The Dialogue Facility contributes to the strengthening of relations between the European Union (EU) and South Africa (SA). Its purpose is to facilitate the implementation of priority aspects of the SA-EU Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) and the Strategic Partnership Joint Action Plan (SP-JAP) and raise awareness of the special relationship between the EU and SA.
The second phase of the SA-EU Dialogue Facility (SA-EU DF) was set up in 2016 to facilitate and support current and future implementation of Policy Dialogues between the SA and the EU and its Member States on a broad range of key sectors and issues, with the overall aim to strengthen strategic relations between the SA and the EU. The programme is now in its first year and is due to end in April 2020.
Through its Programme Management Unit (PMU) the Dialogue Facility contributes to establishing and developing policy dialogues between South African Government Departments and Agencies and the EU and Member States.
The Dialogue Facility is designed to support both existing (Bridging Phase) and emerging policy dialogues by providing technical and funding support for:
- Short-term expertise in the form of technical assistance or researchers to prepare papers;
- Meetings, workshops & conferences;
- Study and exchange tours; and
- Capacity building.
The Dialogue Facility programme has four areas of activity:
Result 1Improved sectorial policy dialogue between the EU and South Africa, where possible supporting the creation of synergies among the various dialogues.
Result 2Increased institutional capacity to help implement the areas of cooperation of the TDCA, the Strategic Partnership Joint Action Plan and the SADC EPA.
Result 3Increased awareness and understanding of the TDCA, the Strategic Partnership Joint Action Plan and the EPA.
Result 4Effective programme implementation and appropriate visibility of actions is ensured.
The Dialogue Facility Programme Steering Committee
The Dialogue Facility Programme Steering Committee (PSC) comprises of four permanent members, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), National Treasury (NT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the European Union Delegation in South Africa (EUD) and three rotating members, the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Higher Education and Training and Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services. The PSC is co-chaired by DIRCO and EUD and meets every quarter to receive reports on progress and future planning of the Dialogue Facility. It also provides strategic guidance and makes funding support decisions. It is supported by the PMU
The SA-EU Dialogue Facility is managed by a Consortium consisting of one European and two South African partners, thus representing both perspectives of the policy dialogue under this project.
Programme Management Unit
Trevor Taft (Team Leader)
Trevor Taft (Team Leader)
33 Years of experience in the public sector and over twenty years of professional experience policy design, dialogue and development and international development cooperation experience. In-depth knowledge, experience and expertise in development cooperation, with particular focus on Official Development Assistance and Programme and Project design, development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and review. Holds Masters degrees from University of the Western Cape and University of Cape Town and a Doctorate in Education Management & Leadership (Education/Business Partnerships) from the Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg).
Jurie van Niekerk ( Policy Dialogue and Capacity Building expert)
20 years developmental project experience portfolio across the African continent and demonstrate broad based experience in technical support and proven skills in capacity building through training, leadership development, research & writing, communication facilitation and problem-solving, development and fostering of teamwork and working relationships between diverse stakeholders in different disciplines within multicultural diversity context and environment. Jurie started working with the EU in 1995 with first official ODA support in health sector, labour market & environmental affairs. Holds a Masters Development Studies (University of Free State) and a Doctorate- Regent University-USA
Euclid Maposa (Finance, Contracts and Administrative Expert)
Euclid has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Fort Hare. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) with more than fifteen years’ professional experience of conducting and managing financial, compliance, and business improvement processes and audits. He was the Key Expert in charge for Finance and Audit activities to six EU funded projects
Nellie Khumalo (Office Manager)
Is responsible for providing support to the Programme Management Unit (PMU) team by running the office and acting as a personal assistant to the Team Leader and Key experts. She has thirteen years’ extensive experience based on her support to successive Regional Directors of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Embassy of Switzerland. She is currently completing her Degree of Bachelor of Commerce Human Resource Management with the University of South Africa (Unisa).
Human Dynamics, is a leading public sector consultancy and is highly experienced in the management of EuropeAid technical assistance projects, including in South Africa.
Dynamics has considerable experience working on projects which provide capacity building activities to staff of public sector institutions and policy dialogue between EU and its strategic partners. Human Dynamics currently implements the EU funded Pro-Poor project and operates a project management office in Pretoria.
The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), from the University of Pretoria runs the Centre for Leadership and Dialogue, which is very relevant for this project.
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Programme Management Unit
The Dialogue Facility team (Programme Management Unit) is made up of three long-term experts who work closely together to administer the Dialogue Facility programme in line with the strategic guidance of the Programme Steering Committee.