In April of this year the Institute for European Politics (IEP) started its training series Training The Trainers on EU Project Cycle Management for members of the Ukrainian civil society. Over the course of 8 workshops the participants received the skills and knowledge to apply for EU funding as well as to manage EU funded projects according to EU requirements (the EU Project Cycle) and to effectively pass on this knowledge to other members of the Ukrainian civil society. The training series is part of IEPs Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) that is aimed at strengthening the capacity of Ukraine’s civil society in the framework of the EU-Ukraine association process.
The final workshop took place from 12-14 December in Kyiv and was dedicated to the examination of the participants – to show what they have learned and to revise the skills and knowledge of the past seven workshops. Being separated into seven groups beforehand each of the groups had to prepare and conduct a 90 minute session on a specific topic on the EU Project Cycle in an interactive way. The participants were being evaluated by and received feedback from their peers as well as professional trainers, which provided an open but critical environment. The results showed that the CiSEP training series prepared the participants well for their role as future managers of EU projects and their role as trainers. Some participants are already applying for EU funds and are planning trainings for the coming year.
The workshop was finalised with a solemn handing over of certificates, for which Daniel Lissner from the German Embassy in Kyiv was present. He reminded the participants of the important role the Ukrainian civil society plays in the association process and to use the gained knowledge, skills and created network effectively.
The training series was successfully implemented by Martin Stein and organised in close cooperation with the Chernihiv based Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies.
The project is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.