term CD strategy based on
   • Sustainability of its impact in political terms (strong and effective
     unions)
   • Sustainability in terms of trade union organising
   • Taking advantage of the “new ITUC” momentum
   • Take the DW in DC debate to the national level and make it
     part of the national development agenda’s
     THE TUDCN AND CD IN DC

Year 2
• Regional seminars on contribution of DC for more
  effective and sustainable CD in the region (at
  national/sector level)
• Create conditions for CD on CD in the regions to
  enable CD at national and local level as a
  contribution to more effective impact of TUDC
     THE TUDCN AND CD IN DC

The longer term
• Link to be established with regional DC networks
  and also with DC coordination in the region (donor
  “harmonisation” and “alignment”).