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PREPARE Gathering 2016 in Albania


In the beginning of September PREPARE partnership organized its traditional PREPARE Gathering in Albania. After introductory one-day travelling workshopsaround all country, participants gathered in Voskopoje, historical village near Korce. 

More than 80 participants from 20 countries took part in different workshops and plenary conference, discussing the issues of partnership building and networking.

Wednesday, 14 September – Travelling Workshops
Group 1: Consortium "Pro Permet" and Slow food Convivium in Permet District supports the development of the territory by promoting typical agro-food products and crafts, reception and accommodation facilities and preservation of the environment.
Permet - Petran - Kelcyre - Leskovik Erseke - Voskopoje

Group 2: A community-based agro-tourism cluster in the Belsh Municipality - as a way to ensure economic advancement and better self-employment opportunities for women
 Tirana - Belsh - Elbasan - Pogradec - Korçë - Voskopoje

Group 3: "Discover the bottom" of what you love Opportunity to get in contact with local producers and assist the production process
Voskopoje - Plase - Mollaj - Korçë - Voskopoje

Group 4: "Made by hands" 
Route: Voskopoje - Shtylle - Vithkuq - Voskopoje

Thursday, 15 September – Thematic exchange in plenary sessions and working groups
First Plenary session: Strengthening the capacity of CSOs and CSO Networks to participate actively in policy planning and implementation, to build a strong civil society in rural areas, and to enhance regional development through networking and cooperation.

Second Plenary session: 
“Building the partnership of CSOs and CSO Networks with public institutions, and their involvement in decision-making and governance processes, for the well-being of rural communities.”

Friday, 16 September – Completion of the thematic exchange + final plenary session
Third Plenary Session

Final Plenary Session


Photos from the Gathering are available in the PREPARE's Gallery area.

PREPARE Gathering 2016 was supported by Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and by the European Commission through the project ALTER.

PREPARE Gathering 2018 in Kosovo

Fruitful exchange with the farmers from the pictures field trips warmed up the participants from 13 countries, all members of the European PREPARE Network. On the second day Minister of the Agriculture from Kosovo mr. Nenad Rikalo opened the conference together with Goran Šoster, president of PREPARE, Dragan Roganović, coordinator of the ALTER project and with Afrim Sharku, president of the host NORK. The leading theme of the gathering was “Strengthening capacities of civil society organisations and building partnerships with governments”. After the conference, participants worked two days in the four working groups and conclude the gathering with reports, conclusions and recommendations. All participants were amazed by the great hospitality and efficient organizing team from NORDK, umbrella rural NGO from Kosovo. NORDK was accepted as the newest, 20. member organisation in the PREPARE network. 


See the atmosphere from the PREPARE Gathering here:

PREPARE Gathering 2014

Finland and Estonia, 5-9 September 2014
30 participants from 23 countries participated at the series of events within the PREPARE Gathering 2014, held in Finland and in Estonia. Travelling workshops around Helsinki and Tallin were good inspiration for participants and several good practices, visited during the travel seem to be relevant for implementation in other parts of the Europe. Central event of the Gathering was the conference, devoted to the process of preparation for the next European Rural Parliament. Creative participants contributed significantly to that process and most of them expressed their enthusiasm about the raising the rural voice through national and European rural parliaments.

Available material:

Working Groups (WG) on the opportunities and challenges faced by the national networks in preparing for European Rural Parliament (ERP) 2015
Notes on Group 2: Processes which may be used in the national campaigns
Notes on Group 3: Financial Aspects of the 2nd European Rural Parliament

PREPARE Gathering 2013

4th - 7th September 2013 in Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Networking for Sustainable Rural Development
PREPARE international gatherings are the main annual event of the Pan-European PREPARE network, organized each year in different country and region. In September 2013 more than 100 participants from about 20 European countries gathered in Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Available material:

“Community Spirit Wins” - an introduction to PREPARE’s new book - prof. Michael Dower
Networking priciples
- Goran Šoster, PREPARE Coordinator and Mark Redman, ENRD Contact point
Notional Structure of a National Rural Development Network - prof. Michael Dower
NRN Joint Action: “Demonstrating the Added Value of Networking” - Mark Redman, ENRD Contact point
Preparations for IPA II - State of play
- Iwona Lisztwan, European Commission, Directorate General Agriculture and Rural development
My experience in rural networking - Ukraine - Rostyslav Kos
Pregled stanja poljoprivrede i ruralnog razvoja u Crnoj Gori i umrežavanje lokalnih NVO
- Ratko Bataković – Mreža za ruralni razvoj Crne Gore
Ruralni razvoj u Crnoj Gori – institucije i ostali akteri, njihovi kapaciteti, aktivnosti, umrežavanje... - Ratko Bataković – Mreža za ruralni razvoj Crne Gore
Hüsnü M. Özyeğin Foundation Rural Development Program
Home made cheese project - Mohamed al Younis

TWG 2: Networking on the European level
TWG 3: Networking across ethnicities
TWG 4: Public – private partnerships



28. June - 2. July 2011 in Zlatibor, Serbia

PREPARE international gatherings are the main annual event of the Pan-European PREPARE network, organized each year in different country and region. In 2011 more than 150 participants from about 20 European countries gathered in Zlatibor, Republic of Serbia.

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To see photos from the event please visit the Gallery.