Our Consortium

The project is implemented by a consortium composed of Particip GmbH (lead partner), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD). The consortium has extensive experience in the areas of civil society support, human rights, democracy strengthening, gender equality, as well as policy dialogue and communication. Its vast experience in accompanying and strengthening civil society movements and networks during post-conflict and transition periods as well as the institutional experience working with various EU services combines theoretical knowledge with practical know-how.

Particip GmbH

Particip GmbH offers consulting, training and coaching services to international organizations mainly in developing and in transition countries. Particip can draw from expertise and know-how gained from more than a thousand successful assignments in over 120 countries. In the Neighbourhood South Region Particip is carrying our regional and national projects in different countries, such as Tunisia, Jordan, Algeria or Morocco.

Particip’s services are mainly focused on the support to the public sector and institutional strengthening, capacity building of civil society organizations and non-state actors, local governance, social and human development, regional, rural and local development and the environment and natural resources.

Particip GmbH

Core areas of work include

  • Technical Assistance Management and centrally managed advisory services and helpdesks;

  • Support to Civil Society organisations and local authorities;

  • Capacity and organisational development including training, facilitation of workshops, seminars, focus groups;

  • Policy advice, development of management guidelines at policy, programme and project level;

  • Studies, surveys and analyses covering a broad variety of sectors and themes, among others CSOs and LA.

  • Communication, public relations and visibility projects;

  • Monitoring and evaluation;

  • Conflict- and post conflict analysis and assessments;

  • Public administration support.

European Partnership for Democracy (EPD)

The European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) is a non-profit organization supporting democracy worldwide. EPD is the first Community of Practice at the EU level – where practitioners from different dimensions of democracy support can produce and share knowledge and experience in order to increase the impact of their work. 16 European civil and political society organization are involved, from 11 EU member states with presents almost worldwide. EPD facilitates the exchange of knowledge and good practices worldwide while advocating for a stronger presence of democracy support on the EU’s agenda. Most projects aim for democracy support e.g. support for civil society organizations and capacity development to further CSO’s roles as a partner for governance and to drive political and policy change and defend fundamental rights and civil liberties. But the toolbox for democracy support is diverse, and such is EPD’s work and approaches.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH 

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH provides international cooperation services. Most of their work is commissioned by the German State, but private companies, foundations, international clients e.g. UN organizations and national governments do commission their services as well. GIZ provides an array of services such as assisting emerging economies in addressing climate change, or working towards alleviating poverty, promoting economic development in fragile states and arrange training courses for the German vocational training system. In the Neighbourhood South region GIZ has offices in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia, and more than 1.100 staff working in the region. Focus of their work in the region is to support economic and social reform. Activities range from building legislative frameworks at the national level to regional vocational training programmes and support for small and medium-sized enterprises. GIZ places special emphasis on combating youth unemployment, integrating women to a greater degree into economic life and encouraging economic reform and regional cooperation.

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