Training on Community and organisational development, Budapest, 29 November – 1 December 2013

On 29 November – 1 December 2013, ILGA-Europe organised a training on Community and organisational development in Budapest for LGBTI activists from Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Moldova, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

While trying to grow and reach out to wider community through outreach and grassroots work, organisations also aspire to become more strategic in their advocacy and awareness raising work. To be able to better combine these two important sides of LGBTI organisations’ work the training course focused on exploring models of community development providing definitions, concepts and relationship to human rights advocacy. Other issues touched have been the emergence and development of organisations within LGBTI and Human Rights communities in different countries.

Besides, styles of leadership within communities and organisations have been explored together with the development of personal leadership skills.

Finally, to apply the tools and the knowledge of the training, action plans for developing individual, organisation and communities have been developed by participants. Cross-cutting issues risen in the context of the training course have been related with documentation of human rights violations and the role of community engagement to ensure victims report to be collected; the importance of building coalitions in advocacy work, the difficulties connected with community development in more peripheral geographical areas.

The peer learning component of the training course was quite extensive and allows participants to share experiences, lessons learned, specific tools and, eventually to plan future exchanges and contacts.

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