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Dec 17, 2015

The organisational development programme is designed to build the capacities of CSO leaders and to enable organisations to grow through a self-assessment process.

February 2016 – Call for applications for the organisational development and leadership programme

Leaders of local CSOs are invited to apply to participate in the programme, which will provide:

  • knowledge of how to build organisational capacities, including the role of CSO leader and the leader’s development needs; strategic leadership; the management of organisational resources (people, money, time); processes management; measuring the impact of activities; networking; the development of partnerships with local authorities and other stakeholders; and communication; and
  • practical exercises to evaluate strategic leadership; organisational processes; human resources; financial management; infrastructure; inter-organisational links; and programme management. The assessment will be carried out in a participatory manner, involving all staff members as well as the organisation’s board and representatives of its volunteer network, and using the methodology and international trainers provided by the REC. The findings of the assessment will be used to draw up an organisational action plan.

We are inviting two participants from each organisation to attend the development programme and related activities, and we expect a commitment on the part of the organisation to take part in the evaluation and to introduce changes, if needed.

The programme will take place between March and July 2016, with follow-up activities at the beginning of 2017.

Second half of 2016/first half of 2017 – Call for applications for the internship programme

We will open a call for selected participants of the organisational development programme to complete an internship of at least one month with another organisation, either in Ukraine or in a selected EU country.

The internship will provide an opportunity to learn from leaders and managers (best practices, techniques and leadership qualities); establish contacts with other organisations within Ukraine and abroad; develop cooperation between networks; and become familiar with the concept of self-analysis.

The call to participate in the internship programme will be published on the project website.

March 2016 – Master class on public participation, advocacy, lobbying, watchdogging and networking

The master class will comprise up to five days of training, aimed at providing CSOs with the necessary knowledge, tools and techniques to become more successful in their role of promoting change and enabling action in the field of environment, energy and sustainable development. The master class will be delivered by both international and local trainers and will draw on case studies collected from the LINK municipalities.

The call to participate in the training will be published on the project website.

June 2016 – Energy master class

The master class will comprise up to five days of training and will offer a comprehensive overview of all the important aspects of energy policy development, energy saving and renewable energy solutions. Theoretical sessions will be complemented by hands-on training on energy production. The master class will be delivered by both international and local trainers and will draw on case studies collected from the LINK municipalities.

The training will also include a grant proposal writing course. 

The call to participate in the training will be published on the project website.

May 2016 – Call for grant applications/September 2016 – Submission of grant proposals/November 2016 – Awarding of grants

A total of EUR 20,000 is available for the five municipalities. Grants are offered to consortia of at least three local CSOs for participation in coordinated actions and cooperation with local government and other stakeholders on priority issues from local environmental action plans.

The training will also include a grant proposal writing course.

The call, with full instructions and all the necessary forms, will be published on the project website.

July 2017 – Young Environmental Leaders Programme at the REC head office in Szentendre, Hungary

The three-week Young Environmental Leaders Programme is designed to build the skills of young environmentalists with leadership potential and to maximise their ability to play a more effective role in civil society. It also contributes to building more efficient and active environmental CSOs able to cooperate as partners with the authorities and other actors towards sustainable development.

The course is designed for up to 10 young environmental professionals (below the age of 30). Participants must speak English.

The call to participate in the programme will be published on the project website.

May (or August) 2017 – Study tour (probably to Estonia)

The study tour will include meetings with a wide range of organisations, site visits, a “summer school”, and roundtable discussions aimed at improving understanding of local environmental actions and cooperation between stakeholders at local level, environmental decision making and the role of CSOs in Estonia as an EU member state. The tour also aims to create connections between organisations in Estonia and Ukraine that might form the basis of future cooperation.

There will be many opportunities during the week to meet not only environmental CSOs but also CSOs working in other areas and to learn how they operate (in terms of financing, human resources management, organisational structure, leadership, membership issues and the engagement of volunteers, for example); as well as how they influence decision making, engage in dialogue with the government, and implement actions and campaigns. Participants will also be given an overview of the wide range of e-solutions now commonly used in Estonia to enhance democracy and promote the interests of citizens.

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