REC office in Kosovo, has successfully organized Master Class Course with Environmental Civil Society Organizations (ECSO’s), implemented within the SpECIES Program – Cluster I, a 3 year program supported by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
Based on the increased number of interested ECSOs for participation, the Master Course was customized to suit their needs and was comprised by two sets of modules. The Courses were held at Hotel EKO Magra Austria - Boge, Rugove, in Kosovo. Around 50 ECSO’s participants of the Course were newly established, non-active/rarely-active and also CSOs with advanced organizational capacities and capabilities.
Different modules were created so that they cover different topics and tools aiming for capacity building of ECSO’s through provision of knowledge in the areas of Organizational Development and Participation. Topics derived from the ECSO assessment conducted during the programs’ Inception Phase.
Master Course sessions were tailored to help ECSO’s in increasing their organizational capacities and in better addressing environmental actions with the focus on Air, Water and Waste, through adequate tools and techniques. The objective is to give an overview of the different tools available to CSOs for taking concrete actions to enforce the right to a healthy environment in urban areas, to provide them with knowledge and skills to be able to use those tools in practice and, ultimately, to enable them to make an impact on decision-making. As an outcome, environmental civil society will be strengthened to promote positive environmental changes, through: advocacy and lobbying, public participation, networking and as a watchdog for local and central institutions and the business sector.
An important aspect developed within the Course material is utilization of the communication tools, by better understanding of the local context and through usage of different channels of information to reach stakeholders, beneficiaries and the public in general, with the aim to advocate/act and further enhance their influence in decision-making processes on environmental and sustainable development issues.
Furthermore, Master Class Course aimed at increasing ESCO’s capacities in project management, with the focus primarily on development of the Concept Note and Full Proposal (Narrative and Financial part). Knowledge share will help participants in defining the project’s aim, specific objectives and CSO’s approach towards project implementation, also by incorporating respective tools for monitoring and evaluation. In addition, participants learned about the Logical Framework Approach, through detailed analysis of the Logical Framework Matrix and its importance in coherence with the project development.
Overall, the Master Class Course will help ECSO’s in strengthening their capacities, in order to operate as independent and credible organizations, through improvement of their skills for participation and decision making and also through increased competencies related to project management and in general in improvement of ECSO’s public image. At the end of attendance of the two training modules, participants were given Certificate of Attendance by REC.
Master Course Class was divided in two modules, and were designed to be conducted for three days for each module:
Module I, topics: Advocacy and Lobbying, Partnership and Networking, Project Cycle Management, Aarhus Convention, Results Based Management
Module II, topics: Communication, Logical Framework Approach, Fundraising and Project Proposal Development.
Trainers who facilitated the Master Class Course were Kushtrim Islami, Visar Morina, Hamit Qeriqi and Kushtrim Shaipi.