The partnership between the two NGOs has been solidified with a four day training visit in Oslo.
During the visit, The Young Initiative Association and Norsensus Mediaforum arranged a series of workshops on the topic of sustainability in NGO sector in Romania and Norway, improving the sustainability of the ongoing projects, presentations of the activities of both organizations, with a focus on the common themes with a special emphasis on communication strategy and visual storytelling. Also the project partners held debates on topics of common interest, with a focus on sharing knowledge and experience from both countries.
One of the most striking highlights of the project was the presentation of The Young Initiative Association’s inspiring projects in Romania listed below:
1. CMON Center – A space which any NGO from Romania can use for free for any event or meeting (trainings of up to 20 people, workshops, seminars, board meetings, interviews etc). As many Romanian NGO’s lack space and infrastructure for implementing their activities properly, this facility brings considerable added-value to the sector, especially in Bucharest, where it is located.
2. NGO Library – A collection of 115 books on nonprofit management is available to any NGO manager from Romania for borrowing. In a country where no public library offers books about NGO management, this collection brings global knowledge closer to the Romanian NGO’s (most books are bought from international suppliers).
3. MOOC Course – Innovative online education makes learning accesible for everyone, which we aim to do for the Romanian NGO managers and prospective managers, starting from January/February 2016, when we expect to launch such an online MOOC course on how to manage your NGO profesionally and sustainably.
4. 12 trainings and seminars – 180 NGO managers throughout Romania will benefit from trainings on how to recruit, select and manage volunteers, as well as seminars on various topics, which are selected after a careful needs analysis was done.