THE BAD NEWS:
The Free and Applied Internships on Renewables and Efficiency (FAIRE) combines English teaching with energy and NGO management issues to improve the capacity for international cooperation among activists. From 1997 to 1998, 20 people from Eastern and Central Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) took part in the program in Budapest and today the network includes more than 50 people from CEE, CIS and Western European organizations. However, the Energy Club is not going to organize this program on an international scale anymore.
THE GOOD NEWS:
We have developed a handbook (hard copy, later on the web) and are ready to disseminate these to help groups set the program up (depending on funds). So we are looking for local NGOs interested in continuing the program and we can send it to them for free. If your organization is working on renewable energy, energy efficiency and other alternatives to nuclear power, you could be the organizer of FAIRE. If you decide to organize FAIRE, you will have to manage all aspects of it, from fund raising to implementation to reporting.
For more information on the program or the materials we have developed, contact us by e-mail, fax, or postal mail at the following address:
Nathalie Francoeur, Energia Klub, PO Box 411, H-1519 Budapest, Hungary.
The deadline for information is January 15, 1999
Related article : NGOs demand that EBRD insist on democratic procedures