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LICSCIL: Leadership Skills Through Informal Learning Processes

The Lifelong Learning Programme/Grundtvig Learning Partnership was implemented from 1st August 2009 to 31st July 2011. The aim of this EU-funded project was to improve leadership development and capacity building within the NGO sector. The project brought together a consortium of six partner organizations from different European countries.

The project sought to address the need for enhanced strategies and tools in leadership development, recognizing it as a crucial aspect of capacity building within NGOs. By fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among the partner organizations, the project aimed to develop innovative approaches to training routines, learning environments, and collaboration potential in the field of leadership development.

Through various activities such as joint conferences, thematic work meetings, and bilateral job shadowing visits, the project created opportunities for adult education trainers and learners to share experiences, best practices, and insights. The partners collaborated to identify effective strategies and tools that could be utilized to enhance leadership development within the NGO sector.

The ultimate outcome of the project was the collection of enhanced strategies and tools for leadership development, which would serve as a valuable resource for NGOs and their staff members. By equipping NGOs with effective leadership development approaches, the project aimed to strengthen the overall capacity and effectiveness of the European Civil Society.

Overall, the Lifelong Learning Programme/Grundtvig Learning Partnership provided a platform for collaboration and learning among the partner organizations, contributing to the improvement of leadership development practices in the NGO sector

The primary objective of the project was to enhance training routines, learning environments, and collaboration potential in leadership development within the European Civil Society. The partnership consisted of six organizations from six countries, all of which were actively involved in capacity building in the NGO sector. The lead partner was SOCIUS Organisationsberatung gGmbH, a non-profit training and consulting agency based in Berlin.

Approximately 50 adult education trainers and learners from the six partner organizations across Europe participated in the project’s activities. The partnership also indirectly benefited the NGOs served by the partners, as well as their staff members who were involved as learners at the local level. Each partner had a local network of at least 10-15 NGOs that received training, resulting in a total of up to 120 NGOs and their staff benefiting indirectly. This means that around 500 to 600 people, including both paid and volunteer staff of NGOs, were indirectly involved in the project.

The partnership activities included:

  1. Two joint conferences: The project began with a kick-off conference and concluded with a termination conference.
  2. Five thematic work meetings: These meetings focused on specific subtopics, such as “interest groups,” “study circle methodology,” “local cooperation and partnership,” “creative leadership and innovation,” and “volunteer and paid staff.”
  3. Bilateral job shadowing visits: Partners had the opportunity to visit each other’s organizations, meet with staff members and the local network, and gain direct working experience in different countries. Two dates were set aside for these visits.
  4. Learning accounts: Personal summaries of the learners’ experiences and insights were shared and discussed through various resources, both online (website) and offline (audio and video conferences, working papers).

Overall, the partnership aimed to improve leadership development in the European Civil Society by fostering collaboration, sharing best practices, and providing valuable learning experiences for trainers and learners from different organizations across Europe.

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