ODB together with its Minsk-based partner OEEC conducts different trainings and info-days for civil society organisations in the capital and all six regional centers across Belarus.

What’s for?
To inform Belarusian CSOs about the existing capacity building opportunities, train them in project development, put an emphases on the promotion of European values through EU support programmes, elaborate on cross-cutting aspects such as gender equality, environmental security, and human rights protection. Training and information sessions address among others the following challenges faces by local CSOs:

•    Low level of organisational development and limited capacity to participate in EC calls for proposals;
•    Confusion in understanding EU terminology and low awareness of the values that the European Union is promoting through its programmes;
•    Inability of regional CSOs to implement projects at local level on their own;
•    Need for new partnerships, both at national and international levels;

Through participation in more than 30 training events, representatives of 400 CSOs have already increased their competences in project development, raised their awareness of the existing mechanisms of EU support to Belarus and overcame their fears of working with EU programmes.

Please, follow our announcements on the upcoming training and information sessions.

Fri, 2017-11-10 09:30

The second offline training session of the school of fundraising, which is organized by ODB Brussels in partnership with the Belarusian human rights organization Human Constanta and "Koopp Forum International”, within the framework of the programme CSOs Resource Centre programme and with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, was dedicated to crowdfunding. Participants got a chance to listen to presentations made by representatives of all crowdfunding platforms from Belarus.

Mon, 2016-09-19 12:11

A seminar "Fundraising: How to Find Funds to Develop Culture?" within the framework of  Clearing House programme of ODB Brussels was held in Minsk. The event was organized by the Institute of Belarusian Culture. Representatives of public organizations working in the field of culture, teachers of music schools, museum workers and employees of one of the centers of culture and folk art from Grodno region were introduced to basics of planning and management of projects funded within the framework of European Union programmes, as well as to available international funds.

Fri, 2016-09-16 17:00

How can implementation of local initiatives integrate European values? Is it necessary to take into account gender equality, inclusion and environmental sustainability when resolving problems in small towns and villages? Participants of a training course held in Byaroza discussed an integrated approach to local development. The event was organized within the framework of ODB Brussels programme "Clearing House". Participants will be able to use the newly acquired skills when implementing initiatives within the framework of the EU-UNDP project "Support to Local Development in the Republic of Belarus" in future.

Mon, 2016-09-12 17:13

A practical training on development of project proposals to implement initiatives solving problems at local level was held within the framework of ODB Brussels programme "Clearing House" in Vitebsk. The event was organized within the framework of the EU-UNDP project "Support to Local Development in the Republic of Belarus". Participants included representatives of local authorities, private businesses and social organizations.

Fri, 2016-09-02 08:54

Robotics courses for schoolchildren, remote medical screenings, access to clean drinking water: these are some of the topics of local development initiatives that are already being implemented within the framework of the EU-UNDP project "Support to Local Development in the Republic of Belarus". Training courses to support implementation of local development initiatives on the basis of territorially-oriented development (TOD) approach were held in Minsk and Mahileu last week within the framework of Clearing House programme by ODB Brussels (Belgium).

Mon, 2016-08-29 10:41

How can we encourage grassroots initiatives while taking into account development priorities of a specific region and local problems related to implementation of EU-funded projects? A training course to promote development of local initiatives in the region and implementation of projects on the basis of a territorially-oriented development (TOD) approach was held in Gomel within the framework of the Clearing House programme of ODB Brussels (Belgium). The event was part of the EU-UNDP project "Support to Local Development in the Republic of Belarus".

Thu, 2016-07-28 11:53

ODB Brussels organized a training "Social entrepreneurship: New approaches to small and medium business development" for participants of the Fair of Entrepreneurial Initiatives, held in Bykhau district (Mahileu region, Belarus). Representatives of civil society organizations and local authorities, as well as entrepreneurs from Bykhau, Slauharad, Klichau and Krasnapolsk districts, were introduced to the concepts of social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility, and discussed application of new approaches in local development.

Thu, 2016-07-21 05:55

On June 27, 2016, a meeting with participants of the EU/UNDP project "Support to Local Development in the Republic of Belarus" was organized within the framework of ODB Brussels programme "Clearing House". The meeting was organized by request of an initiative group of territorially-oriented development in Brest region, one of the "pilot" regions of this EU/UNDP project. The event focused on identifying new opportunities to implement initiatives taking into account the needs of local communities. The meeting brought together representatives of Brest Regional Executive Committee and the United Nations Development Programme in Belarus.

Sun, 2016-03-27 17:55

On March 22, 2016, From Ideas to New Projects training was held in Brest within the framework of ODB's Clearing House programme. Participants of the training learned about project management and fundraising tools, and discussed specific features of implementing international technical assistance projects in the region aimed at solving local problems in accordance with the needs of local communities.

Thu, 2016-03-03 09:08

Belarusian Red Cross has held a number of trainings in Vitebsk region on the preparation of calls for proposals to implement local civil initiatives, all aimed at successfully implementing the Local Community Engagement in the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles project with participation of ODB Brussels personnel.  The project is implemented by BRC with support from Swiss Red Cross.