1. Why to work internationally?
1.1 Why shall my organisation start to work more internationally?
Because the international cooperation can:
bring new impulses, new inspiration
bring new ways to become more innovative and dynamic
open new contacts, visits, exchange of experiences, inspiration - supported by funding
help to start new types of development pilot work - supported by funding
1.2 What are the benefits for me as staff member?
When you as staff are engaged in new international cooperation,
you can gain new inspiration both on a professional and personal level
you can gain new competences, you also can apply in other parts of your work
you will improve your general CV
1.3 What are the benefits for my organisation?
When your organization starts to work more internationally,
it will experince other ways of working and other forms of good practice
it will provide the leadership (boards, direction) with news insights and qualifications
it can bring new forms of extra income to the organization
1.4 What is an international development plan?
The international development plan:
Outlines why your organization wants to work more internationally
Describe the longer-term goals for the international work
Explain how these goals relate to the needs of your organisations and the context in which it operate
1.5 How can the international cooperation support the activity plans of my organisation?
The international cooperation must be planned, so the international activities support the overall 1-2 year activity plans of your organization
Give priority to international project activities that can support or at least supplement the mission and general activity plans of your organization.
Hereby you provide activities, you to some degree would have done anyhow, and now you get the effort paid by project funding.
1.6 Why join the FIRST Network?
The FIRST Network offers support and networking opportunities to its members. This network is tailored to connect civil society organisations from the European region, to exchange content and ideas and perhaps even to develop funding applications and then, in the best case, to cooperate together in an international project.
After the establishment of the network at the end of 2021, the following sustainable activities are planned, among others:
- Further training courses and advisory services
- Provision of up-to-date information on international cooperation on the FIRST Network Support Portal
- Exchange of content and mutual inspiration through communication channels
- Virtual networking meetings