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The results of experience exchange seminar on bilateral cooperation

In December 2014 Society Integration Foundation in cooperation with Norwegian Embassy organised events to promote and develop bilateral cooperation within the EEA grant 2009 – 2014 „NGO Fund" in Latvia. The Latvian, Icelandic and Norwegian NGOs networking started on the 10 of December with reception hosted by the Norwegian Ambassador in his residence in Riga. On the 11 of December Society Integration Foundation organised the seminar „Bilateral cooperation within projects supported by EEA grant "NGO Fund" – impact and recommendations" within the framework of the NGO Fund programme in Latvia, part of the EEA grants 2009 – 2014. The goal of the seminar was to popularize bilateral cooperation within the projects and to find the benefits and innovative ways, how and why to cooperate.

What is the role of cooperation in nowadays? What are the opportunities of cooperation with Norway and Iceland? What are advantages and challenges of being a donor partner? These were just several questions which were discussed. Over 100 participants from NGO's from Norway, Iceland and Latvia, as well as different representatives from local and national institutions took a part in the seminar. Among the participants there were representatives of Norway Helsinki Committee (Norway) (www.nhc.no), Icelandic Human rights centre (Iceland) (www.humanrights.is), INTERACT Point Turku (Finland) (www.interact-eu.net), Blatt Afram -prevention of sexual abuse of children (Iceland) (www.blattafram.is), SOS Children's Villages in Norway (Norway) (http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org). Opening the seminar, Aija Bauere, Director of SIF secretariat, emphasized: "Within the current implementation period of EEA grant „NGO Fund" particular attention is paid to the promotion of cooperation between the beneficiary countries and the donor countries. It is important to recognize that the projects implemented in cooperation are real opportunities to better achieve the objectives of the projects, as well as gain new ideas for ourselves and exchange experience with others."

For more information about bilateral cooperation, please see the seminar programme, presentations and the gallery:

pdfSeminar Programme

  • Baiba Liepa, INTERACT Point Turku (Finland) - presentation
  • Birgit Jacobsen, Financial Mechanism Office (Brussels) - presentation
  • Lillian Solheim, Norway Helsinki Committee (Norway) - presentation
  • Jóna Adalheidur Palmadóttir, Icelandic Human rights centre (Iceland) - presentation
  • Linda Mežviete, Society Integration Foundation - presentation

Presentations of the projects with bilateral cooperation:

  • Eva Sāre Aizsilniece, Center Valdardze - presentation
  • Gaļina Sokolova, Society "Latvian Red Cross" Valka Comitee- presentation
  • Andra Greitāne, Society Rehabilitation center „Mes esam lidzas"- presentation
  • Irina Rulle, Society "Saule" - presentation
  • Daiga Zaķe, Center for Education Initiatives - presentation
  • Agnese Sladzevska, Establishment „Centre Dardedze"- presentation
  • Veronika Ļemeševska, Latvia Children's Fund- presentation
  • Gudrun Helga Bjarnadottir, Blatt Afram -prevention of sexual abuse of children (Icelande) - presentation

Advantages and challenges of being a project partner

  • Anna Katarzyna Wozniczka, W.O.M.E.N (Iceland) - presentation
  • Dzintra Džonsa, Fund Development & Communications (FDC), CO CEE/CIS/Baltics - presentation

Photo gallery

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Seminar Programme