The recruitment process for training in new technologies for non-governmental organizations operating in towns of up to 50,000 residents has just started. The training courses are held as part of the “ICT for Local Development” Program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and its Manager is the Information Society Development Foundation (ISDF).
The participants of the training course will have an opportunity to improve their qualifications and learn more on how to use new technologies for the work with NGOs. The workshops will focus on certain tools used in communication, management and marketing as well as on fundraising and strategy of using the technology in organizational work. Apart from that, the participants of the training courses will learn how to buy good equipment and services and how to get funds for that purpose. The deadline for applications for the workshops is September 30.
The training makes the opportunity for organizations seeking solutions in the field of new technologies and wishing to use them actively in their work. Up to date, many organizations have used the training workshops to increase their potential and get practical knowledge which allows them to perform their tasks better and more efficiently. Among frequent problems are insufficient communication or problems with selecting proper tools for given tasks. Thanks to the workshops held by the ISDF, they can be easily solved and what’s more, the knowledge can be passed on and support technological development of the organization.
“The training has shown me another dimension of acting in the third sector. It made me realize how important the role of new technologies in NGOs operation is, especially as regards the issues related to security, management and communication,” explains Zuzanna Komornicka from Śnieżnik Massif Local Fund.
The workshops are addressed both for NGO representatives who want to improve their qualifications in the field of new technologies and the candidates for Mobile Advisors. But first of all they are addressed to those organizations which want to obtain new knowledge in the field of ICT. It is worth noting that the organizations participating in the training courses can also apply for grants of PLN 4,000, which undoubtedly will facilitate incorporating the technical solutions in the organization’s work. The former rounds of the program allowed the organizations to acquire electronic and computer equipment which improved significantly the standards of their work and communication with the public. Mostly the participants would buy laptops, tablets, smartphones, printers and necessary software. It also turned out that services related to creation and administering the websites or securing and modifying data management systems were needed.
“The courses included the practical part where their participants could learn in practice how to apply the useful applications that facilitate managing an NGO, e.g. applications making the inter-organizational communication, project management or data archiving easier. We have also learned about various forms of projects financing with the use of so called crowdfunding. And how to promote free of charge our activities on the Internet so that they reach as broad group of recipients as possible, “ says Wioletta Piwowarska from “Kacanka Valley” Local Activity Association.
“While analyzing the current trends, the power of the Internet, the subjects discussed at the NTL workshops and the experience of both the instructors and the participants, I realized that one has to develop his knowledge on new technologies and also put more emphasis on building the social capital online,” chimes Komornicka.
The applications for participation in the training courses can be submitted online at the NTL website throughout September. The organizers plan participation of representatives of 15 organizations. NOTE: eligible are only organizations from the villages and towns of up to 50,000 residents.
On October 6 there will be a meeting of the qualifying commission which will select the participants and the training will be held on October 21-23 (1st round) and November 4-6 (2nd round). All workshops will take place in Warsaw; the organizers provide the accommodation and meals. It will also be possible to obtain the reimbursement of cost of travel to Warsaw.