ICDT Announces a Call for Applications for its Visegrad Academy for Political Leadership

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The International Centre for Democratic Transition (ICDT) supported by the International Visegrad Fund invites applicants from Ukraine for the Visegrad Academy for Political Leadership to be held in Kyiv, Budapest and Warsaw
The program is elaborated by the ICDT in cooperation with Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia from Bratislava, Diplomatic Academy Prague, European Academy of Diplomacy from Warsaw and the International Centre for Policy Studies from Kyiv. It is designed to provide a unique opportunity for Ukrainian aspiring politicians to acquire and improve all the skills needed to become successful democratic political leaders. Its uniqueness comes from the fact that it is designed in a tailor-made way, addressing the needs of the participants, while providing a complete skills development toolkit. Its main aim is to support the democratic transition of Ukraine by sharing the experience of the Visegrad Group countries. The Visegrad Academy for Political Leadership seeks to educate, connect and inspire Ukraine’s future leaders to pursue and promote civic engagement and to use the thus acquired skills to bring about positive change in Ukraine.

The ICDT invites applicants with strong democratic principles from various backgrounds, such as the civil society sector, media, independent activists, or graduate students from relevant academic disciplines, to apply for our multi-country studies program. The studies modules (leadership skills development training in Kyiv, study trip in Budapest and second study trip in Warsaw) will be held in Kyiv, Budapest and Warsaw, all of them having English as working language. Each of the modules are focusing on key distinct training activities, complementing each-other for establishing a complete skills development program. The participants will be expected to attend all three modules. Upon completion, each of the participants will receive certificates of attendance and fulfillment of all required assignments.

The dates of the program are as follows: in Kyiv from the 12 to 15th of May, in Budapestfrom the 14 to 16th of September and in Warsaw from the 12 to 14th of October.

All costs (travel, board, accommodation) incurring during the activities will be covered by the organizers, through the generous funding provided by the International Visegrad Fund. There is no participation fee incurred.

For further information and the eligibility criteria please download the Call for Applications below:

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The “EYF (Re)generation” seminar

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Strasbourg, 12 March 2015

From 18th to 20th February the European Youth Foundation held the “EYF (Re)generation” seminar, attended by 28 participants, representing 28 local or national youth NGOs from 20 Council of Europe member states. Check out the video below!

This is the third consecutive year that the Foundation team, along with the support of a youth trainer and a coordinator, organises such an event. Previous years’ experience has shown a need for more specific and focused seminars, which is mainly why the “EYF (Re)generation” seminar was focused on the grassroots level.

The programme was designed to meet both the learning needs expressed by the participants and the objectives set by the EYF team. The EYF principles and spirit were at the core of the event (comfortable atmosphere, two-way communication, transfer of knowledge and experience, being proactive and creating space for everyone to participate).

Participants’ perspectives were directly integrated in the 3-day programme of the seminar: sharing information on what each NGO is best at, presenting and sharing local/national realities and positive/negative experiences of organising pilot activities at local level using creative methods, practical experience of the grant application and reporting process, mapping out partnerships existing at local level and creating opportunities for new partnerships.

As one of the objectives of the seminar was to create a common understanding of pilot activities supported by the EYF, participants had the opportunity to discuss and analyse their experience with the new EYF regulations and online system. Moreover, time was devoted to clarify concepts and terminology, such as the concept of intervention, which is one of the definitions of an EYF-supported pilot activity. The participants were also put in “EYF shoes” and experienced the process of assessing pilot activity applications and reports.

Concrete outputs included the development of tools in working groups to be used by NGOs when preparing and implementing EYF-supported activities, for example a checklist before submitting a grant application, a compilation of online resources, a video on partnerships, a needs assessment tool. Participants are sharing information about the EYF seminar though social and traditional media, as well as presentations to volunteers and colleagues and seminars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlyMuWuVXjs#t=34

Video contest «To be European» in Ukraine

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Ukrainians are invited to take part in a short video contest, «To be European», funded by the EU Delegation to Ukraine and implemented by the Open Society Foundation.
Participants must create an original video no longer than 3 minutes with the answer to the question, “What is Europe and why we would like to become part of it?”, upload it on YouTube and send it to the jury.
The deadline for submitting applications is 29 March.
The videos will be presented on the Contest webpage from 7 April for online voting, which will last until 15 May. One winner will be the author of the video that gains the biggest number of votes in the online poll and two winners will be chosen by a jury.
Detailed information and registration is available here.