Study tour of Belarusian public administration and NGO experts (External Assistance Platform) to Lithuania, 15-18 October 2014.

Study tour of Belarusian public administration and NGO experts (External Assistance Platform) to Lithuania, 15-18 October 2014.

The Study tour contributed to the team building and continuation of the exchange of views on EU related cooperation, ITA coordination topics initiated during the previous training events, but also to gaining of best experience and learning from the Lithuanian situation in the respective fields. The Study tour was organised specifically for members of the external assistance platform, which included 23 participants to form the backbone of the Inter-ministerial panel of experts.

The main outcomes of the study tour, among others were:
-    Increased knowledge and skills of the participants on the subjects, which are / will be on the agenda during the next years to contribute to capacity building at the different sectorial ministries and regional authorities and NGOs;
-    Promoted direct exchange of information between the different governmental institutions and governmental experts and NGOs and central and regional level experts plus contribution to the process of ‘training the trainers’;

The obtained Lithuanian experience has contributed to changing the overall perception and attitude in Belarus towards the ITA related activities. It also significantly increased the motivation of the participants in working on external assistance topics, which, otherwise, are often regarded as an additional burden to experts of governmental institutions.