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August 2014

In August we reached a key milestone in our Capacity Building Programme with the training on fundraising for our European members.

Building our members’ capacity

In August we reached a key milestone in our Capacity Building Programme with the training on fundraising for our European members. 10 of them had the opportunity to acquire more expertise and practical tools on how to diversify funding and create a viable financial structure.

The training phase will finish at the end of 2014 with the development of a toolkit on this topic, expected for late January 2015.

Earlier this year, Slovakia and Bulgaria, who joined the Programme in late 2013, entered the first phase of the Programme. At this stage, they learned more about strategic planning and how to assess their organisational capacity.

Throughout the year 18 patients’ organisations from Romania and Hungary participated in the second phase of the Programme.

Much more implementation-oriented, this level consists in providing training related to operational planning. Evaluation of the first two phases of the Programme is undergoing in these two countries alongside planning for the next phase consisting of a thematic training on fundraising. 

In 2014 EPF started to support our Cypriot member (the Pancyprian Federation Of Patients Associations and Friends) in developing their first-ever strategic plan. This is part of their overall approach to raise the profile of the organisation as an equal partner in the national debate around health issues.