Nopoor is set up to inform the global and EU policy agenda, especially regarding the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals that address poverty eradication, directly or indirectly, and their possible extension. In this, Nopoor has to secure the participation of stakeholders (policymakers, union and trade associations, international organisations, NGOs, etc.) to suggest feasible solutions based on the scientific knowledge generated by Nopoor poverty eradication research. We use the Nopoor contributions to explore new policies and instruments for national governments, the EU and international private and public institutions.
• Involve stakeholders, especially policymakers, to raise their awareness of the project’s focuses and scientific objectives.
• Summarise the findings of the Nopoor research project and provide executive briefings for policymakers, stakeholders and NGOs.
• Use the findings of previous comparative studies on the ways in which poverty has been addressed in different countries, identifying the main lessons in each of them.
• Generate policy briefs to tackle poverty at EU, national and international levels in cooperation with policymakers and other stakeholders.
• Deliver expertise to relevant EU departments on poverty issues in developing countries in line with the international and EU political agenda, including the review of the post-2015 MDGs.
The Project Officer is involved in all these actions. The consortium has a suitable mechanism in place to discuss with Commission policymakers and regularly engage with relevant Commission departments/agencies to ensure the policy relevance of research. This can include meetings in Brussels, regular briefings and informal contacts between the consortium and relevant Commission departments.
• Work with DEVCO on particular issues as requested and production of briefs (state of play).
• Work with the 2013-15 rotating Council presidencies (Ireland, Lithuania, Greece, Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg) to ensure active and constructive participation in discussions on EU agenda issues, especially the prospect of extending the MDGs after 2015.
Once the scientific research has been finalised, the Policy Working Group is briefed to:
• Coordinate the transcription of the scientific findings into policy documents accessible to decision-makers.
• Ensure that the agency/participatory approach is respected in the policy briefs.
• Compare policies and regions studied with comparative analyses of: (i) countries with similar strategies to track policy effectiveness for different countries and contexts; and (ii) policies focusing on synergies across policies within the same country.
• Draft policy recommendations for EU, national and global levels with comparative analysis and disseminate them in the main stakeholders’ publications and periodicals.
• Conduct a training workshop on advanced communication methods to empower partner country representatives to be able to systematically hold stakeholder conferences.
• Hold stakeholder conferences in Southern countries to share findings and policy options raised by research with stakeholder input. The purpose here is to shape a policy debate and test some of the recommendations at field level. National stakeholders (policymakers and NGOs) are expected to attend. These conferences are set to be held at the same time as the target date for the achievement of the MDGs to draw attention to MDG programme evaluation and the possible ways in which the EU could bridge the gap between the goals and their achievement. EU representatives will work closely with the conferences.
• Summarise stakeholder conference discussions.
• Hold the Policy Coordination Seminar: presentation of policy options and their potential impact