International Center for Intercultural Research, Learning and Dialogue
Agency for Regional Development of Transnistria
KASA Swiss Humanitarian Foundation - Komitas Action Suisse-Arménie
The project includes 2 more partners from Armenia: Centre for Community Mobilization and Support from Alaverdi (Lori region) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Armenia.
We believe in power of communities and their people whose energy can bring a real and sustainable change. Social entrepreneurship has a great potential to transform ideas into actions, helping NGO workers to support communities in solving local problems and becoming less state dependent. By developing and testing a blended learning curricula on SE in Armenia and sharing it with a wide network of partners we are aiming at promoting innovative solutions to community related problems across Europe.
Armenia, Austria, Moldova
As the effects of the economic crisis such as high unemployment rates are especially visible in rural areas, there is a need to support the less developed regions. SE can be an answer to challenges, but there are not enough educational materials and consultancy to help NGOs and local activists to open and run enterprises. There is a need for bringing together international experts and developing high quality support mechanisms to ensure sustainable development of local communities in Europe.
Our aim is to empower European communities by providing them with training, education, consultation and support on the topic of SE. We want to develop a stand-alone e-learning platform addressed to NGOs and community activists that consists of learning curricula combining experts input, our experience of setting-up SEs in Armenia and international best practices. All materials will be distributed to communities across Europe, giving local NGOs a possibility to explore the potential of SEs.
Creation of the e-learning platform and blended learning curricula on SE will start in Armenia with international expert meeting devoted to development of the educational content. In the second stage it will be tested in 7 Armenian regions where local activists will undergo a training and set up their own enterprises with financial and content related support of the expert team. This will give us an opportunity to adjust the content based on Armenian experiences. The ready curricula will include best practices and training modules (both face to face and online) designed to improve the capacities of rural areas NGOs and activists. The multilingual materials produced will be spread to different European communities, supporting them in the efforts of promoting sustainable local development.
Our initiative is addressed to NGO workers from European local communities who are interested in gaining knowledge and practical methods on setting up and running SEs to solve the problems they are facing, such as high unemployment rates and depopulation. Apart from bringing benefits to the direct partners, the project will have an impact on a broader network of European NGOs and community groups working in rural areas as the multilingual learning curricula will be distributed internationally.
The aim of the project is creating an innovative stand-alone e-learning platform on SE designed specifically for NGO workers and local activists, hence being different from other existing educational online tools that represent more general approach to the topic of SE. Gaining access to international best practices and ready to use solutions suiting their needs, the NGO workers will increase their capacities for implementing successful community related projects in their local context.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Fees for the experts involved in the creation of the blended learning curricula 24 400 EUR (15 400 from Advocate Europe), travel and accommodation 16 600 (13 000 from Advocate Europe), development of the educational materials and online platform 19 900 EUR (14 000 from Advocate Europe), personel costs related to the administration 4800 (4800 from Advocate Europe), office costs 600 EUR (600 from Advocate Europe), promoting and sharing the project results 9000 EUR (secured from other sources).