NGO Leadership Workshop 6th - 9th December 2016, Slovakia

Publish Date: Aug 15, 2016

Deadline: Aug 19, 2016

Event Dates: from Dec 06, 2016 12:00 to Dec 09, 2016 12:00


The Pontis Foundation announces the establishment of a new initiative to strengthen civil society in new democracies by providing leadership training to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in partnership with U-M’s William Davidson Institute and the Pontis Foundation. The NGO Leadership Workshop leverages the unique competencies of two University of Michigan units, both focused on strengthening emerging markets, as well as the local insight of the Slovak-based NGO, Pontis Foundation, which works to support democratization and the development of civil society.

The NGO Leadership Workshop is open to organizations in select countries where authoritarian regimes have collapsed. As recent events in Ukraine, Russia, or Tunisia have shown, there is an urgent need to strengthen civil society organizations so that they can advance positive social and political change.

The objectives

The objective of the Workshop is to empower the selected nongovernmental organizational representatives to strengthen their internal expertise, managerial and income generating capacities, abilities to engage with both general public and government stakeholders and assist in networking with international linkages. Particular focus will be on civil society representatives advancing democratic accountability and rule of law in their home countries.


The program will be taught by global faculty and is open to 25 NGO leaders from Belarus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Southeast Europe, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.

The sessions will be held December 6-9, 2016 at the Pontis Foundation in Bratislava, Slovakia. Participants will be selected through an open application process and will receive the training at no charge.

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) combines academics with practical applications, promoting scholarship to better understand the conditions and policies that foster the transition from autocratic rule to democratic governance, past and present. It also educates new generations of practitioners who can apply their learning and experience to help extend democratic freedoms. Named in honor of Ronald and Eileen Weiser and inspired by their time in Slovakia during Ambassador Weiser’s service as U.S. ambassador from 2001-04, WCED began operations in September 2008.

The goal of the NGO Leadership Workshop is to make civil society organizations more effective and durable. NGO leaders will gain managerial capacity and the tools and skills that will help them to successfully engage with the general public, government stakeholders, and international partners. The program will focus on building strong and sustainable organizations and will include sessions on financial management, advocacy and public policy, communication, resource mobilization, and proposal writing.


The organizer will reimburse the travel costs of the selected participants, to and from Bratislava, including local travel, which are directly related to the NGO Leadership Workshop, according to the guidelines obtained after receiving confirmation of acceptance. The Pontis Foundation will give approval for the proposed travel and will reimburse the costs, and cover accommodation costs of all the participants. Participants will be required to keep all original receipts, tickets and boarding passes for reimbursement. At least one dinner and four lunches and coffee breaks will be provided by the organizer. Breakfast is included for the participants staying in the hotel. Participants are expected to cover the costs of other meals during theweek.


Participants will receive a certificate jointly issued by the William Davidson Institute (WDI), the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia (WCEE), and the Pontis Foundation upon completion of the training program.

Application process

The deadline for applying is Friday the 19th of August, CEST 23:59. Application forms should be sent to with the subject ‘NGO Workshop Application.’ The applications will be pre-evaluated by the Pontis Foundation and participants will be selected by the WCEE and WDI. All the applicants will have received a response by the 5th of September.

Download the application form from here


The working language of the Workshop is English.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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