Online course: “Sustainability and Survival: Resilience for civil society organisations working with key populations in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia”

EHRA invites 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 in:

  • Strengthening the effectiveness and resilience of your organisation;
  • Development of the strategy and plan for sustainability and piloting specific income generation approaches;
  • Ensureing that your income generation streams and targets are aligned with organisational strategy, and respond to the current funding environment that you are facing;
  • Compareing the characteristics of a range of new income sources and analysing their potential fit for your organisation (e.g. crowdfunding, social enterprise, membership models, social contracting);
  • Facilitation of creative approaches to income generation with your colleagues.

The course offers the chance to join three 3-hour live and interactive online training workshops which will take place on June 1, 4 and 9, to view a series of 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. Certificates will be issued to those that complete the course.

The course will be delivered in English and Russian language.

Authors of the course:  Anya Sarang, Dermott McDonald, Rachel Haynes, and Victoria Ireland.

Trainers of the course: Masha Plotko (EHRA) and Rachel Haynes

Сourse materials could be found HERE.

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  to the course in June and must be able to speak and write in Russian or English.

If you would like to participate, please complete this online survey by May 28. We will be letting you know if you have a place by May 31, 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in the course is free. The number of seats is limited to 10 organizations, 2 people from each organization (program and financial). 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 May 31, 2021.

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.