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"European Offices and Funding: Options for US NGOs"

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InterAction

1400 16th Street Northwest

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Washington, DC 20036

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Update: As much as is possible (given yesterday's unprecedented vote to leave the EU), this workshop will include insights, projections and research about the possible impact of the referendum results on international development funding, policy and organisations.

Are you and your organisation considering diversifying your funding to include European donors (DFID, EU, GIZ, SIDA, SDC, GIF…)? Have you been wrestling with accessing tied versus untied foreign aid? Has your Executive, Director of Fundraising or Board considered opening a European office? If so, this workshop is for you. Over the course of two hours, we'll cover:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of a European presence/office;
  • The largest European donors, their priorities and opportunities to access them;
  • A city-by-city tour of international development hubs in Europe;
  • An overview of European networks and ‘multipliers’ for NGOs in development;
  • A case study of practical options in the UK/London; including:
    • Formal and informal routes to the DFID and EU donor markets;
    • Legal incorporation options (from for-profit, to social enterprise, to charity);
    • Operational options for representation (from part-time consultant to four-person office); and
    • Business development strategies and ‘lessons-learned’ from other NGOs.

plus advice for Chief Executives, Directors of Fundraising and Board Members on the realities of business development in Europe, risk management (legal, brand and intellectual property), and illustrative timetables, costs, returns, and levels of effort to be expected from a EU office and its staff.

While every NGO will need a unique market analysis and to consider what options would best meet its needs and deliver its Mission more effectively, this workshop will cover much of the common, baseline information and options to inform initial (or advanced) discussions about the option of a European presence.

This event is open to non-Members of Interaction as well.

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This meeting will be hosted at InterAction. InterAction is an alliance organization in Washington, D.C. of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). With 180-plus members working around the world, its members are committed to working with the world's poor and vulnerable to make the world a more peaceful, just and prosperous place – together.

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Alexander Knapp is the Chief Executive of the AKCGlobal Group, a non-profit consulting firm with offices in London and Washington DC. A veteran of 20 years of international development, including 12 years of peacekeeping and humanitarian aid with the UN and large international NGOs, he has been responsible for opening London-based offices for both IFES and World Learning to access European funding, partners, consultants and networks. He and his team also regularly advise US-based NGOs on funding diversification, options for setting up subsidiaries, and using European resources to extend reach and deepen impact.


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