The EU-funded project Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility – Regional Actions announces the call for applications for its new Online Course for Civil Society Organisations on Sectoral Accountability in the Energy Sector, developed and delivered in partnership with DiXi Group and the Kyiv School of Energy Policy. Apply by September 23, 2020: application form.
Why do you need this course?
The sources of energy we chose and the amount of energy we use transform our planet. The energy mix we opt for as a country or the rules we have in place for our energy markets shape our futures.
If you’ve been working on energy, none of this will surprise you. You already know that civil society needs to have a say on these issues. And if you do, you should join us to find out more about the many complexities of the energy sector, how you can successfully advocate for changes and how you can keep an eye on the most important actors who have a say on these issues.
If you are among those who are concerned about our environment and climate change but might shy away from the subject of energy because it seems too technical, join us as well to get the basics you need in your work. You will better understand how the energy sector impacts the environmental work you do and how you can help shape policies for better environmental outcomes.
Who is the course for?
- Leaders, managers and other representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs), including any relevant trade unions or other sectoral associations, working on energy, climate change or environmental issues from the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine);
- Civil society activists from the Eastern Partnership countries involved in energy, climate change and environmental issues.
What will you achieve by taking this course?
- You will learn how to further strengthen your institutional capacity and sector expertise;
- You will better understand the energy sector, climate change and other relevant environmental issues from a national, regional, EU and international perspective;
- You will strengthen your skills for engaging in relevant policy dialogue, monitoring and advocating for positive changes;
- You will be able to better identify critical areas of intervention for positive policy changes in the sectors of energy and climate change;
- You will be able to share your own experience with your peers from other Eastern Partnership countries.
Our course will help you reach these goals by giving you access to:
- Engaging online modules;
- Interactive webinars with trainers and peers;
- Local expertise from the EaP countries and the EU;
- Real-life examples and case studies from the energy sector;
- Networking opportunities across the Eastern Partnership countries.
What will you learn about?
The course is divided into four different compulsory modules:
Module 0: Understand Your Role
Module 0 will provide a detailed review of the ways in which the CSOs can improve their institutional capacity, sector expertise and ability to become a viable and influential part of policy dialogue as such.
Module 1: Choose Your Instruments Wisely
Module 1 will explore the differences between consultations, advocacy and lobbying as the main instruments for championing positive changes in society, taking into account the specificities of the Eastern Partnership region. The module also contains a deep dive into the three dimensions of civic society engagement: dialogue with the government, with the private sector and with the national regulatory authorities - all including real-life examples and case studies.
Module 2: Know the Energy Sector
Module 2 offers a rich and structured overview of the main pillars of the energy sector - policy, legislation, market design and sustainability issues. Module 2 will give you the basics for moving towards a clean and sustainable energy mix centred around the rights and interests of consumers and aimed at ensuring energy security and eliminating non-transparent and manipulative practices.
Expert Webinars: Discover Real Examples from the EaP Region
Finally, Module 3 will provide a synthesis of all previous material within the framework of interactive webinars with practicing local experts from each of the Eastern Partnership countries. In addition to providing specific information on the national energy systems and situations, the webinars would allow participants to apply their newly acquired knowledge to identify the needs, opportunities and strategy for policy advocacy and dialogue within specific Eastern Partnership countries’ energy markets.
When is the course planned?
The course is planned to start on the 19th of October 2020 and will last until the 23rd of December 2020 (when final assignments will be due). The duration of the course is 10 weeks and the estimated weekly study time is around 4 hours for the core materials.
- The course will start on the 19th of October with an Introductory Webinar and the launch of Module 0: Understand Your Role.
- From the 26th of October to the 8th of November, Module 1: Choose Your Instruments Wisely will be available and participants will be expected to engage with the content.
- From the 9th of November to the 22nd of November, Module 2: Know the Energy Sector will be available and participants will be expected to engage with the content.
- Module 3 (Webinars): Discover Real Examples from the EaP Region will be organised in the form of interactive webinars with practicing local experts from each of the Eastern Partnership countries and will start on the 23rd of November and will last for 4 weeks.
- The end of the course and the deadline for submission of final assignments will be on the 23rd of December.
Please make sure that you are available for all these activities! Please note that the indicated dates may slightly change.
How can you apply?
To apply please fill in this registration form before the 23rd of September 2020. Participants will be selected based on their experience and motivation to participate in the course.
What else do you need to know?
Here are some key facts about the course:
- Format: 100% online: video lectures + webinars + practical cases + forum discussions
- Language: Online modules will be available in both Russian and English. Webinars will be provided in English with Russian interpretation, if requested by participants
- Start of the course: the 19th of October
- Duration: 10 weeks
- Number of selected participants: We aim to have on board throughout the course around 60 active participants. A slightly higher number of participants may be pre-selected in order to ensure a sufficient number of active and engaged students
- Extra benefit: real cases from EaP countries + completion certificate + opportunity to develop your own policy paper with recommendations potentially to be shared with EU and national stakeholders