Applications open for 5th edition of the innovative Philanthropic Leadership Platform: China-Europe


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For the 5th edition of the Philanthropic Leadership Platform: China-Europe, 20 philanthropy professionals from China and Europe will gather from 6-13 September 2020 in Brussels to share their knowledge, experience, creativity and concerns during this intensive, peer-learning leadership development programme. The programme alternates each year between the two continents and with a new group of participants each year.

Philanthropic organisations across the globe are grappling with the same fundamental questions around impact, effecting change, and understanding their role in taking on societal challenges. The aim is for participants to enhance their leadership skills by learning from each other and to go back to their home organisations and contexts with new perspectives, tools and insights that will make them better leaders.

This year’s programme will revolve around the themes of social innovation, leadership development and bilateral cooperation between China and Europe, but will also be aligned with participants’ own interests and expertise with the platform moving from project to real platform with several new offerings, that have placed alumni at the heart of the design process. Based on the feedback collected at the end of each edition, we identified what has been most (and least) appreciated activities over the last four years and aim to focus the 5th edition on the most valuable components of the programme.

Using a peer-led format the 2020 edition will continue to reflect the motto of “little teaching, lots of learning” with participants being encouraged to make the most of peers and a wider community to co-create a true knowledge support system and foster an environment that allows participants to enhance their skills and knowledge, and investigate the social-cultural factors that affect change, as well as innovation processes and skills that are important for navigating the challenges.

The programme will last a total of 8 days: 2 days for travel and 6 days for the programme activities. Participants engage in group and plenary interaction, and active exchange with high-level experts and leaders of institutions in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The programme is built on the following specific activities:

  • Group work on specific topics
  • Plenary discussions
  • Lectures and trainings
  • Intergroup workshops
  • Excursions to other foundations and non-profit organisations
  • Site visits to local philanthropy projects

To boost the sharing experience, each participant will be paired up throughout the programme with one of their intercontinental peers.

The platform is organised  in partnership with the China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI) and funded by Stiftung Mercator.

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To learn more about the programme and how to apply, go to PLP China-Europe.

Applications close on 1 June.

For more information, contact Sevda Kilicalp, EFC Policy and Incubation Manager.


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