The NGO Academy offers capacity building programmes for representatives of NGOs and social businesses in Central and Eastern Europe. Each programme focuses on the further development of management competences and addresses a variety of related topics. They are clustered into four categories:

Resources & Innovation: this category includes topics related to the various resources an organisation uses and depends on and their acquisition, as well as innovation management as a mean to create, identify and introduce new resources into existing systems (eg. fundraising, community involvement, innovation management, social entrepreneurship, design thinking, etc.)

Planning & Implementation: this category addresses topics related to skills necessary in the daily work of an organisation, as well as in the implementation of new projects (eg. marketing, social media, project planning, etc.)

Sustaining Success: this category consists of topics relevant for the successful management of an organisation, internally and towards external stakeholders (eg. leadership, impact measurement, proposal writing, etc.)

Local Focus: this category focuses on topics relevant to organisations due to the local context they are operating in, such as a specific country or its status in relation to the EU, as well as soft skills that might vary depending on the cultural frame (eg. EU funds, negotiations, CSR partnerships, etc.).



The Social Innovation and Management Programme is a comprehensive, modular programme combining practice orientation with a solid base of expert knowledge. It provides its participants with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills required to manage their organisations.

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The Regional Programme is a topic-centred programme, focusing on the strengthening of management competencies of non-profit managers and staff members, taking their local context and needs for further development into consideration.

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The Professional Master in Social Innovation & Management is a fully accredited programme designed to accelerate the understanding of the current core dimensions of social innovation and management.

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This study sheds light on the importance and diversity of civil society in the different states of Central and Eastern Europe. The analysis includes recent social and political developments as well as the growing influence of the EU, especially among the candidate countries.

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This study provides a differentiated mapping of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe and a better understanding of how the institutional context relates to a country’s civil society.

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The study was conducted by the Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship at WU Vienna (Vienna University of Economics and Business), commissioned by and in collaboration with ERSTE foundation as well as with a group of country experts.

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This study is guided by the intention to develop a better understanding of the current state of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe, the diverse pathways of its development, and its possible future trajectories.

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