Establishment of Non-State Actor Advisory Panels and NSA capacity building programmes in the Eastern Caribbean

Overall purposes

To assist in the establishment of NSA Advisory Panels in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 


To assist in the elaboration of an EDF-funded capacity building programme for NSAs in Dominica (EURO 1,000,000) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (EURO 840,000).

Specific objectives

The specific objectives of this consultancy are the following:


  1. Collection of baseline data to determine the current reality on the ground, analyse the current structure and capacity of NSAs and review the experience of NSA participation in in each of the six countries (particularly as regards EC-funded programmes) including a determination of the following;

    1. The categories, structure, composition and capacity of NSAs;

    2. The extent to which they address the needs of the population;

    3. Their specific competencies and comparative advantages;

    4. Their governance structures and capacity (i.e., whether they are managed transparently and democratically);

    5. The current legal framework and political will to promote greater participation of NSAs (bottlenecks and best practices);

    6. The coverage and effectiveness of existing programmes, support mechanisms, networks, donor coordination, ect;

    7. Their relations with the Government;

    8. The extent to which NSAs are involved in EC-funded programmes.

  1. Elaboration of recommendations regarding the establishment of NSAs Advisory Panels, including with respect to membership (which organisations should participate according to which criteria), institutional set up (format), substantive (what exactly would it do) and operational functioning (how would it operate). In doing this, attention should be paid to any existing inequalities among NSAs and the need for balanced representation of business, Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and other sectors of civil society, as business are sometimes likely to have a stronger voice in EU-ACP dialogue and negotiations than many CBOs. Moreover, recommendations regarding the establishment of advisory panels and capacity building programmes should also be based on an appreciation for the interests and perspectives of men and women.

  1. The preparation of capacity building programmes for Dominica’s and St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ NSAs, focusing on, inter alia, advocacy, consultation mechanisms, management (in particular financial management), leadership, participatory tools and techniques, representation and constituency building, best practice in gender equality, strategic planning, targeting techniques and approaches, learning techniques, fund raising approaches, networking skills, project cycle management, research and analytical skills, stakeholder analysis tools and techniques and training and capacity building techniques for beneficiaries.

Area of competence: 
Civil Society
Civil Society
Donor organisation: 
European Commission
Start of project: 
July, 2005