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.

Thu, 2016-02-11 16:21

On February 4, 2016 within the framework of the Clearing House programme, ODB Brussels organized a meeting in Lyuban (Minsk Region) to develop an action plan on the basis of previously assessed local community needs.

This event came as a follow-up to the meeting held on December 16 of last year.

Mon, 2016-01-11 19:49

On December 24, Rahachou (Homel Region, Belarus), ODB Brussels held a seminar on planning of problem-solving activities for local communities. The event was organized as a follow up to the  Participatory Community Appraisal (PCA/PCP) training method as part of the ODB Clearing House programme. Participants of the seminar discussed ways to improve public transportation in Rahachou, raise the quality of health services and provide vulnerable groups of local population with access to services.

Fri, 2015-12-18 17:01

On December 16, 2015, within the framework of the Clearing House  programme, ODB Brussels organized a seminar on Participatory Community Appraisal (PCA) method in the Belarusian town of Lyuban (Minsk Region, Belarus). The event brought together representatives of the Lyuban Regional Executive Committee, mass media, urban community, local businesses and the representatives of the local civil society organisations.

Sat, 2015-12-12 17:18

On 8 December 2015, within the framework of the Clearing House programme, ODB Brussels organized a training course on the Participatory Community Appraisal (PCA) approach in the town of Rahachou (Belarus). The event gathered representatives of local civil society organizations, businesses, mass media, the Rahachou Regional Executive Committee, State Forest Protection Services and the Ministry of Emergency Situations service, Juvenile Commission and others.

Mon, 2015-11-30 11:25

Within the framework of seminar "Ways to Build Effective Partnership to Reach Common Goals", organized in Minsk by the Creative and Innovation Centre of Minsk State Palace of Children and Youth (Belarus) for civil society and international organizations in Belarus, state institutions and students, ODB Brussels organized a training on project management "From Problems to Project Ideas". Participants discussed how cross-sectoral cooperation can be used to solve problems of local communities.

Tue, 2015-11-10 15:00

When the Senior Director and co-founder of Indiegogo, the largest crowdfunding platform in the world, is a native of Minsk, it means that crowdfunding certainly has a future in Belarus, jokes Viktar Radzkou, a representative of Ulej. During the seminar "Easy Fundraising for NGOs" organized in Minsk by ODB Brussels within the framework of the Clearing House programme, he shared his insight on how this new service can be used for public campaigns, initiatives and projects in Belarus.

Mon, 2015-11-02 10:21

Technical aspects of implementing European projects in Belarus were discussed at the seminar "Reporting for EU-Funded Projects", which was held on the 29th of October in Minsk within the framework of the Clearing House programme. Participating Belarusian experts explained the particulars of reporting according to the Belarusian legislation and European Commission requirements. The event was attended by the EU Delegation to Belarus, local authorities and organizations that are about to start international technical assistance projects or are already implementing them.

Thu, 2015-10-15 14:12

Where can you get assistance with a non-profit project in Belarus? How should you prepare an application for an international call for proposals? Clearing House is a one-of-a-kind programme providing free consulting services aimed at building capacity of Belarusian civil society organizations. In January-August 2015,  almost 70% more organizations sought aid from Clearing House consultants than in the same period of 2014. This increase in the number of requests is due to a number of new opportunities for the "third sector" that opened in international programmes and call for proposals for Belarus.

Fri, 2015-10-02 13:18

Which crowdfunding platforms work in Belarus? How can one use local fundraising to raise funds for CSOs? How should one work with businesses and talk to sponsors? ODB Brussels in partnership with the Support Programme of Belarus of the Federal Government of Germany  has organized an expert seminar for non-profit organizations who wanted to learn to raise funds and resources for their projects in Belarus.

Mon, 2015-07-06 13:53

A training seminar for consultants of the Clearing House programme "The Art of Managing – from Goal-Setting to Effective Results" was conducted from June 30 to July 1, 2015 in Minsk. Participants of the event examined methods of increasing effectiveness of providing consultation services from the idea of a project to its implementation in Belarus with international technical assistance.