The NGO Academy offers capacity building programmes with a strong focus on building and strengthening a network of CSO practitioners in Central and South-Eastern Europe. The NGO Academy network consists of its partners, the faculty and most importantly, its members.
The members of the NGO Academy are the heart and soul of the programme. More than 560 organizations from 14 countries share their knowledge and learn from the faculty but most importantly from each other. Our members are active in 14 countries including Austria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
They are engaged in social service provision, culture and arts, environmental issues, human rights and women’s right, advocacy, youth work and many other areas of social relevance. It is the numerous participants of the NGO Academy and their valuable inputs and perspectives that make the programmes what they are: a learning journey that is supported by an extensive network of creators and practitioners.
ERSTE Foundation is a creative workshop for ideas and innovation, a lab for topics of the future which increases its effectiveness through the strategic cooperation with networks. As main shareholder of Erste Group ERSTE Foundation secures the independent future of one of the largest financial services providers in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. As a private Austrian savings banks foundation, the foundation is committed to serve the common good. We are convinced that most people want others to do well and should be supported to do so. The NGO Academy offers capacity building to empower those who care.
The Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna) is the largest university focusing on business and economics in Europe and, in terms of student body, one of the largest universities in Austria. It has been ranked as one of the best business schools in Europe and received Triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA.
The Social Entrepreneurship Center is an organisational unit of WU Vienna and combines research and practice on social entrepreneurship, civil society and social innovation. Its main activities comprise basic and applied research, program evaluations, capacity building, training and consulting.
“la Caixa” Foundation support initiatives that contribute to substantially improve living conditions amongst the most vulnerable populations in developing countries. In order to increase its impact, “la Caixa” Foundation works with leading players in the field of international development, such as European Foundations, International Organizations and the United Nations Organizations. “la Caixa” Foundation also works to foster the professionalization of the Civil Society organizations through training courses aimed for managers, technicians and volunteers of NGOs with the collaboration of the academic sector.
The faculty of the NGO Academy comprises around 200 professionals who have been involved in at least one of the programmes. They come from different backgrounds, like academia, the non-profit and for-profit sectors, and engage in the programmes by taking various roles, such as lecturers, guest speakers, and coaches. This way they challenge participants with different perspectives and support them in their learning progresses.
The Regional Programme is a topic-centred programme, focussing on strengthening management competencies of non-profit managers and staff members, taking into consideration their local context and needs for further development. Throughout the semester, webinars, physical workshops and online coaching experiences are provided to the NGO Academy Network in English, German, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Romanian, Czech and Hungarian language taking place in a variety of locations in Central and Eastern Europe.
Noemi Ambrus Kiry
Vukosava Crnjanski Šabovićmore
Luisa De Amicismore
Miquel de Paladellamore