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  1. 1. Introducing Euclid Network the European network of third sector leaders Euclid Network is an institutional partner of and supported by the European Commission, DG Education and Culture, Active Citizenship
  2. 2. What are we? <ul><li>Our Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Third sector leaders at the heart of the European project: a source of peace , freedom , justice and prosperity for citizens of Europe and beyond </li></ul><ul><li>Our Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting leaders to facilitate peer-learning , pan-European partnerships , influence processes , and make the sector as a whole stronger and more innovative , at the core of civil society in Europe and worldwide </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are we? <ul><li>Euclid Network (EN) empowers members to: </li></ul><ul><li>Develop </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development courses; facilitating peer learning </li></ul><ul><li>Connect </li></ul><ul><li>Events, both online and in ‘real life’; access to database of members, facilitating partnerships across sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>Providing tailored support and advice services; enabling members to respond to relevant consultations; information services </li></ul>
  4. 4. Supported by the European Commission <ul><li>Received core funding from the European Commission, DG Education and Culture, in April 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Euclid is the best vehicle to promote innovation and professional development in the sector across Europe and a natural partner of the European Commission to develop the social and economic agenda of Europe.” </li></ul><ul><li>Prof. Maria Joao Rodrigues, Special Advisor to PM for Portuguese Presidency of EU </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who are we? <ul><li>Over 300 members in 23 countries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These members collectively: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>► Turnover €3 billion per year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>► Employ 52,000 staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>► Manage over 1.2 million volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Offices in London and Paris, Stockholm </li></ul><ul><li>Pan-European governance </li></ul>
  6. 6. Launched in Paris, March 2007
  7. 7. Who is Euclid Network? <ul><li>Three founding members… </li></ul>Euclid Network Secretariat Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants et Des Acteurs de L’Economie Sociale (CJDES) Ideell Arena
  8. 8. Who is Euclid Network? <ul><li>Developing and connecting with national professional bodies of leaders… </li></ul>Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants et Des Acteurs de L’Economie Sociale (CJDES) Ideell Arena Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organisations (NENO) Slovenian Association of NGO Managers Leader2Leader Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO)
  9. 9. Who is Euclid Network Regional Hubs Former Soviet Union Western Europe The Northern Hub Mediterranean The Western Balkans Central and Eastern Europe
  10. 10. Strategic priorities <ul><li>Euclid Network runs four programmes: </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-border leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Good governance </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable funding </li></ul><ul><li>Soft power </li></ul>
  11. 11. Strategic priorities <ul><li>Cross-border leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated through formal training courses, peer-learning opportunities, and e-learning </li></ul><ul><li>21st Century Leadership programme to meet the needs of today’s third sector leaders. Innovative methodologies including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership exchanges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tailored participatory workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovative technologies on the EN website </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increasing knowledge sharing between the US and Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with Harvard University Kennedy School offering executive education courses </li></ul>
  12. 12. Strategic priorities <ul><li>Sustainable Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Reform of EU funding procedures </li></ul><ul><li>European Commission has allowed EN to set up a working group within DG Education and Culture to help reform EU funding regulation in the next EU budget starting in 2014 </li></ul><ul><li>Campaign for a European Social Investment Bank </li></ul><ul><li>A European Social Investment Bank would support the growth and development of the European social investment marketplace, making more investment capital available to the sector and ensuring that that capital is invested more strategically. Working with FutureBuilders and Credit Coop and The Centre for Social Investment at Heidelberg University </li></ul><ul><li>Support and Training </li></ul><ul><li>Tailored training in income generation and EU funding with tools such as the EU funding helpdesk, development courses on applying for EU funding and tools and guides available on the EN website </li></ul>
  13. 13. Strategic priorities <ul><li>Good governance </li></ul><ul><li>EN’s good third sector governance project launched in Paris, November 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to identify principles of good governance across Europe and develop tools of implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimate goal is to set up European standards and certification of good governance </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-review group to review and measure organisational governance has been established </li></ul><ul><li>Closely linked to EU funding reform project </li></ul>
  14. 14. Strategic priorities <ul><li>Soft power </li></ul><ul><li>The lack of reaction from the social economy / third sector actors on major subjects is a serious problem, when often it is our sector that have solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a rapid response panel of third sector leaders to respond to political, economic and social affairs </li></ul><ul><li>Due to start in 2010 </li></ul>
  15. 15. Where we work <ul><li>EN run specific leadership development projects in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Northern Europe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Western Balkans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Former Soviet Union </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mediterranean </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Where we work <ul><li>The Northern Hub </li></ul><ul><li>EN’s Northern Hub was launched on 30 June in Gotland, Sweden </li></ul><ul><li>The Northern Hub will: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect leaders from the Baltic Republics and former Soviet Union countries including </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specfically meet the needs of third sector leaders in the region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop regional connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate regional job-shadowing exchanges </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Where we work <ul><li>The Western Balkans </li></ul><ul><li>British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) funded project “Building from Within: Reuniting Europe by Strengthening and Connecting its third sector” in Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Producing in-depth unique research on each civil society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Running high-level training Masterclasses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gathering key stakeholders at national conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinating international job-shadowing exchanges </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project’s impacts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Council of Europe ran extra seminars on the project’s research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UK Charity Age Concern now in talks to set up in Albania </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Democratic Institute, the charity of the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Democrats, will now re-focus their priorities on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>governance following EN’s work in the region </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plans to scale-up the projects activities in 2009-2011 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Where we work <ul><li>Former Soviet Union </li></ul><ul><li>In June 2009, EN were awarded funding from the United Nations Democracy Fund to develop and connect civil society in Ukraine and Moldova. </li></ul><ul><li>Activities will include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a sustainable regional forum, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a series of innovative practitioner-focused events, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a good practice handbook, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and an internet portal that will both reinforce democratic infrastructure and increase CSO quality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The project will, in the long term, result in stronger, more legitimate and credible CSOs with more effective democratic participation. </li></ul><ul><li>EN is working on funding opportunities to connect and develop civil society in Belarus. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Where we work <ul><li>Mediterranean </li></ul><ul><li>EN plan to replicate our work across the Euro-Med region including Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon </li></ul><ul><li>Process will begin with a two day event that will highlight the specific leadership needs of civil society leaders in the region </li></ul>
  20. 20. National Professional Bodies <ul><li>EN has supported the creation of the first Italian body for third sector leaders, Leader2Leader, launched in June 2008 and the first Slovenian body, Slovenian Association of NGO Managers, launched in March 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Other groups are in development in Portugal, Spain, Germany and Ireland </li></ul>
  21. 21. Meeting and connecting… At the Euclid Network AGM 2009 … third sector leaders from across Europe Where were you?
  22. 22. Membership <ul><li>Full membership is open to third sector leaders across Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Other stakeholders can join the network as observers </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial membership is available for private sector organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Umbrella organisations can join and offer discounted EN membership to its members </li></ul>
  23. 23. What the members say… <ul><li>During the event [in Lisbon] I established contacts with leaders of several organisations that offer promising possibilities for concrete and useful partnerships, including one with whom we already agreed on hosting the winner of the first competition for the most socially responsible company in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which my organisation organises. This is a fantastic outcome! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eni Kurtovic, Mozaik Foundation (Bosnia-Herzegovina) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I've been with Euclid near enough since the start, and for me, one of the great advantages is the access to information - I get far more useful information from Euclid (and its members) than from any other source. Euclid keeps me up to date and one step ahead! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clive Curtis, Vale Centre for Voluntary Services (UK) </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. For further information <ul><li>www.euclidnetwork.eu </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>