EUKI Academy

The EUKI Academy’s activities provide complementary support for project financing serving the three EUKI goals. It boosts efforts to secure transformational change in the area of climate change mitigation in target countries by means of measures to support the implementation of specific projects. The EUKI Academy disseminates specialist knowledge, organises exchange formats and enhances the methodological skills of society actors. In the short term, it therefore boosts the effectiveness of project implementation and improves administrative implementation. In the long term, it equips implementing organisations to acquire third-party funding, in particular from the European Union (EU), independently and on an ongoing basis. Below, you will find information on what the EUKI Academy offers.

1st pillar: Knowledge dissemination

Many of EUKI’s implementing and partner organisations are using projects financed by EUKI to build up wide-ranging and valuable experience of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Academy’s aim is to make this experience available for mutual exchange and learning and to transfer it to other regions and contexts. The EUKI Secretariat therefore offers accessible and user-friendly provision oriented to the EUKI community – the climate community across Europe and around the world – and a wider audience of interested members of the public.

Webinars

Specialist expertise on specific climate change mitigation topics is delivered in the form of webinars and made available to the EUKI Community. The EUKI Community comprises current and former EUKI implementing organisations and their partner organisations. In selecting issues, the Secretariat is guided by the needs of the implementing organisations and draws primarily on experts from their ranks.

EUKI website

The website enables EUKI to share project knowledge and experience with a wide community. Brief factsheets explain the innovative approaches taken by EUKI projects. EUKI makes all publications and videos created as part of projects available in its Infotheque, creating a platform for sharing knowledge and best practice. EUKI also provides information in News articles on selected progress reports and milestones in the projects it finances. Projects are also able to share experiences and results on the EUKI Community platform. All information can be filtered by topic and by country, enabling users to access exactly what they are looking for.

Social media

For electronic networking, EUKI uses the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. This gives EUKI projects the opportunity to provide the global community with regular updates on their activities.

2nd pillar: Skills development

Our skills development area includes a range of provision for strategic HR development of experts and managers in implementing organisations. The focus is on developing cross-sectoral methodological expertise and – in the case of individuals – on in-service training to enhance competencies in the areas of project development and implementation.

Methodological training

Face-to-face training events or online courses over several days promote professionalisation primarily in the following areas:

Project management
Public relations work
Legal and commercial skills
Third-party funding

Specialist training courses

In-service training courses can also be provided in individual cases on selected thematic areas or in relation to other third-party funding programmes. Synergies with external expert training formats, such as for renewable energy or Efficiency Week, are already being used, and representatives of selected implementing organisations have been invited.

Guides and handbooks

This provision includes the development and regular updates of in-depth guides and other handbooks. This includes, for example:

Legal and commercial information
A guide to financial reporting
A handbook on project planning and monitoring
Project development tools
Tutorials, especially on recurring legal and commercial aspects and public relations work

3rd pillar: Organisational development

As a further component to strengthen implementing organisations, the EUKI Academy is currently developing provision on organisational development. Advisory provision in relation to strategy and process issues is also available for implementing organisations and is tailored to individual requirements.

Strategic advice

In an increasingly dynamic environment (including, for example, changing political frameworks but also NGOs going through phases of growth as a result of new projects), organisations are constantly facing new challenges. These challenges may involve long-term financing, management and leadership, positioning, or strategic alliances. By mobilising external expertise, EUKI is able to respond to requests and provide advisory services on organisational development and strengthening resilience for a limited number of projects.

Process advice

National and international funding providers are making increasing demands of project management, including transparent and well documented tendering procedures and professional financial and results monitoring. Such demands present challenges for NGOs, especially smaller ones. To strengthen these processes, EUKI therefore conducts simulations of upcoming external audits as part of pre-audits  and advises on developing appropriate financial management structures and processes.

4th pillar: Networking

EUKI places particular emphasis on networking and other exchange-based formats that contribute above all to informal learning within the target group. Specifically, this includes creating spaces for sharing good practice, success and failure factors and experiences, providing information, and giving impetus to a process of developing knowledge and skills that is managed by the implementing organisations themselves. EUKI also promotes networking with the objective of collaboration on further project work, such as on EU-financed projects.

Provision of electronic networking tools

As a pioneering consequence of the coronavirus crisis, and to support simple, low-emission exchange and sharing, EUKI relies increasingly on electronic networking through the ‘Community’ section of its website. This platform gives projects an opportunity to share experiences and results.

Networking conference

The EUKI Secretariat organises an annual conference in Berlin. The conference brings together current and completed EUKI projects and selected external guests and is EUKI’s central informal learning tool. The EUKI Secretariat plans the individual learning and exchange formats used at the networking conference; some are also designed and organised by the EUKI Community.

Decentralised networking

Tried and tested exchange formats are organised at national and, where appropriate, regional level between specialist, legal and commercial staff and/or communications experts.

The following approaches are adopted:

Specialist exchange

The objective is to establish specialist exchange in the long term, the mutual use and development of specific approaches to results and projects, and further joint project planning based on synergies.

National networking

In this format, EUKI plans the networking of implementing organisations in focus countries with a significant EUKI portfolio. This includes the political level to improve the coordination of activities between individual implementing organisations at country level, identification of synergies and potential for cooperation, and planning of future activities.

Networking of legal and commercial staff and communications experts

The aim is to involve legal and commercial staff and communications experts in sharing good practice in the commercial management of projects, the use of IT tools, the exchange of experience of strategic communications, and similar areas.

Alumni work

The objective of an EUKI alumni network is to promote contact between alumni themselves and between alumni and the EUKI Secretariat, and to facilitate contact with current projects, enabling synergies to be created and knowledge and experience to be shared.