“Traditionally Brussels decided the goals and the format and invited groups to join. Now we start locally, ask what’s needed, what people want to achieve. Then people build up an initiative together and seek funding to support it. It’s much more proactive.” Anders Bergström, Norden Association
The aim of HA Capacity is to offer capacity building support for the implementing stakeholders, using multilevel governance as an overall guiding principle. In practice, this will be carried out by means of:
• Developing and operating a capacity building platform for the implementing stakeholders. • Involving and utilizing networks across sectors in the Baltic Sea Region, supporting involvement of local- and regional authorities, NGOs, business and academia to ensure that all levels will be mobilized to the full extent.
HA Capacity - capacity building and involvement
A key factor of success for the EUSBSR is the integrated and coordinated governance of the Baltic Sea region, between sectors of society as well as between regional and local authorities, business, academia, civil society organisations and other stakeholders in the respective countries.
Through active involvement of all potential stakeholders in promoting and implementing the goals of the EUSBSR and its Action Plan we can ensure, that the words are translated into action.
Understanding and being able to make use of the cobweb of multilevel governance in a project driven reality, within the respective policy areas involved in the implementation of the EUSBSR, is the heart of its success. Multilevel governance strengthens openness, participation, coordination and joint commitment to delivering targeted solutions.
Posted by HA Capacity, Monday, 26th March 2018 @ 5:04pm
PARTICIPATION DAY AND NETWORKING VILLAGE
- PROMOTION OF INVOLVEMENT AND PARTICIPATION
The EUSBSR has created a coherent and structured framework for joint actions to address common challenges and mobilize macro-regional resources in the Baltic Sea Region; many are those who have been given formal roles and responsibilities in accordance with the Action Plan. The long-term viability of the Strategy is nevertheless dependent upon continued efforts to secure the engagement and active involvement also of actors that are not formally charged with “duties” in accordance with the EUSBSR and its Action Plan, e.g. local and regional authorities, business, academia and civil society organisations. One venue well suited to achieve this aim is the Annual Forums with the Participation Day and the Networking Village.
Besides plenary sessions and seminars participants in the Annual Forums need a meeting place where they can discuss their ideas for cooperation with PACs/HACs or ask questions on how to get involved in our development processes. This is also the place where our flagships can present their results and meet with potential partners. This year we return to what before has been an integrated part of our Annual Forums, the Networking Village. Some of you remember these meeting places from the Forums in Turku, Jūrmala, Vilnius, Gdansk and Copenhagen.
In Tallinn we will have five stands. Three of them for our Policy Areas, grouped around the three overall objectives. One stand for our Horizontal Actions and a fifth one for the EU Commission. Each of the stands are equipped with a desk, a place to put information material, a screen (with a lap top) and a place to put a role-up. You as PAC or HAC are welcome to use these stands for presenting your PA/HA, your flagships and for holding meetings with participants in the Forum. With more than one PA/HA in each stand we prepare a rolling scheme where you as PAC/HAC sign up for a time slot when you or someone representing your PA/HA will be present at the stand. HA Capacity will take care of the hosting, making sure someone always will be at the stand, keep it clean and be able to answer more general questions.
Enclosed you will find a picture of the stand and a plan of the Networking Village. We need your answer with a request for a time slot at the latest on 30 April. Please register here for your time slot:https://goo.gl/forms/xGEjaabbyqfeMXBz2 Until then we need also the videos or slide shows you would like to present at the screen. We will inform you later on when and where we need your information material and roll-ups.
This half-day prior to the Annual Forum should be understood as a market place where stakeholders can present their ideas, get feed back and guidance from PACs enabling new stakeholders to take part in the implementation of the Strategy. Our aim is to reduce the step into the Strategy, making our guiding principle with multi-level governance and cross-sectorial cooperation a reality.
This year’s Participation Day will focus on three themes
Sustainable consumption and production (PA Bioeconomy)
Integration of refugees (PA Education)
Energy efficiency (PA Energy)
We invite representatives of EUSBSR stakeholders, such as local and regional authorities, civil society organisations, academia, business and media, to this Tallinn Participation Day. Welcome to spread it to your stakeholders and contacts.
Posted by HA Capacity, Monday, 15th January 2018 @ 11:18pm
Inom ramen för EU:s Östersjöstrategi har Umeå kommun och Föreningen Norden nöjet att inbjuda er till
Participation Day i Umeå
Tid: Torsdagen den 22 mars 2018
Plats: Nolia Konferens, Signalvägen 3, Umeå
Kom och delta i en ny form av europeiskt samarbete! Dagens problem är ofta komplexa och kräver gemensamma lösningar. Participation Day i Umeå samlar lokala och regionala aktörer i gemensamma utvecklingsprocesser.
Under Participation Day får din organisation möjlighet att presentera projektförslag eller andra samarbetsförslag till transnationellt samarbete i Östersjöregionen.
Posted by HA Capacity, Monday, 15th January 2018 @ 10:48pm
The EUSBSR can be used as a driver for development as well as a platform for cooperation. This was thoroughly discussed during a workshop with PA Health in Riga on December 6. The workshop involved representatives from around the Baltic Sea Region aiming to increase the capacity for transnational cooperation in the Health sector.
- For me, valuable discussions were about finding common solutions for societal challenges within the health area, and also to better understand the intervention logic and flagship concept as proposed by HA Capacity, says Olga Andreeva Deputy Manager at the Federal Research Institute for Health Care Organization and Information of MoH of the Russian Federation.
In essence, the ESUBSR functions as an interconnected system. It facilitates strategic processes and supports collaboration aimed to implement policy as well as concrete action. Macro-Regional Strategies, such as the EUSBSR, give us a policy framework for tackling complex societal challenges. The approach emphasizes transnational cooperation as a method, whereby stakeholders are activated through a structure for multilevel governance.
The PA Health workshop specifically centred on different aspects of policy impact and how it can be achieved through policy development; the implementation of relevant actions; and through developing new methods and solutions in order to better implement and achieve policy targets. Discussions also focused on aligning funding structures as well as on the relationships between project, process and policy.
- I was a total beginner in this field so everything that was discussed gave me new perspectives and insights, but that which I remember the most are the discussions on how projects, processes and policy connect and interact, says Bartosz Zablocki, Senior Specialist at the Ministry of Health in Poland.
One challenge in working with Macro-Regional Strategies, designing flagship processes and guiding project promoters seems to be to define relevant and properly dimensioned objectives and targets.
- We should be realistic about what we aim for in our projects and programmes. Instead of aiming at specific health outcomes (e.g. reducing mortality or morbidity), better institutional capacity may be a more realistic objective, especially in the context of macro regional collaboration networks, says Ûlla-Karin Nurm, Director at the NDPHS Secretariat.