If you work in a civil society organization (CSO), this course might be just right for you.
The course will provide participants with core knowledge, practical skills and tools to manage and lead a CSO efficiently and effectively. The course will address the specific challenges and opportunities facing CSOs within both national and global contexts, including in the context of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved by the United Nations in September 2015, and the Paris agreement on Climate Change.
Participants’ own experiences will be compared with international experiences and good practices presented during the course. This ensures that the outcome of the course is relevant to the individual participant and to the home organization. The course will make extensive use of action-oriented learning approaches and participatory training methods.
The course will consist of the following main topics:
- Civil society in context – Threats and opportunities for CSOs in democratic and repressive societies, and new opportunities in the context of the SDGs.
- CSO/NGO management tools – The human rights based approach, organizational development, alliances, advocacy and CSO governance.
- Action plan and exposures
Participants should expect the course to include both pre- and post-course engagement. Participants will spend a considerable amount of time formulating an Action Plan report, which will help in considering ways to apply acquired learning, skills and tools upon return to the participant’s home organization. Course management will be in contact with participants approximately 5 weeks before the course to initiate the action planning process.
Participants must be affiliated with organizations supported through Danida funding via Danish Embassies or Danish NGOs. The course is targeted at managers at various levels from CSOs. Participants should have at least 3-5 years’ of working experience.
Place of Study
The course will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, facilitated by the Danish company INKA Consult (www.inkaconsult.dk) together with experienced trainers, including from the Danish umbrella NGO network CISU (Civil Society in Development, www.cisu.dk). You can find more information at www.cso-course.dk
The course is co-funded by the Danida Capacity Development Support Programme. Programmes/ projects/CSOs are charged a nonrefundable amount of DKK 7,000 per participant per tutorial week. Total funding needs are thus DKK 14,000 per participant. This includes study fees, return air-ticket, accommodation, personal allowances and insurance.
The full course schedule can be seen here.