Recently I served as marketing faculty for the NGO Leadership Conference, which took place in early December in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The conference is an initiative established by The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) to strengthen civil society in new democracies by providing leadership training to non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In partnership with the William Davidson Institute (WDI) and the Pontis Foundation, the NGO Leadership Conference provided training at no cost to leaders from NGOs in select countries where authoritarian regimes have collapsed. As recent events in Ukraine, Russia, or Tunisia have shown, there is an urgent need to strengthen civil society organizations so that they can advance positive social and political change. The 25 participants came from Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.
The goal of the NGO Leadership Conference is to make civil society organizations more effective and durable. Through the conference, NGO leaders gain managerial capacity and the tools and skills that will help them to successfully engage with the general public, government stakeholders, donors, beneficiaries, and international partners. The program included sessions on vision and strategy, financial management, resource mobilization, and marketing.
I feel so blessed to have been a part of this conference. These NGOs and their leaders are actively making a difference in areas of the world that desperately need help and advocacy. The Weiser Center is currently seeking donations to support the NGO Leadership Conference in 2017. If you’d like to contribute, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.