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What is «Greycells»/ Association of former international civil servants for development?

A group of retired international civil servants from organizations in Geneva has taken steps toward forming an association, named «Greycells» - «Association of former international civil servants for development» -, through which they can make their experience and expertise available, on a volunteer basis.

When was «Greycells» formally established?

«Greycells» was formally established by a Constituent Assembly held in Geneva on 17 January 2008.

What are «Greycells» activities? «Greycells» deals with the areas of work of international organisations and is in a position to mobilize expertise in these fields. The association carries out activities in the following domains:


Advices ;


Coaching, training ;


Briefing and support to delegations to international meetings or negociations ;


Conférences, exposés ;


Gathering and dissemination of relevant documentation and information enabling country representatives to contribute to debates ;


Analyses, diagnostics in the field of development and assessment of technical cooperation needs;


Assistance to policy and strategy formulation on economic and social policy development as well as to the preparation of programmes and project proposals for their implementation in such areas as :


o Labour; 


o Agriculture ;


o Education ; 


o Public Health ;


o Trade ;


o Finances (including micro-credits);


o Governance 


o As well as other specific aspects of development

 • With whom does «Greycells» co-operate with? «Greycells» maintains contacts and co-operates with:

Intergovernmental organisations ; 


Diplomatic missions representing their country to international organisations ;


Governmental institutions of developing countries and countries in transition; 


Bilateral and multilateral development institutions;


Non-governmental organisations;


Private enterprises ;


Foundations.

 

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