Getting Engaged: Communication and Funding of CSO Projects in the Association Process

First round of CiSEP workshops successfully concluded in Chernihiv

From 18-21 January 24 members of CSOs from Northern and Eastern Ukraine successfully concluded the last workshop in the first CiSEP (Civic School for Sound EU Practice) cycle in Chernihiv, Ukraine.

This third workshop required a lot of hard work and interaction. We discussed the topic “Communication for CSOs in the Association process” with Marina Rakić, EU Assistance Visibility and Information Officer of the EU Info Centre in Belgrade. What are the challenges of conveying the association process? How do we define our target groups? And which communication channel do we use to reach out to them? While discussing possible answers to these questions, we took a closer look at press releases, tweet-ups, professional “speed-dating” and open door days, to name just a few. Needless to say that the results of our work were instantly posted, twittered, communicated to the outside world.

Constanze Aka, Institut für Europäische Politik, and Dragan Popović, Director of the Policy Center in Belgrade, tackled the topics “Project Cycle Management” as well as “Fundraising and EU Funding Programs”. The introduction to the basics of EU project management laid the foundation for taking a closer look at funding opportunities and the logical framework concept. Dragan shared his vast experience in this field and gave a great number of important tips to the participants. He motivated them to get their own projects on track. Indeed, many project ideas are on their way. IEP wishes good luck and a lot of success!

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