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The free training course “Design Thinking and Innovations for NGOs” was released on the Educational Online Platform Zrozumilo! The course will be useful for the public organizations, which are aiming to better understand the problems and react according to the needs of their target groups, ready to create and implement the innovation projects as well and find the effective approaches for completing the strategic tasks. The course was developed within the 3D Project (Development Despite Disruption: Resilient civil society in a time of COVID-19 and beyond), an EU-funded project implemented by East Europe Foundation.

What is design thinking and how can it be used in NGOs’ work? How and why should you create the decision prototype? Why is the  synergy of efforts of the NGO’s team important  in the search for  effective innovations? The answers to all those questions can be found in the online course. The lectures of the course are Svitlana Khutka, PhD in philosophy, Visiting Professor at Stanford, Fulbright fellow, and a founder of U.World Foundation; and Liliya Borovets, co-founder of the NGO “Pro.Svit”, Fulbright fellow, who studied the program on design thinking for the educators at Stanford.

“Ukrainian civil society organisations face multiple challenges every day. The situation became particularly severe during the pandemic with shifting priorities and increased uncertainty. During these last two years, the need of CSOs to address these changes and provide innovative solutions has grown substantially. Online courses, such as this one on “Design Thinking”, help CSOs to boost their creative and human-centred thinking in finding relevant solutions for their work that ultimately benefits the local communities they serve”, ‒ said Martin Schroeder, Head of Local and Human Development at the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

Design thinking is successfully being used in the commercial sector as well as in social  problems solving. This is a flexible method, based on the research of experience and problems of the target group, developing and testing the different scenarios for completing the certain task. Besides attaining the understanding of the method and how to implement the design thinking in NGOs, during the course, you can find out about the practical experience of the people, who already implement the design thinking in their organizations and have successful results.

Civic activists work with people and for people every day, so design thinking as a human-oriented approach will be definitely useful for the social sector representatives. Spreading of the best practices, access to the information about the innovation approaches, as well as the training from the best lecturers – all of these are the features about the online course “Design Thinking and Innovations for NGOs. As one of the strategic goals of East Europe Foundation is strengthening the organizational capacity of the Ukrainian public sector, we hope that this course will help CSOs to use new approaches to problem-solving”, ‒ said Victor Liakh, President of East Europe Foundation.

The educational course “Design Thinking and Innovations for NGOs” has become a part of the Educational Online Platform Zrozumilo!, developed by the East Europe Foundation. This is a free online platform for the representatives of the public sector, state and local authorities, educational sphere, students and youth, as well as for everyone, who is interested in self-development and gaining quality knowledge. After successfully passing the final test, every course student will receive a certificate about the course completion.

The 3D Project (Development Despite Disruption: Resilient civil society in a time of COVID-19 and beyond) is an EU-funded project, implemented by East Europe Foundation, supporting the empowerment of Ukrainian civil society to confront the effects of COVID-19. The project lasts from October 2020 to April 2022.

East Europe Foundation