Scaling up and multiplication of projects in the NGO area

Scaling up and multiplication of projects in the NGO area

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 13:00 to 17:30
Karl der Grosse Zentrum, Erkerzimmer

Kirchgasse 14,  8004,  Zürich,  Switzerland


The workshop slides are now available here.

Developing and implementing projects is a core activity for NGOs. When funding is available and the first results are encouraging, projects tend to grow, be it by scaling them up or by replication. Which strategies and models can be considered? And, to make a project fit for growing, which factors and challenges should to be considered since the beginning?

In this workshop, we will have the input of the Mava Foundation and myclimate, two organisations with broad experience in launching and supporting projects developed by partner organisations. We will focus on key aspects of growing a project and facing the different challenges that come with it: financial, manpower, know-how and – sometimes– finding suitable partners or beneficiaries. The first part will include a round of presentations and discussion with the guest speakers; in the second part, we will analyse concrete cases in a workgroup setting to highlight real challenges and best practices.

The session is thought for 10 to 20 participants, professionally involved in the area. We like to see things from different angles and based on actual experience. As such, we will look to include the input of different stakeholders (NGOs, foundations, experts, etc) and focus on an open and productive exchange.

Interested participants can submit cases, past or current, for discussion in the second part of the workshop.
Deadline for submitting cases: May 9, 2016. Mail
For registrations, please use the form below.


Time Topic Details
13:00 Opening
  • Reception of participants

Part 1: Presentations by guest speakers

  • Paulo Morais, Co-founder Sustinova:
    • Outline of workshop and general considerations on scaling-up and multiplication of projects.
  • Marko Pecarevic, Mediterranean Programme Officer at MAVA Foundation:
    • Going from the pilot stage to a «live» project: developing an approach in a collaborative manner and establishing a solid base for growth. Lessons from the conservation area from the perspective of a financing partner.
  • Franziska Heidenreich, Head of Climate Protection Projects, Member Management Committee at myClimate Foundation:
    • "Funds to grow“ – securing the cash to scale up local initiatives, start-ups and pilot projects. Chances, challenges and gaps of donations, grants, carbon finance, impact finance et al. Some insights from the project developer myclimate on matching project setups and business models with monies.
  • Q&A
15:15 Break
  • Coffee-break and Networking

Part 2: Case analysis

  • Analysis of concrete cases in smaller workgroups, with input from speakers
  • Presentation from workgroups and joint discussion


  • Final remarks and official closing
  • Informal drinks and talk at the KdG restaurant

Invited speakers

  • Marko has been part of the MAVA Foundation team  since 2011. He’s the Programme Officer for the Mediterranean Basin, in charge of the projects funded by MAVA in the Adriatic region as well as in Greece and in Turkey. A biologist by training with a master’s degree in Conservation Biology from Columbia University, his work and experience deal with the challenges in balancing conservation and development in a increasingly urbanized world.
  • MAVA is a Swiss-based philanthropic foundation with an exclusive focus on the conservation of biodiversity. It was created in 1994 by Luc Hoffman, co-founder of WWF. MAVA works through partnerships rather than implementing its own projects and focuses in building extensive conservation capacity, creating and supporting conservation institutions and influencing policy. To date, it has supported more than 700 projects, implemented by over 280 different organisations. These include international and local NGOs, research institutions, universities and occasionally government bodies or individuals.
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  • Franziska has been with myclimate for 6 years, is Member of the Management Committee and Head of Climate Protection Projects responsible for a team of 8 project managers and more than 70 projects worldwide fostering renewable energies and energy efficiency.
  • myclimate is an international initiative with Swiss roots founded in 2002, focused on climate protection through consultation, education and climate protection projects. myclimate pursues this as a science-based and business-orientated non-profit organisation. myclimate provides carbon management and compensation solutions aligned with sustainable development criteria. Their work is focused on avoidance techniques such as capacity building and teaching, reduction (including energy efficiency, renewable energy and management methods) and carbon offsetting via a portofolio of about 70 projects in 30 countries, certified by myclimate under the CDM and/or Gold Standard and run by partner organizations in situ.
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  • Paulo is one of the co-founders from Sustinova and is responsible for the development of the network and different activities. For the past 12 years, his work has covered different areas of sustainability in the academic, corporate and NGO spheres.
  • SUSTINOVA is a not-for-profit association based in Zurich, Switzerland, and devoted to promoting Sustainability in the NGO area by building solutions for the community, strengthening the networking of stakeholders and the practical application of know-how. Started in 2013, Sustinova acts partly as a "doer" and partly as a "supporter" organisation, working with project initiatiors, supporters and other stakeholders.
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General fee: CHF 150 per person*
Discount for smaller NGOs (<500k yearly turnover): CHF 100 per person*
* 2nd person: 25% off

Please register (and your colleagues) until May 23, 2016 using the form below. Later registrations are also possible.
A confirmation will be sent by email.

Attendance is open but limited to room capacity.
Participants also have the possibility to meet before and after the session at the public restaurant/bar, located in the building. Please let us know if you wish to do so.


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