These and other questions were addressed in the report and discussed at the launch chaired by Marina Sarli, Board member of CONCORD with the panelists Joseph Schermesser, Head of Sector, EC DEVCO Unit B1 and Paolo Fontani, Director of UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels together with the consultant who conducted the research, Ilze Saleniece. The room was full of CONCORD members and civil society organisations from Education and Development sectors.
Here are some recommendations flagged in the report for the 3 main issues:
- GCE concept: there will always be multiple interpretations, this means no need to fight for a new concept. Instead, a mapping of what conceptually exists should be undertaken.
- GCE funding: we need flexibility and a long-term vision on funding structures as well as the creation of new financial instruments aiming to promoting GCE. A clear pourcentage of ODA should be dedicated to GCE.
- GCE stakeholders: Active relationship with the educational sector and institutions is also needed. We recommend the creation of a multi-stakeholder platform at national, European and international levels as well as a multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral strategic framework. On top, NGOs should be perceived as critical partners and mediators, as they have the expertise and experience in the field of GCE.