Capacity and network development

EPIM works closely with its grantee organisations through its capacity development activities, which include facilitating joint learning initiatives and organising workshops built around the needs of these organisations.

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With its ‘funding plus’ work, EPIM strengthens organisations to support them in following their mission and being strong voices, thereby allowing them to scale up their activities as implementers of EPIM-funded projects and contribute to the sustainability of the sector. Additionally, EPIM makes use of its convening role to encourage civil society organisations to cooperate together, and with government authorities and other stakeholders, to achieve common goals, develop common strategies and approaches, keep track of EU agendas and frameworks and organise in stronger, more effective networks.

Grantees of EPIM as well as related organisation in the field are provided with opportunities such as:

Collective Workshops or Conferences

Collective workshops and conferences convening EPIM grantees, foundations, related organisations and relevant stakeholders (e.g. policy makers) are organised at European level on themes of joint interest. By combining formats such as roundtable discussions, interactive breakout groups or keynote speeches, these events stimulate participants to exchange, learn and strategise in a peer-to-peer learning environment.

(Joint) Learning Initiatives

EPIM grantees are encouraged to make use of additional learning grants which allow them to design trainings, workshops, or consultancy support targeted to the specific needs or opportunities to learn for their organisation. The learning grants can also be used jointly by organisations who have identified common needs or opportunities and wish to follow-up initial ideas by taking concrete action together, e.g. in a joint campaign or joint event.

Staff exchanges

EPIM offers (cross-border) staff exchanges and site visits between EPIM grantee organisations or related organisations that are interested in learning more about another (European) organisation’s practice. The exchanges promote the process of transfer of promising practices from one country or region to another by supporting the identification of practices and the concrete steps needed to transfer and implement successful models.