Extended: Apply for our new online course: “Sustainability and Survival: Resilience for civil society organisations working with key populations in the CEECA region”

We kindly invite you to apply for the online course: “Sustainability and Survival: Resilience for civil society organisations working with key populations in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia”.

This collaborative and interactive skills development course is specifically designed for non-profit, civil society and community-based organizations from countries of the CECCA region, that advocate and/or provide direct services for key populations.  The course will help you, as a CSO or CBO working with key populations, to acquire skills and confidence for organisational resilience and a more diversified and sustainable funding model. By the end of this course, we expect you to be better equipped  the challenges of the current and future evolving funding environment.

Specifically we will be supporting you to:

  • Strengthen the effectiveness and resilience of your organisation;
  • Develop a strategy and plan for sustainability and pilot specific income generation approaches;
  • Ensure that your income generation streams and targets are aligned with organisational strategy, and respond to the current funding environment that you are facing;
  • Compare the characteristics of a range of new income sources and analyse their potential fit for your organisation (e.g. crowdfunding, social enterprise, membership models, social contracting);
  • Practice facilitating creative approaches to income generation with your colleagues.

The course offers the chance to join three 3-hour live and interactive online training workshops, to view a series of 1-hour webinars in your own time, and to undertake exercises to embed the learning between events. You will also have a mentor, who will be able to support you to practice and implement the learning, through a project of your choosing. The course will be delivered in English and Russian language.  Certificates will be issued to those that complete the course.

The course will be run by a consultancy team of four course facilitators and trainers:  Anya Sarang, Dermott McDonald, Rachel Haynes, and Victoria Ireland.

More details about the course can be found HERE.

If you would like to participate, please complete this online survey by October 11. We will be letting you know if you have a place by October 14, 2020.

Who can apply? The programme is open to officially registered civil society / community-based organizations working with or for key communities (people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, LGBTQI+, sex workers) or people living with HIV, operating in one of 29 CEECA countries.

Participants must be employees of these organisations, that have been involved in one or more income generation activities of the organization. You must be able to commit 35 hours to the course during October and November and must be able to speak and write in Russian or English.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in the course is free. The number of seats is limited to 20 participants, ideally 2 people from each organization. The selection of participants will be on competitive bases, based on the quality of completed applications. Filling out the online survey does not guarantee participation in the course. We will inform you about enrolment in the group by October 14, 2020.

The course is delivered in the framework of the Eurasian Regional Consortium project “Thinking outside the box: overcoming challenges in community advocacy for sustainable and high-quality HIV services”, funded by the Robert Carr Fund for civil society networks