– and what role does it have?
TFF is the Transnational Fundation for Peace and Future Research in Sweden that assists the Amahoro Youth Club (see AYC-TFF Cooperation Agreement for details).
TFF is an independent think tank with about 90 Associates around the world, two of them Burundians, Chantal Mutamuriza (former co-ordinator in Burundi and now in Geneva) and Sururu Adolphe, professor at the National University of Burundi.
TFF has worked on and off in Burundi since 1999. It has worked out plans for peace and for a peace institute in Burundi with the Ministry of Higher Education in 2000. It has created the Amahoro Coalition of 13 leading Burundian NGOs (2005-2007) and since 2007 it has assisted in the establishment of the Amahoro Youth Club and continues to do so in a variety of ways (see Cooperation Agreement) within its means and abilities. It will do so until the AYC is totally independent and sustainable and will then withdraw from the Club.
TFF also works as goodwill consultant and trainers with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Burundi with the aim of helping the Ministry and other State Authorities to develop an international communication strategy for the country.
Chantal Mutamuriza was TFF liaison between 2003 and spring 2007. Ina Curic was TFF coordinator in Burundi between March 2007 and July 2008.
The mission statement of TFF is
“Created in 1986, TFF is an independent think tank, a global network and some homepages for peace by peaceful means. It inspires a passion for peace from the grassroots to the corridors of power.”
TFF works with academic analyses of conflicts and peace and have applied it to many places such as all parts of former Yugoslavia, Georgia, Palestine, Iraq, Burundi, etc. Its Associates have experience from yet many more countries. TFF is independent of permanent funding from governments and business. Its work in Burundi has been financed by TFF’s donors and by the Bernadotte Academy of Sweden.
Much more about TFF is available at http://www.transnational.org
About TFF in Burundi at: http://www.transnational.org/Area_Index_Burundi.htm
TFF’s coordinator in Burundi between March 2007 and July 2008 is Ina Curic
TFF’s project responsible is TFF director Jan Oberg
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)between TFF and AYC
“The 10-Point Agreement”
1 A. The parties work together for the consolidation of peace and sustainable development throughout Burundi, in accordance with the mission statement of the AYC.
1 B. While TFF and AYC are independent of each other, it is their common goal to make AYC an effective and professional NGO.
2. A. The basic relationship between TFF and AYC is one of partnership and mentorship. TFF shall place its 20 years+ knowledge, experience, homepage etc. at the disposal of AYC and help spread the story about Burundi’s remarkable peace process, including propagate the work of AYC abroad.
AYC brings into the partnership commitment to work for peace, time and knowledge about Burundi.
2 B. TFF’s concrete tasks are to provide resources, training, advice and practical assistance as well as help raising funds for the organizational development and activities of the AYC in the future.
2 C. TFF is represented by Ina Curic as project co-ordinator in Burundi and Jan Oberg, TFF director. TFF Associates or trainers brought in for different periods and programmes have a consultative status without decision making power within this agreement.
D. AYC is represented by XX, (title) and YY (title). Any AYC member can communicate directly with Curic and Oberg and vice-versa.
E. AYC has the right to make autonomous decisions on its own except in cases described in point 5, but the two partners expect that a consultative working style applies both ways in the ethos described in points 8 and 9.
3. TFF’s intention is to withdraw from the co-operation with AYC as soon as the parties agree that AYC can and wants to stand on its own and sustain a variety of activities in support of peace in Burundi.
4. TFF shall help AYC find funds to conduct its activities and AYC shall seek funds on its own as well as have income-generation for itself as a very central goal so that it will, in the longer run, not be dependent on TFF’s fund-raising.
5. A. To spend funds that have been raised partially or in full by TFF and for which TFF is responsible for reporting to grant-makers/donors, AYC must present a budget first, obtain agreement with TFF’s representative and report on how the money was spent, including enclose receipts for every expenditure within 1 month of the transaction and providing monthly reports as well as a final financial report at the end of the period included in the accord.
B. AYC can spend funds raised by itself as it decides without prior agreement with TFF and according to its statutes. TFF can be consulted in its role of mentor while AYC has the freedom to take independent decisions about money use overall. As common transparent practice in the civil society sector, TFF and other donors in the future will require transparent reporting of all funds used by AYC.
6. A. TFF shall, within its means, do its utmost to deliver training, advice and other inputs while also taking into account its other activities in Burundi and elsewhere. To specify, for instance: a) intellectual/knowledge education/training for instance on conflict-resolution, negotiation, non-violence, etc.; b) organizational development for instance concerning resource assessment, meeting practise, communication and minute-taking skills, organizational matters and whatever it takes to run an NGO professionally; c) economic management and d) project, organizational and other reporting and public dissemination.
B. These inputs are provided without costs to AYC and upon mutual agreement that they are needed and welcomed by AYC. AYC can, when it has raised its own funds, contribute toward practical costs such as meals and room.
7. AYC and its members can at any point take up issues, make proposals and express its concerns. For instance, it/they can suggest ideas for co-operation, explain what training and help it feels it needs, take up any matter with which it may be dissatisfied, or otherwise voice its concerns to TFF’s coordinator and/or director who promises to deal with it in a professional manner within one week at maximum.
8. A. The TFF-AYC co-operation shall be characterized by an ethos of mutuality, reliability, punctuality,commitment to mutual agreements, appointments and promises, mutual awareness of and the respectful expression of cultural values and a wish to understand and possibly overcome differences, as well asprofessionalism.
B. While friendship between the parties is desirable, the relationship is one of partnership and, if conflicting, friendship must be secondary to professional standards as well as legal and other best practises.
C. It is of special importance that the parties and their individuals communicate adequately and frequently, are attentive to emails and other means of communication, and establish procedures for rapid replies – in order to maximize productivity and minimize misunderstandings.
9. A. In all they do, the parties shall seek to “be the change we want to see”, i.e. promote peace, conflict resolution with peaceful means and dialogue as well as friendship among us. TFF is committed to only support and accept activities that are compatible with democratic and transparent decision-making, equality in general and gender equality in particular, a fair hearing, and possible other norms that are a) in accordance with TFF’s own values and/or are b) required by grant-makers.
B. All internal AYC documents produced, such as e.g. minutes and reports, shall be considered public documents with wording and content that is appropriate for third parties – such as possible donors, authorities, Boards, etc – to read.
10. This agreement takes effect on proposed date May 15th and shall be renewed by November 30th 2008. It can be annulled if and when the parties so agree.
Signed at Bujumbura / 2008
For TFF: Ina Curic, TFF coordinator and Jan Oberg, TFF director
For AYC: Armand Giramahoro, legal representative