October 10-12 marked the successful implementation of the sixth workshop of IEPs “Training The Trainers on EU Project Cycle Management” in Kyiv. The training series is aimed at enabling the Ukrainian civil society participants to apply for EU funding and manage EU funded projects according to the EU Project Cycle requirements but also to pass on their knowledge to their colleagues through self-conducted trainings. It is furthermore part of IEPs ongoing work (Civic School for Sound EU Practice – CiSEP) to strengthen the capacity of Ukraine’s civil society in the framework of the EU-Ukraine association process.
As not everything that is necessary to successfully apply for and run an EU funded project is obvious at first sight, especially for smaller and with regard to western funding unexperienced Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), this workshop was dedicated to “Communication and Negotiation” in this context. Under the guidance of Lithuanian Rita Naseniece, the participants worked through a balanced mixture of presentations, group work and simulations on how to communicate with donors and western partners, how to draw up a communication plan, negotiation strategies and general do’s and don’ts to keep in mind. IEPs implementing project manager Martin Stein finalised the workshop by working with the group on team communication.
In addition to the normal training, this workshop was accompanied by the first of four “mini-trainings” to develop a trainer handbook for and by the participants on EU Project Cycle Management. As not all participants are taking part in this mini training, the results of the workshop were presented to and discussed with the participants and an action plan prepared to finalise the handbook until the end of the Training The Trainers in December.
The training series is organised in close cooperation with the Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.
The next workshop will be about “Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting” and is going to take place in Odessa from November 21-23.