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 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 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.
The deadline for applying is Friday the 19th of August, CEST 23:59. Application forms should be sent to email@example.com 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.
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