Philosophy

The introduction of the new Erasmus + Programme has not been an easy transition for NGO’s within the European Union. It is substantially more complicated and longer than the previous programmes and it requires a high level of background knowledge to be fully understood. Essential parts of this programme rely on the previously issued Europe 2020 Strategy that is a very sophisticated document by itself, but it has also references to other similarly intricate documents such as the ET 2020 or the Renewed Framework for European Cooperation in the Youth Field (2010-2018).

In order to work with this new Programme, organizations need to invest a lot of time and effort first into completely understanding it, then into implementing the new knowledge into their organizations’ everyday lives. This process leaves room for significant improvements as many organizations don’t have the capacity to require all the necessary knowledge. There is a need for simplified guides and other materials that focus only on one action at a time and breaks down the vast amount of information into more easily attainable units.

Once the organizations manage to acquire all the necessary information about the new programmes the next challenges rise when they intend to implement it in their organizations. It requires a strong organizational management with competent project management tools. Although there is a lot of material on different project management approaches, they are all designed for organizations that don’t require a 3rd party to finance their projects. This lack of Project Management Standards for NGO’s causes difficulties for organizations in their efforts to successfully implement the new Programmes as they have to spend more time and effort on figuring out their own ways that often lead to failure.

To summarize, there are many difficulties that complicate the work of NGO’s well before they can actually start doing what they had intended to do originally, and many of them fail to overcome them. There is a great demand for simpler-structured, more easily attainable material about the Erasmus + Programme together with standardized methods and tools that strengthen the organizations’ project management processes enough to implement the changes.
The aim of this project is to fundamentally strengthen NGO’s capacities to take potent/influential actions in the frameworks of the Erasmus + Programme.

 

Objectives:

  • To enable organizations to easily understand the Erasmus + Programme, the Europe 2020 Strategy, the ET 2020 and other important EU Policies;
  • To strengthen the organizations ability to address successfully the objectives outlined by Erasmus + Programme, the Europe 2020 Strategy, the ET 2020 and other important EU Policies;
  • To enable organizations to satisfy the needs of all of their stakeholders;
  • To provide organizations with efficient Project Management methods and standards that focus on efficiently aligning the EU Policies with local needs;
  • To create a compendium of Europe 2020 Strategy, ET 2020 and other EU Policies;
  • To create a compendium of the Erasmus + Programme;
  • To create a user-friendly guide for Europe 2020 Strategy, ET 2020 and other EU Policies;
  • To create a user-friendly guide for the Erasmus + Programme;
  • To research Project Management methods and set up Project Management Standards for projects within the framework of the Erasmus + Programme;
  • To research and document best Project Management experiences as well as common mistakes.

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