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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 workshops around 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 - KorÁŽ - 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 - KorÁŽ - 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.