We were so inspired by the change, the impetus for which was our collaboration, that in the process of creating the New East strategy and report, our curator Alina Hačetlova began to do in-depth research with dr Kama Pawlicka at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Poland (You can read the study here). Our team began to analyze our activity, measure our achievements, to introduce new positive examples of management, and then we began to use our potential and realized what a great resource there is around us. This program for the development of our capacity gives us the opportunity even now to learn, transform, develop, and become more stable and active.
Positive change can start with us. We need a strong internal resource - an engaged team, a vision, a long-term sustainability plan, a technical resource, a working identity, a diversified budget, analytics, and the ability to invest in institutional development - to develop our programs.
During the pandemic, we began to take steps to achieve these goals. We began to grow very quickly, the number of participants, volunteers, and programs grew, and we realized that we needed to go through a difficult but critical phase to grow, do better programs, involve even more people, create, interest, and change our sociocultural landscape.
And in 2021, our collaboration with the Active Citizens Fund began, which was ready to help us not only not to burn out, not liquidate, not close programs, but to give us the tools, skills, and motivation for our internal institutional development. We started the first New East Capacity Building program (2021-2022) and now we are starting our second program with new goals, objectives, and dreams.
The Active Citizens Fund works in all countries to strengthen civil society and citizens' participation and build vulnerable groups' capacities.