[Call for trainers] Training on Gender Mainstreaming

[Call for trainers] Training on Gender Mainstreaming

Background of the training

Achieving Gender Equality is a key policy objective of EU development cooperation. To promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in its own external relations, the EU has adopted a framework known as the EU Gender Action Plan (GAP) II. The EC is currently elaborating a GAP III for the years 2021-2025. Gender equality is furthermore an integral part of the EU’s Rights-Based-Approach (RBA) to development cooperation. For all EuropeAid project proposals, the promotion of Gender Equality has to be integrated as a cross-cutting issue.

While this might seem obvious for projects that explicitly aim to enhance gender equality in a given country (i.e. “Gender equality projects” like projects against Gender-based violence, projects to capacitate women CSOs, projects to improve women’s access to the labor market etc.), it can be more challenging to properly include a gender perspective / gender mainstreaming in EU project proposals that have other main objectives (e.g. capacitating trade unions, improving the quality of journalism, improving transparency/accountability of political institutions, security sector reform etc.) or in projects that – at first glance – appear to be gender neutral.

Objective of the training

The main objective of the training is to explain the concept and implication of a gender perspective and gender mainstreaming in EuropeAid applications/projects and to illustrate how to best include it even if the project’s main objective is not explicitly geared towards improving gender equality. The training will equip participants with a variety of very practical ideas to promote gender equality in the design and implementation of EU projects (i.e. beyond the typical quotas for female participants etc.). It should provide concrete tips how to illustrate in the application documents (Concept Note, Full Application form, Logframe, Budget) that a gender perspective has been taken properly into account.

Scope and methodology of the training


  • Introduction: Raising awareness of the significance of gender and the impact of gender differences on EU projects (even if they appear “gender neutral”) and how to treat gender equality as a cross-cutting issue
  • How to include gender analysis into the overall design of the project? (e.g. assessing diverging needs/constraints of men and women in the project’s target groups)
  • Beyond quotas: What kind of techniques and activities can be proposed to ensure the conclusions of the analysis are well addressed in the project (e.g. targeted activities, extra budgets etc.)
  • How to draft gender sensitive indicators
  • Practical tips: How to show in the application and reporting documents (Logframe, Full Application, Budget, Concept Note, Interim and Final Report) that gender perspective has been taken into account (e.g. referencing relevant EU policy documents, budgeting specific activities etc.)
  • Tips for Gender sensitive project implementation


  • Methodological mix: Combining input by the trainer with interactive elements such as group work, mini-surveys etc.
  • Leaving room for individual questions of participants and exchange of experience among participants
  • Providing Power Point Presentation & list of online resources that participants can use after the training
Required profile of the trainer
  • Substantial expertise and experience in gender mainstreaming and gender-oriented project and program planning processes;
  • Experience of conducting gender trainings in international contexts;
  • Good understanding of EU approach to Gender equality in development cooperation;
  • Substantial experience in consulting for / writing / reviewing / conceptualizing successful EuropeAid project applications;
  • Fluency in English both written and oral;
  • Experienced in conducting online trainings.
  • Receipt of training offer by 16 August 2022
  • Moderation and facilitation of a 2-day à 3 hours online training via Zoom (in total 6 hours of training that should divided among 2 days in one week).
Expression of interest

Experts with the above mentioned profile are kindly invited to send their CV, outlining their relevant experience and their expected overall fee for the preparation and the facilitation of the training as well as proposed program of the training. Applications shall be sent to Aleksandra Starčević aleksandra.starcevic@enop.eu by 16 August 2022.

For further details please refer to the full Terms of Reference below:

ENoP Position on a Strong Multi-actor Approach in the NDICI Programming

ENoP Position on a Strong Multi-actor Approach in the NDICI Programming

Considering the lack of multi-actor project opportunities in the last thematic “Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities” (CSO-LA) programme, the necessity to assist local authorities in developing EU-funded projects, as well as the unique added value of political foundations in CSO-LA projects, the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) stresses the importance of encouraging multi-actor approach in the NDICI programming. The benefits of employing a multi-actor approach are particularly important for an effective impact of projects on sustainable development and thematic priority areas for EU’s external action, such as sustainable growth, climate change and peace and governance.

To ensure multi-actor consortia is allowed, when possible, ENoP recommends:

  • Including Local Authorities as eligible (independent) actors, with restrictions for (semi-) autocratic regimes.
  • Ensuring civil society organisations, including political foundations, are considered eligible actors, instead of limiting them to (thematic) programmes dedicated specifically to them.
  • Allowing joint projects applications for CSOs, LAs and other actors from Europe and partner countries, by removing unnecessary restrictions of eligibility criteria.
Supporting democracy through geographic Global Europe programmes

Supporting democracy through geographic Global Europe programmes


Supporting democracy through geographic Global Europe programmes

In view of the public consultation on the Delegated Regulation on Global Europe programming, and in order to make the geographic Global Europe programmes deliver on sustainable development, with a focus on democracy, the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP), and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) have developed the following paper with recommendations.

Joint Publication on Reflections and Distortions - The Electoral Impact of Social Media in Europe

Joint Publication on Reflections and Distortions - The Electoral Impact of Social Media in Europe

Joint publication of the European Network of Political Foundations and the Centre of International & European Political Economy & Governance on Reflections and Distortions – The Electoral Impact of Social Media in Europe.

To analyse politics in our time, one must take into consideration the advancements in information technology, artificial intelligence – the terms and conditions that shape the digital public sphere. In the last two decades, social media has contributed to a remodeling of the citizens’ relation to politics. It has created a shift in the way political content is disseminated, which consequently affects the political function itself, and citizens’ understanding of political actors. It is therefore not just a matter of political communication, but also of political substance. The quantification of this effect is multidimensional, so its definition becomes elusive. Moreover, even though there is too much data available, no analysis of the phenomenon is sufficiently profound, given that the relevant technology advances at dizzying speeds.

Beyond public perception and despite the accompanying digital buzz, what is the tangible impact of social media on elections, and to what extent can it be quantified? What is social media’s overall political footprint? Are social media platforms capable of shaping an election result or are they just another means of political communication, voter mobilisation and fundraising—a digital community of commentary and criticism, or a medium for political relief? Can their evaluation serve as a predictor of election outcomes?

The present paper attempts to provide answers to these questions and it was published by the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) and the Centre for International & European Political Economy & Governance (CIEPEG) at the University of Peloponnese (Department of Political Science and International Relations), as part of the online research program elecionset.org set by the CIEPEG.

The publication aims to present new research data that will contribute to the emergence of new dimensions, to the analysis and evaluation of the phenomenon —both academically and politically— while also serving as a record of the relevant public debate in Europe

ENoP joint statement on NDICI October 2020

ENoP joint statement on NDICI October 2020

In view of the next round of negotiations between the EU institutions on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, ENoP together with 7 civil society organisations and networks, have signed a joint statement, calling on EU Member States and the European Parliament to reverse cuts to the NDICI and to reinforce the humanitarian aid budget in the EU budget talks. 

The undersigned organisations and networks call on EU Member States and the European Parliament to:

  • Reverse the cuts to the NDICI by bringing it back to the EC’s 2018 proposal of €78.994 billion in 2018 prices;
  • Reinforce the humanitarian aid budget;  
  • Increase substantially the funding for the thematic and rapid response actions pillars of the NDICI by reducing the allocation to the “emerging challenges and priorities cushion”. More specifically, the thematic pillar should be  increased to at least 11.49% of the NDICI budget, while the rapid response pillar should be increased to at least 3.76% of the NDICI budget.
The statement is undersigned by: