Wednesday, 4 March 2009

TRIALOG training for "EC newcomers" in Latvia

At the end of January 2009, TRIALOG realised the second 2 day training on “How to write an EC proposal” in Latvia (the first one took place in early 2008).

To get into the topic, we started with presenting the frame of the EU-strategy 2007 – 2010 of the thematic programme Non-State Actors and Local Authorities, the Annual Action Plan 2008 and the Call for Proposal on Development Education and Awareness Raising in Europe.

7 participants from different Latvian NGOs worked together and decided spontaneously during the workshop, to elaborate one concrete common project to raise awareness in Latvia on development issues. In the meanwhile, the group of 5 NGOs submitted a concept note within the call by the deadline in February.

So far, Latvia is one of the few EU new member states which did not make much use of the EC development education budget line and as a consequence, no Latvian NGO was so far awarded an EC development education contract as applicant. We hope that the training was one little further step for Latvian development NGOs to compete successfully at the EU level for development education funds in future.

Information provided by Petra Kreinecker, TRIALOG

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