Lesson series

Sustainability and Survival: Resilience for civil society organisations

 The course will help you, as a CSO or CBO working with key populations, to acquire skills and confidence for organisational resilience and a more diversified and sustainable funding model. By the end of this course, we expect you to be better equipped  the challenges of the current and future evolving funding environment.
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What's included?

  • three 3-hour live and interactive online training workshops
  •  series of expert webinars
  •  exercises to embed the learning between events
  • one-to-one mentoring support
  • certificate

Strengthen the effectiveness and resilience of your organisation

Develop a strategy and plan for sustainability and pilot specific income generation approaches

Ensure that your income generation streams and targets are aligned with organisational strategy, and respond to the current funding environment

Compare the characteristics of a range of new income sources and analyse their potential fit for your organisation

Practice facilitating creative approaches to income generation with your colleagues


Anya Sarang

Dermott McDonald

Anya and Dermott have considerable hands-on experience in fundraising and strengthening the work of civil society and community-based organizations that advocate and/or provide direct services for key populations countries of CECCA region, having worked with Open Societies Foundations, the Dutch Aids Foundation East West, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association, Russian Harm Reduction Network, and the Andrey Rylkov Foundation.

Victoria Ireland

Rachel Haynes

Victoria and Rachel bring a strong track record of designing and delivering face to face and online training with organisations such as Bond (the UK network of NGOs), regional UK CSO networks and INGOs such as ActionAid UK.

Irena Molnar

NGO "ReGeneration", Serbia
Every homework that we had we used as an opportunity to consult our team. That push up to work together was something that I think to be very useful. There is a list of tools and exercises to assess the sustainability of the organization that I believe we can use from now on.
I concluded that each organization a couple of times in a life span should go through something like this. I do believe that we need a constant assessment of where are and how do we stand. Specifically, right now when the future is uncertain. We had a covid that showed how ready we are for specific change and how the situation will affect the work of the organization itself.

Milda Arlauskaitė

NGO "Young Wave", Lithuania

I really liked the translation in ZOOM! You know, when people speak other languages you can still understand them. I also liked the part where we can do activities together, yes, online, but we can still write notes in live time.

Evgeniia Maron

Sex Workers' Forum Executive Committee, Russia
I think the most important thing I learned from the course and shared with my colleagues is that sustainability is not only how you raise money, but also how your organization works internally, and how much you use your potential. Another useful thing for me was the exchange of information. Many participants shared their achievements, problems, and, what is more, their energy.


Number of participants 

We are currently inviting expressions of interest to take up a total of twenty participant places, ideally with 2 participants per organisation and so a total of ten organisations.

About participants

The programme is open to officially registered civil society / community-based organizations working with or for key communities (PWUD, MSM, TG, SW) or people living with HIV operating in one of 29 EECA countries.
Participants must be employees of these organisations, that have been involved in one or more income generation activities of the organization.

Specific requirements

You must be able to commit 35 hours to the course during October and November, and must be able to speak and write in Russian OR English.
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