Wednesday, 11 February 2015

PMVRO the Slovak partner of Media4Development

PMVRO (The Slovak NDGO Platform) is an interest group of legal entities, an umbrella organization of 31 non-governmental organizations in Slovakia (24 regular members and 7 observers) primarily active in the area of international development cooperation, humanitarian assistance and global education. The NGDO Platform’s role is to represent the common interests of its member organizations both at home and abroad, influence policy making in the area of development cooperation and raise public awareness about issues related to development assistance. The members of the Platform are indispensable actors of the Slovak Official Development Assistance.

The NGDO Platform began to emerge in 1998. In 2003, it was established as an interest group of 15 legal entities and was officially registered at the Regional Office in Bratislava. In May 2010, the NGDO Platform and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which the NGDO Platform was granted a status of an official partner of the MFA for review and preparation of key documents related to development policies and development cooperation. 

The NGDO Platform is a partner of the project Media4Development funded by European Union. The project coordinator Dagmar Mekinova and her colleagues are looking forward to the three year cooperation with organizations from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Finland and GB/Ireland. We believe that our participation in the project will lead to increased interest of people living in Slovakia, policy makers in global issues and that the journalists will be more determined to cover them.  

In 2015 PMVRO plans the following Media4Development activities/events:
- raising awareness of the Slovak public about the work of the Slovak NDGOs in the field of development cooperation by writing about their development projects related to the EYD2015 monthly themes and posting them on Facebook. As the January them was “Europe in the World”, the map showing the places in the world where Slovak NDGOs, members of PMVRO, are active in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid was developed and posted on Facebook.
- media monitoring on the coverage of development issues   
March: participation of a Slovak documentarist in the training in Tallinn lead by ERR who will receive a grant for a study trip and production of a documentary.
April: participation of two experienced journalists in the training in Helsinki led by VIKES who will take part in a joint study trip or receive a grant to visit development projects of Slovak NDGOs himself/herself.
- participation of 5 policy makers in the round table in Riga organized by Green Liberty
- development of the bulletin “Rozvojova spolupraca” (Development Cooperation)
June - September: organizing a photo/news story competition “Decent Life for All”, the winners will be awarded by grants for study trips to development countries.  
October: organizing the event “Development Day” on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty with the aim to promote work of Slovak NDGOs and stimulate public interest in global issues. The winning photos/news stories of the photo/news story competition will be exhibited there and the winners officially announced.
November-December : travelling exhibition from photo/story  competition  (at least 3 towns in Slovakia)
-  development of the bulletin “Rozvojova spolupraca” (Development Cooperation)
 - preparation of the January 2016 opinion pools  

Except all listed above, we will organize informal media briefs and publish press releases.

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