Information Center for Local Authorities, jointly with colleagues from Solidarity Fund PL (Poland) organized a „Partner matching event for Moldovan-Polish projects”. Event took place in Chisinau from February 17 to February 19, 2014.
The first workshop of this kind organized by ICLA hosted 10 representatives of NGOs from Poland and 16 representatives of local authorities and NGOs from Moldova, which were selected after a competition based on the analysis of activity profiles of applicants from different regions of Poland and Moldova.
The main aim of the workshop was to facilitate the developing of new partnerships between organizations from Poland and Moldova, which will jointly participate in Polish grant contests (eg. „Polish AID”, „Support for Democracy”, „RITA – Region in Transition „, etc.).
The seminar was leaded by trainers: Martyna Kwiatkowska (Poland) and Oksana Chaban (Ukraine) which have successfully managed to moderate the event, to train the participants and to facilitate developing of new partnerships.
The first day of the seminar, the participants had good opportunity to know each other by presenting organizations’ profiles, their activities and success stories.
On the second day, the participants were welcomed by the Ambassador of Poland in Chisinau, His Excellency Mr. Artur MICHALSKI, who stressed the importance of cooperation between Poland and the Republic of Moldova by transfering of knowledge and best practices in different areas
The same day, participants worked in mixed Moldovan-Polish working groups, where they:
- ..studied grant competitions for joint projects;
- ..generated ideas for joint projects;
- ..were instructed about what is a successful project?
- ..identified the problems that must be solved;
- ..identified target groups for projects;
- ..outlined objectives;
- ..found out the general rules on budgeting …
- and general rules on financial reporting on the project;
- ..prepared budgets for joint projects;
- ..studied how is cooperation with partners within international projects;
- ..went over cooperation stages: from developing a concept to common reporting;
- ..studied examples of partnerships’ agreements.
- ..presented succes stories of Moldovan-Polish projects (by Polish participants).
On the third day, participants presented to the groups their project concepts and they received / have provided recommendations for improving their projects.
„This partner matching event was very important for our organization, because we’ve met some organizations from Moldova with whom we will cooperate on such areas like, environmental technologies, environmental networks, mediation, education and youth. We would like to have one more day of this event in order to have opportunity to meet more organizations from Moldova” told usDumitrita Szajczyk, representant of the Foundation for Sustainable Development Centre „Horizons” (Fundację Centrum Zrównoważonego Rozwoju „Horyzonty”) from Poland.
„I’m for the first time at such unique event, we get familiar with Polish grant programs, we developed capacities in writing successful projects, and most importantly we managed to identify a partner for cooperation in Education and volunteering domain” shared with us Natalia Strajesco, Head of Information and Public Relations Department from General Department for Education, Youth and Sport of Chisinau City Hall.
Participation in the seminar was free of charge, and all costs of accommodation and catering were covered by organizers.
This training was made possible by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. The contents of the training are the sole responsibility of Information Center (Solidarity Fund PL) and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID, United States Government or the Government of the Republic of Poland.
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