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Festival pre-event. Shifting the power dynamic between donors and civil society activists

Join us at the inspiring pre-events of the Partos Innovation Festival. This year, we start with a range of online pre-events on October 6 and 7 to get you in the festival mood! The main programme of the Partos Innovation Festival is on October 14th at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. This year the festival focuses on inclusive civic power as an essential force for social change. We unite national and international voices to share innovative ideas, best practices and stories that matter.

  • Date and time 7 October 2022, 13:00 - 14:30 CET
  • Where Via ZOOM
  • For whom Everyone who's interested

Shifting the power dynamic between donors and civil society activists

How to navigate between a pre-planned larger project logframe and complexity of a civil society ecosystem to make space for transformational change, which may not be always possible to be planned in advance? Whose reality counts in this process?

We would like to share our experience with participatory approaches to capacity strengthening for emerging/grassroot civil society actors (CSAs) within an EU-financed regional project, which took place at the same time in Moldova, Georgia and Armenia (2020 – 2022).

We did not promote a uniform trajectory of CSA capacity strengthening, growing into a grants-based NGO for example, instead, each actor (including informal initiatives and social movements) could take different paths which made sense in their context. This brought its own challenges and opportunities, both in managing the project upstream with the donor and downstream with the CSAs.

As well as sharing this project example, this session is an invitation to explore potential answers to our questions with those who come.

Register here for the pre-event Shifting the power