CiSEP workshop on “Communication and Negotiation” took place in Kyiv
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.
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 was about “Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting” and took place in Odessa from November 21–23.