Training Opportunities on Participatory Approaches
Nicosia, 13 September 2011 – On September 16th, 2011, Friday, a bi-communal workshop will be organized in order to launch a series of capacity building workshops on Participatory Development, which will be provided to interested individuals between 21st September and 15th October. These capacity building workshops will be given by experts on behalf of the Future Together Project, implemented by ETEK and KTMMOB and supported by UNDP-ACT through USAID funds.
Participatory approaches have become the norm in the EU and in many other countries therefore citizen participation is very crucial. The objective of the Future Together Project is to engage Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots further and ensure their participation in the planning of shared spaces, with a particular emphasis on cultural heritage and environmental initiatives. In this context, the Future Together Project conducted research studies on projects focused on cultural and natural heritage in order to extract lessons from existing participatory development models. Research results will be shared with public with a bi-communal event on September 16th, Friday at 4pm at the Home for Cooperation located in the Buffer Zone.
Following this bi-communal event, workshops will be delivered on eight different topics by various professionals who are experts in adult training and participatory development. As mentioned before, these multiple titles have been identified after the research had been conducted. Workshop topics are: Leadership Skills, Social Needs Assessment, Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building, Strategic Planning and Vision-Building, Participatory Culture in the Digital Era and E-Citizenship, Participatory Approaches in Project Management, Participatory Approaches in Development, and Promotion and Communication. Following these workshops, a “Training of Trainers” course will be given to those who are interested.
These trainings will equip participants with unique information on the aforementioned topics and will help create a network of individuals interested in actively supporting Participatory Development. The trainings are offered at no charge and will be delivered in Turkish and Greek, depending on the language of the practitioners.