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We are now working on developing a course on “Leadership for Civil Society” and are currently looking at how to adapt the learning approach to the current COVID-19 crisis. The objective of the Course is to improve the leadership skills of CSO leaders in the Eastern Partnership countries, enabling them to collaborate more effectively with others (such as their own teams, external stakeholders, donors, service providers etc.), better organise their teams so as to reach better results, and apply the newly acquired skills to real-life situations.
Indicatively the Course will include the following modules:
- Module 1: Understanding the people you lead and adapting your leadership style (leader typology, weaknesses and strengths of different types of leaders – all adapted to the context of civil society organisations, etc.)
- Module 2: Managing and motivating teams: triggers of individual motivation in the context of civil society work, developing motivation and commitment in CSO teams, cultural differences in motivation, adapted to the Eastern Partnership region;
- Module 3: Developing negotiation skills: main theories on negotiation, developing practical strategies for negotiation; applying different strategies to various stakeholders relevant for civil society organisations (such as partners, donors, national and local authorities, beneficiaries, etc.);
- Module 4: Conflict resolution and building trust (including leader accountability in a civil society context).
Another course we plan to launch in 2020 is a course on Sectoral Accountability for Civil Society Organisations (Energy Sector) aimed at improving the capacity of civil society organisations and representatives to meaningfully engage in sectoral issues of significance for the overall level of wellbeing in society. The sector which will be addressed by this course will be the energy sector.
Storytelling for Civil Society
The “Storytelling for Civil Society” online course is divided into four different modules, taking participants step by step from how they can ‘find’ their story to how they can refine it, produce it and broadcast it:
• Module 1 focuses on the art of telling stories and what makes a “good story”.
• Module 2 helps participants build their story from the very beginning. They go through all essential stages of story building, from planning to dissemination, and learn which tools they can use for editing and fact-checking depending on the type of a story they choose.
• Module 3 focuses on digital instruments for storytelling. Participants learn how to choose the right technologies, tools or platforms that will help them produce a digital story and bring that story directly to their readers and users.
• Module 4 is about effectively broadcasting a story: publishing blogs, broadcasting podcasts, storyboarding, video stories, etc.
Two closed groups of students took the tutor-assisted version of the course in 2019.
In June 2019, we launched the first call for applications for the course and the first cohort of students started in August 2019, with the second group following in autumn. In total 74 participants had access to the course content, as well as related webinars and support from the tutors.
We are now working on further improving and adapting the course to the self-taught mode and we will be making the new version of the course publicly available soon. Additional webinars will be organised throughout 2020 and stories will be accepted for assessment at different times for those who want to receive a certificate of completion.
The course is designed for representatives of the civil society of the EaP countries who implement social projects using information technologies. The course is based on a review of over 70 digital tools, resources on project management, design and publication of content on the Internet, organization of teamwork and effective communication with stakeholders.
With this course you will learn how to choose the most appropriate visual forms for various content types; how to select the best way for publishing your content on the Internet; how to use file storage, file share services and services for collaboration between the members of the project team, how to develop and hold surveys, questionnaires, and online polls; how to make scheduled crossposting on social media and automated email marketing campaigns; and many more.
The course is available in Russian with English subtitles.
This course will help you to find your way through the grant system of the European Union from the conceptual idea, over the grant application and finally to the implementation of the project.
The course is designed to develop the skills of civil society organisations in the development of project proposals to apply for the EU grants, as well as to strengthen capacity in professional project management. This e-course will be useful for potential applicants and current grantees of EU projects.
The course is available in English language.
It does not matter whether your civil society organization has just been established or it has been actively working for several few years now, it might face the same organizational challenges. In many CSOs, especially those run by volunteers, active members are lacking the knowledge on how to create a strategic organization’s plan, find resources or lead a team.
This course aims to provide some expertise and tools on how some of these challenges can be overcome. Even though the course is designed for active members of CSOs, anyone who is interested in the field of institutional development can participate as well.
The aim of this course is to strengthen the capacities of CSOs to effectively represent the interests of their local communities and increase the accountability of local authorities. In order to achieve this goal, the course is divided into 4 modules:
Module 1: Policy analysis, monitoring of policy making and policy implementation
Module 2: Negotiation skills
Module 3: Advocacy and Lobbying
Module 4: PR and media skills