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.

Mon, 2015-07-06 11:15

On July 1, 2015 Minsk hosted a training seminar on how to cover EU activities in Belarus. Participants of the seminar examined methods and modern strategies of informing the Belarusian public about EU projects and international technical aid as well as financial support provided to the country. The event was attended by representatives of Belarusian non-profit organizations, offices of international programmes and regional authority structures.

Wed, 2015-04-01 18:49

Can social entrepreneurship bring changes to the society, and which social enterprise model can bring sustainability to a non-profit organisation? On March, 27, participants of the Social Entrepreneurship in Belarus: Viable Models and Secrets of Success seminar studied best foreign practices of social entrepreneurship (SE), as well as legal aspects of establishing social enterprises in Belarus. The seminar on social entrepreneurship was organised by the ODB (Brussels) in partnership with the Support Programme of Belarus of the Federal Government of Germany.

Mon, 2015-03-30 18:23

On March 26, Minsk gathered representatives of Belarusian civil society organisations to exchange their experiences of social entrepreneurship. How can we make a "social" business profitable and bring sustainability to a non-profit organisation in the difficult economic conditions - these were some of the questions raised by participants of the seminar "Social Entrepreneurship in Belarus: Viable Models and Secrets of Success" that was organised by the ODB (Brussels) in partnership with the Support Programme of Belarus of the Federal Government of Germany.

Tue, 2015-03-03 19:00

On February 27, 2015 EU Delegation to Belarus organized a working meeting dedicated to increasing effectiveness of communication. Participants of the meeting discussed issues of dissemination of information about running EU supported projects in Belarus.

Sat, 2015-01-24 06:00

On January 23, 2015, Clearing House programme consultants held an additional training on preparation of project concepts for the European Commission Civil Society and Local Government Support (CSO-LA) call for proposals. About 30 representatives of both national and local civil society organizations took part in the event. The participants used case studies to examine basic approaches to writing project concepts.

Fri, 2015-01-23 10:25

On January 20, 2015, an EU Delegation to Belarus information meeting dedicated to a Civil Society and Local Government Support (CSO-LA) call for project proposals. The meeting gathered both government officials and representatives of local communities who examined various aspects of preparing project applications during an educational training organized within the "Clearing House" programme.

Wed, 2015-01-21 08:46

On January 15, 2015, as part of the EU Delegation to Belarus information meeting dedicated to a
Civil Society and Local Government Support (CSO-LA) call for proposals, Clearing House programme consultants held a special training in Homel for representatives of civil society organizations and local authorities on preparation of project concepts to be implemented in Gomel region with EU financial support.

Thu, 2015-01-15 17:40

EU delegation to Belarus organized an information meeting dedicated to a CSO-LA («Civil Society and Local Government Support») programme call for proposals. In accordance with the programme, in 2014-2017 NGOs and local government in Belarus will receive about 8 million euros for development of joint projects. As EU representatives announced today, in 2015 the priority for funding will be given to environmental and energy projects though different initatives are welcome.

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:24

"Сlearing House" programme was presented at the V Informal Education Festival on December 6 in Minsk. Participants of the festival (this year their number exceeded 250 people) were provided with information on international grant opportunities for projects in Belarus and empowerment prospects for local communities. Earlier this year leaders of non-profit organisations had a chance to take part in the activities of "Clearing House" programme, learning a method used to assess needs of local communities and examining theoretical and practical aspects of project preparation for international calls for proposals.

Mon, 2014-12-08 15:08

On 4 December 2014, an information day “Designing a Project for International Competitions: Theory and Practice” was organised in Babruisk. 11 local civil society organisations and initiatives participated in the event. Guests and members of the “Clearing House” programme team discussed key aspects of project management and obtained information about international assistance available for local projects.