You know professional development is valuable for individuals and organizations, but how do you fit skill-building into your organization’s already tight budget and work load?
Use these five strategies to start making connections and securing funding to build staff skills and increase organizational impact.
- Become an active member of a coalition group in your community to expand your networks – this may include local chapters of international groups like Rotary clubs or mainstream groups a women’s organization.
- Submit a presentation proposal to an international conference: If accepted, this is a great opportunity to network with the non-disability or international community and an incentive for your organization to support your participation in the conference.
- Find specific funding for DPO capacity building, which may come from international organizations such as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), British Council, or AusAid.
- Build connections with your government ministries and local government committees: Connect with governance bodies within your community to influence community and regional policy.
- Improve your language learning to include internationally recognized languages, such as English or Spanish, so that you qualify for more international grants, fellowships, and online networks.