NGO Leadership Workshops

Participants at a NGO Leadership Workshop session

Our programs are:

Participants work together, forming strong professional networks
Consider the local environment, including opportunities and constraints
Empower learners to put tools and frameworks into practice


Since 2015, WDI has partnered with the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia (WCEE) at the University of Michigan to provide NGO Leadership Workshops to non-profit leaders from across Central and Southeastern Europe. Together, we now offer two NGO Leadership Workshops per year making the world more civically engaged and peaceful.

Covering marketing, strategic planning, resource mobilization, and management, these workshops are designed to help NGOs run more effectively and sustainably. Workshops empower NGO leaders to strengthen their internal expertise, managerial and income-generating capacities, improve their ability to engage with both general public and government stakeholders, and to develop international networks. The spring workshop takes place in Warsaw, Poland with the support of local partner, FED (Education for Democracy Foundation), while the fall workshop is in Bratislava, Slovakia with the support of local partner, Ambrela (the Platform of Development Organizations). Click here to download a PDF of the latest NGO Workshop’s Final Report.

Those interested in attending either workshop are required to submit applications. Selected applicants will attend tuition-free, lodging will be provided and transportation costs reimbursed.

Testimonials From Past NGO Leadership Workshop Participants

“A great opportunity for NGO practitioners to come together and discuss their most pressing management and leadership challenges. The workshop opens up new possibilities to think differently about crisis and change.”
“The workshop is an excellent opportunity to deepen your managerial skills and network with people from many other countries.”
“You get a lot of new ideas that you can process after the workshop and that can help your NGO a lot.”

Spring NGO Leadership Workshop

POSTPONED: New Dates August 31-September 4

Warsaw, Poland


Held in partnership with the U-M Weiser Center and Warsaw-based FED, this workshop is open to NGO leaders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Leaders from NGOs working in the following areas are preferred: Human rights, minority and marginalized groups, environment and natural resources, and the development of civil society.


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Participants at the NGO Leadership workshop

Fall NGO Leadership Workshop

October 19–23, 2020

Bratislava, Slovakia


Held in partnership with the U-M Weiser Center and Ambrela, this workshop is open to NGO leaders from the Vysegrad (V4) countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Sessions are targeted toward leaders of organisations helping to advance democracy and democracy-related human rights directly in V4 countries. The workshop also focuses on development cooperation and democracy-building abroad and at home.


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