The NGEurope project is reaching its final stage. In the 32nd month of activities and during this extraordinary pandemic situation, partners adapted to diligently continue the project’s mission: support the third sector.
The final partners’ meeting should have taken place in Albergaria-a-Velha, Portugal, hosted by Associação BioLiving. Instead, partners met online, and were able to fully attain the meeting’s purposes. Final tasks and deadlines were defined and the final conference was prepared.
The Final Conference would have taken place in Portugal on the 18 & 19 of April, but due to the current COVID-19 situation, it had to be cancelled. The Conference was rescheduled to May 29th and is taking place in an online setting.
In this Conference, the full set of the project’s resources will be disclosed. These resources are very useful to people wanting to start and NGO or even to current NGO leaders and managers to update their competence. Upcoming materials include the innovative “Survival guide for NGO Founding and Funding” and a Policy Paper, targeted at politicians and decision-makers who can influence and support the work done by the third sector across Europe.
The documentary video covering the project’s development and opportunities will also have its premiere at the Conference.
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NGEurope arises from the evidence that “citizens’ organisations have taken on a leading role in recent years, due to their independence, capacity for civic engagement and mobilisation, potential for awareness raising and real impact, and also in view of the financial, social and humanitarian crisis facing Europe. A wide range of NGOs is needed to impact the sustainability of society”.
A wide range of organisations are included in the project, as even the smallest “can foster considerable local impact and provide a more specialised service to meet the needs of the communities closest to them”, NGEurope project reports.
Spain is represented in this initiative through Cesefor Foundation, which is developing ICT tools to help build the capacity of organisations and facilitate networking and knowledge transfer. It will also contribute by holding seminars and carrying out training activities.
In that sense, the project will pay special attention to organizations that address environmental issues and promote social integration, creating jobs for socially segregated or poorly trained people. The NGEurope project partners will thus work on the European Union guidelines which, through EU2020 policies, promote “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”.
NGEurope’s partners are: