IPF

2nd Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on
Partnerships and Local Governance
International Partnership Fair
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Programme 13 - 15 February 2006

The design of the Fair will support interactive exchange in relation to core aspects of partnership working such as defining aims and objectives, drawing up strategies, bringing on board partners and developing tools and instruments. The Fair will offer Partnership meetings with 35 selected partnerships covering countries of the European Union, South-East Europe, America and Asia Pacific who will set up exhibit stands and exchange their practical experiences at the stands.

In addition, the Fair will provide Discussion groups on core themes for partnerships. Finally, attendees can organise individual meetings at Meeting-points and receive information at Information desks.

Programme

Monday, 13 FebruaryTuesday, 14 FebruaryWednesday, 15 February
08.30ArrivalMorning coffeeMorning coffee
09.00Session 03Session 09
10.00Session 04Discussion ISession 10
11.00Session 05Discussion IIOutlook / Conclusion
12.00Check-in and registrationBuffet lunchDeparture
14.00Welcome and openingSession 06Discussion III
15.00Session 01Session 07Discussion IV
16.00Session 02Session 08
17.00 Partnership Chill out
Information desks and Meeting-points will be available at your full disposal

The official language of the Fair will be English. No translation services will be provided by the organisers. Please kindly note that your participation in the partnership meetings needs to be booked beforehand. The preliminary programme is subject to change.

Welcome and opening

Partnership Meetings (Session 01 to 10)

During the Fair, ten different sessions will offer visitors the opportunity to meet representatives of selected partnerships and exchange practical experiences at their exhibition stands. In each session, lasting 45 minutes, up to four visitors will be able to interview partnership representatives about key aspects of their work. Based on your priority list, 6 meetings will be arranged for you during the Fair.

You can design your own meeting schedule, by selecting the partnerships you would be most interested in meeting, when making your Registration. A brief description of each of the presenting Partnerships is available, outlining their structure, context, objectives, outputs and outcomes.

Discussion Groups (Discussion I to IV)

Various partnerships at the First Forum Meeting (Vienna, 26 - 27 April 2005) stated a need for further discussion and exchange on two key issues, effective capacity building and partnership performance indicators. In response to this request, four discussion groups on the above mentioned two topics will be organised during the International Partnerships Fair to discuss specific experiences. The discussion groups are being held in parallel to the partnership meetings and offered twice per topic.

Effective Capacity Building (Discussion I and III):

Building capacity is a critical issue for partnerships. Networking, working strategically, and taking an integrated approach to local development are difficult tasks that require specific and complex skills. Capacity building activities should aim to fill the skills gaps which exist in these areas. Key questions include: how can gaps be identified in the skills and competences available to partnerships, both at their administrative core and amongst the various partners (i.e. government, local authorities, employers, NGOs etc) involved. What are the right tools and benchmarks to help partnerships establish their own diagnosis as to where such skills gaps exist?

These questions will be central to the Discussion Group “Effective Capacity Building”. The aim is to encourage the exchange of information among the members of the Forum on current practices, and comparisons between them. In particular, practitioners and researchers will discuss management issues and share information on appropriate tools and instruments for identifying skill gaps.

The discussion will be introduced by

and moderated by

Partnership Performance Indicators (Discussion II and IV):

Performance indicators help organisations to measure progress towards pre-defined goals. As partnerships are an unusual type of organisation, progress is often difficult to measure: partnerships aim to coordinate policies, to adapt policies to local conditions and to increase participation in the design of an integrated approach to local development. This calls for a different set of indicators that can capture both improvements in the governance framework locally and the results of specific projects undertaken. How can the performance of partnerships be evaluated against governance outcomes as well as policy outputs? How can governance outcomes be tracked and measured?

The Discussion Group “Partnership performance indicators” will attempt to respond to these questions by exchanging information on current experience and compare the performance indicators used in various countries and under various policy frameworks and conditions.

The discussion will be introduced by

and moderated by

Outlook / Conclusion

Statements by speakers and partnership experts.

Information Desks and Meeting-points

Information desks for various international organisations and institutions, including OECD / LEED, European Commission/DG Regional Policy, European Commission/DG Employment, UNDP and ILO, will be available at your full disposal in the conference hall. There is no need to pre-register your visit to these stands.

Do you intend to meet with participants at the Fair outside of the partnership meetings? Comfortable meeting-points will be available at the Parkhotel Schönbrunn to provide you with a place to meet on an individual basis.