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  • Written by Yevhen Poltenko, Executive Director of Legal Development Network
  • Published in  Events
Olena Matviychuk conducts master class "Why do organizations die?. What to do if you don't know what to do?!” Photo by Legal Development Network
Olena Matviychuk conducts master class "Why do organizations die?. What to do if you don't know what to do?!”

This is the motto of the fifth Capacity Development Forum that was held on November 29-30, 2016 in Kyiv. It is a powerful national platform to discuss the main issues and development trends of the third sector for the near future. Isar Ednannia managed to gather 1500 participants in the NSK "Olympiysky" and create an atmosphere where everyone meets everyone, where every minute adds to the professionalism, where the inspiration gained is enough for the whole year!

Legal Development Network, one of which main objectives is to promote capacity development of NGOs, took an active part in the Forum. The info stand of the Network located in the Hall of Champions, where the Forum participants could get acquainted with the possibilities of obtaining free legal aid, expert and legal support of the processes in the society and participation in training activities for community activists, aroused great interest - more than 100 visitors received detailed information and contacts of local offices of the Network.

Olena Matviychuk, the human rights activist, mediator, co-author of two guides for local authorities on creating legal aid system in communities, the Chairman of the Board of the Legal Development Network, brought together more than 30 participants to attend her workshop "Why do organizations die? What to do if you don't know what to do?!”. Having considered the stages of development of their organizations, community activists jointly defined challenges to their growth and formed visions of an adequate response with the use of their own resources.

Participants were brought to solve local problems through community engagement. Zoryana Khrystyna lawyer, human rights activist, expert on community development, Board member of the Legal Development Network explained a number of topical issues through specific examples and using clear instructions. How to identify the root of the problem and not deal with the consequences or the problem of community? How to effectively involve the community to solve problems? When the community is not ready to solve the problem and is it worth it to fight it?

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