Brussels, 12 March 2009 - Nearly forty participants from 26 Caritas Europa (CE) member organisations met in
The workshop, graciously hosted by the Hauptvertretung Berlin of DCV (Caritas
Especially in the context of the present economic downturn, national Caritas organizations in
Participants at the meeting, representing organisations that have traditionally supported the ESF as well as organisations that receive support from the ESF, agreed however that the ESF in its present format, operated since the early nineties, is unlikely to be sustainable in the longer term and therefore will need to be phased out over the coming years, while alternative strategies and mechanisms to ensure longer term financial sustainability of national Caritas organisations are being developed and implemented.
Secretary General Marius Wanders and Andrej Waskowycz, President of Caritas Ukraine, at the Caritas Europa event in Berlin
In this context, participants of the workshop exchanged existing strategies and practices and discussed the various aspects of financial sustainability, such as access to public funds, budget management, alliances and cooperation with social and ethical banks and non-traditional funding and investment plans.
Although opportunities and challenges vary widely within the European network, the workshop provided a good basis for developing a network-level strategy for fostering member organizations’ sustainability. This strategy will be further pursued in 2009, by the ESF Committee and CE’s Commission on Internal Network (CIN).
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Internal Network Staff Officer
c/o Caritas Europa's Office in Prague
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