KEK – CDC

We are experts in development in government agencies and non-profit organisations. Our tools are analysis, advice and evaluation.

We work in Switzerland and worldwide. We are convinced that solutions work when people act together and in a participatory way.
team  |  Daniel Wegmann

Business economist (freelancer)

Daniel Wegmann

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team  |  Magali Bernard

Partner, M.Sc. in Criminal Sciences

Magali Bernard

E-Mail
044 368 58 76

Education

MSc., School of Criminal Sciences, University of Lausanne
Diploma of Advanced Studies in Evaluation, University of Berne

Working Experience

Several years of working experience in multicultural, multidisciplinary and complex environments, on bilateral and multilateral cooperation programmes, in various countries and regions:
Africa (Benin, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa), Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Romania), Japan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Switzerland

Area of Competency

  • Thematic areas:
Justice, Security, Democratic governance, Rule of law, Human rights, Migration and Social integration.
  • Services:
Advisory services to public administration at national and local levels as well as to non-profit organisations, multilateral and bilateral agencies active in development cooperation, in particular:
institutional and capacity assessment; project / programme design and management; strategic planning and strategy development; evaluation of projects, programmes and strategies; mentoring institutions on quality assurance; facilitation of workshops and experts group meetings.

Languages

French, English, German
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team  |  Dragana Matic

Administration

Dragana Matic

E-Mail
044 368 58 01

Fields of activity

Administration, accounting

Working experience

USA, Canada

Languages

German, English, Serbian

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team  |  Sophie Staheyeff

Scientific Assistant, MA Development Studies

Sophie Staheyeff

E-Mail
044 368 58 30

Education

MA in Development Studies, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex 
BLaw in Law, University of Fribourg

Experiences abroad

United Kingdom, Peru, Colombia, Chile

Languages

French, English, German, Spanish
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team  |  Marina Häusermann

Scientific assistant, MA History

Marina Häusermann

E-Mail
044 368 58 77

Education

MA History, Social Anthropology of Transnationalism and the State, University of Bern 
BA Contemporary History, Social Anthropology, University of Fribourg 
CAS in Evaluation, University of Bern

Working Experience

Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kosovo, Russia, France, Palestine, Tanzania

Languages

German, English, Spanish, French, Russian

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team  |  Markus Engler

Partner, M.Sc. Civil Engineering

Markus Engler

Education

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Regional Planning and Structural Engineering) at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, (ETH) Zurich
Post-graduate studies in Development and Cooperation (NADEL) at ETH in Zurich.

Areas of Competency

Consultant in Organisational Development, Planning, Process-Management and Evaluation

Working Experience

Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, India, Laos, Lesotho, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand

Key Qualifications

Planning, Process-Management and Evaluation

Languages

German, English, French, Nepali
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team  |  Dieter Zürcher

Partner, M. A. in Geography

Dieter Zürcher

E-Mail
044 368 58 78

Education

Licentiate in Geography at University of Zurich.

Areas of Competency

Knowledge Management, Organisation performance, Economic transformation, Rural development and income generation, Decentralisation and local governance, Migration, Sustainable development

Working Experience

Albania, Armenia, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Tansania, Vietnam

Key Qualifications

Participatory conceptualisation of development cooperation projects and programmes with logical framework and result based management concepts, Project and programme management in an interdisciplinary environment, Evaluation and impact assessment of various projects and programmes for public authorities as well as NGOs quality management in development cooperation, Design and implementation of applied research projects, Moderation of groups and organisational development processes, Conceptualisation and delivery of various training courses (in Switzerland, developing and transition countries)

Languages

German, English, Spanish, French

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team  |  Niels Rump

Partner, Agronomist and Biologist

Niels Rump

E-Mail
044 368 58 74

Education

Master of Science in Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Master of Science in Agronomy University of Algarve, Portugal
Master of Advanced Studies in Human Systems Engineering, University of Applied Science Western Switzerland   

Working Experience

Africa (Benin, Kenia, Mozambique) Asia (China) South-America (Brazil) Europe (Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary and Portugal). 

Key Qualifications

  • Adult Training:

Training and coaching of trainers, coordination and designing of training programs, e-learning.

  • Facilitation & participative methods:

Training for facilitators with focus on group performance, strategies and methods, coaching and facilitation of large group events, e-facilitation of platforms and webinars.

  • Organisational development:

Consultancy, coaching and expertise, team coaching, traning and coaching for board members and leaders.

  • Rural extension and advisory:

Methodology, designing training concept, training and coaching of advisors.

  • Business Management:

Strategic planning, HR, marketing, trade logistics, quality management (ISO).

  • Project management:

Training and coaching of project managers, outcome mapping and outcome harvesting.

Languages

French, German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

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team  |  Carsten Schulz

Partner, Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator

Carsten Schulz

E-Mail
044 368 85 75

Education

Master of Advanced Studies in Development Cooperation (MAS ETH D&C) at NADEL, ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland.
Study of Forest Sciences (M.Sc.) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

Areas of Competency

  • Thematic:

Natural Resources Management, Rural Development, Income Generation, Private Sector-Development, Decentralization and Local Governance.

  • Methodic:

Project Management; Facilitation (incl. e-Facilitation); Planning, support and evaluation of projects; Coaching, Counselling and Organizational Development.

Working Experience

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Lebanon, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Panama, Romania, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Key Qualifications

  • Project Management:

Proven management and leadership experience of managing projects in complex and intercultural situations, using a multi-stakeholder approach.

  • Facilitation:

Extensive experiences in workshop facilitation (face to face events, conferences up to 200 participants). Facilitation of e-discussions and animation of online networks.

Coaching, counseling and organizational development to organizations, project teams and individuals – including facilitation of team retreats and individual leadership coaching.

  • Knowledge Management:

Guiding knowledge sharing and learning processes; support and backstopping to thematic networks as well as to project teams and individuals. Capitalization of project experiences and results.

  • Training:

Conceptualizing, planning and conducting training courses (in an intercultural environment). Topics include all issues in the above mentioned competences as well as project cycle management, monitoring & evaluation.
Private Sector Development in rural development as well as natural resources management. Conceptualizing, planning and managing projects and programs using approaches such as value chain development or market systems development (e.g. M4P).

Languages

German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

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team  |  Dr. Kathrin Frey

Co-Managing Director, Partner, PhD in Political Science

Dr. Kathrin Frey

E-Mail
044 368 58 98

Education

PhD in Political Science, University of Zurich
Licentiate in Political Science, Business and Economics, International Law, University of Zurich

Areas of Competency

Education, health (prevention and health promotion), evidence-based policy-making

Key Qualifications

Advisory services for public administration at the federal, cantonal and local level, and for non-profit organisation. Design and implementation of evaluations and analyses of measures, projects and programmes. Concept development and moderation of development processes. Design and implementation of workshops, training modules.

Languages

German, English, French
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team  |  Céline Kohlprath

Partner, MA in International Relations

Céline Kohlprath

E-Mail
044 368 58 20

Education

MA in International Relations, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva 2006 (Erasmus in Granada, Spain, 2004)
CAS Media Relations, MAZ the Swiss School of Journalism, Lucerne 2014
Postgraduate degree in Culture and Art Management, Institut für Kulturkonzepte, Vienna, Austria 2012

What defines me best

I am results-oriented and have a flair for effective decision-making processes. My professional raison d'être is to accompany organizational change that integrates the human factor as part of the process. I aim to support responsible communication in international cooperation.

Working experience

Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Mali, Philippines

Areas of Competency

  • Thematic expertise: Refugee protection and internally displaced persons, migration policy, humanitarian aid, international cooperation and sustainable development.
  • Advocacy and institutional communication: Development and implementation of efficient multi-annual strategies with the active participation of the target groups. Monitoring and impact evaluation (M&E) of national and international awareness campaigns.
  • Multi-stakeholder project management: Expertise in strategic planning of large-scale projects using logical framework analysis and key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Organizational development: Support of communication strategies in change management processes and implementation of Knowledge Management practices.
  • Coaching in interview techniques and crisis communication.
  • Moderation and facilitation of workshops, press conferences and public events (up to 150 participants).
  • Network: Sound knowledge of Swiss institutions, NGOs and the UN sectoral coordination system.

Languages

French, German, English, Spanish, Italian
 
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team  |  Roman Troxler

Co-Managing Director, Partner, M.A. in International Economic

Roman Troxler

E-Mail
044 368 58 15

Education

M.A. in International Economic Policy
M.A. in International Affairs and Governance
B.A. in International Affairs 

Working Experience

Albania, Benin, Burkina Faso, DR Congo (South Kivu), Ethiopia, France, Germany, Kosovo, Morocco, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia

Key Qualifications

Planning and backstopping of development projects (mainly in the fields of economic development and skills) with logical frameworks and results chains, Project evaluations including cost-benefit analyses, Employment and labour market analyses.

Languages

German, French, English

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18.10.2022

Moderation of a participatory strategic development process for GIZ in Senegal


Optimising processes to strengthen the key role of the Regional Labour and Social Security Inspectorates (IRTSS) in Senegal's socio-economic development was the mission entrusted to KEK – CDC as part of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) project Ensemble vers la Réforme du Travail (Together towards Labour Reform).

During the workshops in Saly, Senegal, from 30 September to 3 October 2022, Niels Rump and Partrick Bougueliane accompanied the heads of the IRTSS departments and the General Management in a co-development process. The sixteen regional inspectors and several members of the General Management worked out together concrete action plans for this strategic issue and a roadmap for their implementation. Based on the observations made by the KEK – CDC consultants during the visits to the IRTSS, the participants were able to validate an initial diagnosis and define priorities. A selection of proven organisational development methods and some brief theoretical inputs helped to achieve the objectives in an efficient way.

With a firm grounding in participatory methods, this process resulted in a very high level of commitment from the participants and the formal involvement of the General Management. You can find our other mandates under the tab Development of organisations, strategies and projects on our website.

Niels Rump
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18.10.2022
Moderation of a participatory strategic development process for GIZ in Senegal
As part of the GIZ project "Together towards Labour Reform" and to optimise the processes of the Regional Labour and Social Security Inspectorates in Senegal, KEK - CDC moderated a 4-day workshop with regional inspectors and members of the General Management to co-create a concrete action plan and a roadmap for its implementation.

07.09.2022

KEK – CDC at the SEVAL congress 2022


After attending the SEVAL Congress in early September 2022, our team left with one main message: knowing and understanding the strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative methods is essential to capitalize on their complementarity and to adequately answer the evaluation questions.

The congress also offered our team an opportunity to exchange with evaluation professionals working all over Switzerland. KEK-CDC looks forward to future activities in the SEVAL working groups and our consultants are already excited for next year’s edition.

Have a look at our evaluations under our services.

Magali Bernard
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07.09.2022
KEK – CDC at the SEVAL congress 2022
Our team took away an important message from the SEVAL Congress 2022 that will strengthen our evaluations.

19.05.2022

Study tour of the Swiss dual vocational education (VET) system


In April 2022 and May 2022, KEK-CDC organised a study tour for two Albanian delegations working for Swisscontact’s Skills4Jobs project to discover the Swiss dual vocational education (VET) system. During the study tour, the participants visited important actors in the field of VET, such as schools, companies, and professional associations, and learned how they work together to educate young people and equip them with the skills they need for the job market. They also saw the social responsibility the actors had towards Switzerland’s youth and the quality of their education, one of the many elements that make up the country’s successful VET system.

The main takeaways from the study tour were that:
> an alignment and clarity of purpose throughout the actors regarding the framework and the goals of the VET system is essential
> using a participatory approach when defining an occupation and developing training standards plays an important role in the sustainability of the system
> synergies and regular coordination between the private sector, the schools and the state are one of the pillars of the Swiss system and helps to create to a strong VET culture

We look forward to seeing how this experience shapes the implementation of the Skills4Jobs project in Albania and thank all the actors for their warm welcome.

Roman Troxler
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19.05.2022
Study tour of the Swiss dual vocational education (VET) system
In spring 2022, KEK-CDC organised a study tour for two Albanian delegations to discover the Swiss dual vocational education (VET) system. The participants visited important actors in the field of VET, such as schools, companies, and professional associations, and learned how they work together to educate young people and equip them with the skills they need for the job market.
What were the participants’ main takeaways and how will this experience shape the implementation of their project in Albania?

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18.02.2022

Independent Evaluation of the New Regional Policy 2016-2023 [in German]


Wo steht die Neue Regionalpolitik des Bundes? Ist sie relevant und wirksam? Und vor allem: welche Empfehlungen lassen sich aus dem bisher Erreichten für die Zukunft ableiten?

Diese Fragen untersuchte KEK-CDC in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für Systemisches Management und Public Governance der Universität St. Gallen im Auftrag des Staatssekretariates für Wirtschaft (SECO).

Die Neue Regionalpolitik (NRP) hat zum Ziel, die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit der strukturschwachen Regionen zu stärken. Sie wurde 2008 als Verbundaufgabe zwischen Bund und Kantonen lanciert. Zurzeit wird das zweite Mehrjahresprogramm 2016-2023 umgesetzt.

Die Evaluation kommt zum Schluss, dass die NRP ihren Zweck erfüllt und Wirkung erzielt. Durch die Mobilisierung von Akteuren und Investitionen für periphere Regionen werden die Innovationsfähigkeit und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit gestärkt.

Die Erkenntnisse aus der Evaluation unter der Leitung von Dr. Kathrin Frey und Dieter Zürcher wurden in Kooperation mit der Agentur Sags GmbH in Form einer Webseite aufbereitet.

Schauen Sie den Kommentar von Eric Jakob, Botschafter, Leiter der Direktion für Standortförderung des SECO, hören Sie den Kurzbericht in der Audiofassung oder lesen Sie die Erkenntnisse des Gesamtberichts.

Dieter Zürcher
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18.02.2022
Independent Evaluation of the New Regional Policy 2016-2023 [in German]
Wo steht die Neue Regionalpolitik des Bundes? Ist sie relevant und wirksam? Und vor allem: welche Empfehlungen lassen sich aus dem bisher Erreichten für die Zukunft ableiten?
Diese Fragen untersuchte KEK-CDC in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für Systemisches Management und Public Governance der Universität St. Gallen im Auftrag des Staatssekretariates für Wirtschaft (SECO).

03.02.2022

Publication : Advocacy - The socio-political work of non-profit organisations and foundations [in German]


Welche Rolle haben Förderstiftungen und Nonprofit-Organisationen (NPO) in der Politik, und wie kann Advocacy-Arbeit deren Zielerreichung unterstützen? Was könnte eine Advocacy-Strategie beinhalten und wie könnte deren Konzipierung und Umsetzung aussehen? Welche Erfahrungen hat man in der Praxis schon gesammelt und was kann man daraus lernen?

In dieser Publikation wertet Dr. Kathrin Frey die Erkenntnisse aus, die KEK – CDC im Rahmen der Evaluation der «Politik der frühen Kindheit» im Auftrag der Jacobs Foundations gewonnen hat. Anhand dieses Fallbeispiels werden die Möglichkeiten und Grenzen von Advocacy-Arbeit anschaulich dargestellt.

Die Publikation entstand in Zusammenarbeit mit Robert Schmuki von Con·Sense Philanthropy Consulting. Sie gliedert sich in vier Teile und stellt den Begriff «Advocacy», die Bedeutung von Advocacy-Arbeit in der Schweiz, die Advocacy-Strategie «Politik der frühen Kindheit» und Folgerungen für die Advocacy Arbeit von NPO dar.

Die praxisbezogene Forschung ist Teil der Publikationsreihe CEPS Forschung und Praxis des Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) der Universität Basel.

Dr. Kathrin Frey
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03.02.2022
Publication : Advocacy - The socio-political work of non-profit organisations and foundations [in German]
Wie wichtig ist Advocacy-Arbeit für Förderstiftungen und Nonprofit-Organisationen, und was zeichnet erfolgreiche Advocacy-Strategien aus?  Anhand eines Fallbeispiels zur «Politik der frühen Kindheit» der Jacobs Foundation untersuchten Dr. Kathrin Frey und Robert Schmuki die gesellschaftspolitische Arbeit von Förderstiftungen und Nonprofit-Organisationen.

11.11.2021

KEK – CDC featured in RECONOMY podcast series


Roman talks about his experience supporting programmes with CBA, explains why projects should prioritize them and describes how important it is to see CBA as a continuous process embedded in the project’s existing monitoring system.

Go listen to the full episode to hear the panel explore the question of whether the invested money is worth the outcome achieved as Market Systems Development projects. Thank you RECONOMY team for this insightful exchange.

Roman Troxler
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11.11.2021
KEK – CDC featured in RECONOMY podcast series
Last month, our co-managing director Roman Troxler was invited to share his insight on Cost-Benefit Analyses (CBA) in Market Systems Development Projects on RECONOMY’s Inclusive Plug Podcast along with two economic development experts of HELVETAS.

20.09.2021

New co-management for KEK – CDC


Kathrin Frey and Roman Troxler will take over the management of KEK - CDC from Franz Kehl as of 1 November 2021.

Kathrin Frey and Roman Troxler both joined KEK - CDC in spring 2017. Kathrin Frey, who holds a doctorate in political science, is responsible for the conception and conduct of evaluations and analyses of public policies (laws, programmes, projects) in Switzerland. Her work also focuses on the facilitation of development and exchange processes. Roman Troxler has extensive experience in planning, advising and evaluating international cooperation projects and programmes, particularly in the thematic fields of economics, employment and vocational training. With their different backgrounds and experience, they complement each other ideally and cover all essential thematic and service areas of KEK - CDC.

Franz Kehl will continue to work as a partner at KEK - CDC until the end of 2021 and support the transition of the management. In January 2022, he will take up a new challenge as a member of the management of Swisscontact. We would like to thank Franz Kehl for his fifteen years of commitment to the company (including six years as Managing Director) and wish him all the success in his future endeavours.

Franz Kehl
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20.09.2021
New co-management for KEK – CDC
Kathrin Frey and Roman Troxler will take over the management of KEK - CDC from Franz Kehl as of 1 November 2021.

29.01.2021

Evaluation of the New Regional Policy


SECO has commissioned KEK-CDC in cooperation with the Institute for Systemic Management and Public Governance of the University of St.Gallen and the communication agency sags with the independent evaluation of the multi-year program NRP 2016-2023. The evaluation will be implemented in the 1st half of 2021 using a diverse methodological approach.
 

Dieter Zürcher
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29.01.2021
Evaluation of the New Regional Policy
The New Regional Policy (NRP) of the Swiss Confederation, which has been in place since 2008, pursues the goal of supporting mountain regions, other rural areas and border regions in their regional economic development.

21.08.2020

Evaluation in times of Covid-19 


Marina Häusermann investigated these questions as part of her CAS thesis at the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Bern. The full CAS thesis can be found here.

Marina Häusermann
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21.08.2020
Evaluation in times of Covid-19 
Covid-19 has changed our daily and working lives and restricted our freedom of movement. What does this mean for evaluation projects? And how do you conduct evaluations at a distance? Marina Häusermann investigated these questions as part of her CAS thesis at the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Bern.

26.05.2019

Evaluation of the national dementia strategy on SRF



Dr. Kathrin Frey
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26.05.2019
Evaluation of the national dementia strategy on SRF
KEK - CDC, together with the B,S,S. office, has evaluated the National Dementia Strategy.  The health magazine Puls has now reported on the results.

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2017 - 2018

Staatssekretariat für Migration SEM

Evaluation of integrated border management

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The "Integrated Border Management" strategy and the "Integrated Border Management 2014-2017" action plan have been used by the federal and cantonal authorities to jointly combat illegal migration and cross-border crime. At the same time, the strategy also serves to ensure smooth legal entry.

On behalf of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), KEK - CDC in cooperation with TC Team Consult realized an evaluation, which provides a sound basis for the assessment of the elaboration, the implementation and the impact of the strategy and the action plan. The evaluation results and the resulting recommendations served the SEM and the extended 'Steering Group Border' to design the next strategy phase in the field of integrated border management.

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Evaluation of integrated border management
The "Integrated Border Management" strategy and the "Integrated Border Management 2014-2017" action plan have been used by the federal and cantonal authorities to jointly combat illegal migration and cross-border crime. At the same time, the strategy also serves to ensure smooth legal entry.
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2011 - 2019
The Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme (SRCP) has been part of the non-refundable aid offered by the Swiss Federal Council to 12 European member states who joined the EU between 2004 and 2007. Its main goals have been to reduce economic and social disparities between Romania and the more advanced countries of the European Union and between Romanian urban centres and structurally weak peripheral regions. 

KEK - CDC was mandated by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as leader of a consortium* for managing and administrating the two Thematic Funds: “Civil Society Participation” and “Partnership and Expert Fund”. The main goal of the former has been the promotion of active participation of Romanian civil society organisations in policy processes both as a voice of the civil society and as service providers whereas the purpose of the latter has been to strengthen Swiss-Romanian partnerships that are capable to address development challenges.  

In order to compile the achievements of the two Thematic Funds, a website was created with a catalogue of all 141 projects and video/visual products. By February 2018 all projects completed their implementation and closing events took place in Romania as well as in Switzerland. An external final evaluation concluded that the funds were successfully implemented and overall reached the outcomes, namely that citizens’ life changed positively and that the Civil Society’s voice in addressing policy change was strengthened. Yet, the impact at policy level was more difficult to assess. 


* Consortium formed by KEK - CDC, Civil Society Development Foundation and Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation
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Managing and administrating the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme (SRCP)
The Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme (SRCP) has been part of the non-refundable aid offered by the Swiss Federal Council to 12 European member states who joined the EU between 2004 and 2007. Its main goals have been to reduce economic and social disparities between Romania and the more advanced countries of the European Union and between Romanian urban centres and structurally weak peripheral regions. 
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