PROJECTS

In our projects, we are active in the long-term in areas important to PDCS mission and principles.

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Over the more than 20 years of activities, we in PDCS – working with our partners - have built up expertise in program areas of conflict resolution and prevention, civil society development, citizen participation, development cooperation and participation education. Those are the areas in which we run our projects.

The projects are based on the same principles which we rely on in PDCS. In implementation we emphasize sustainability and professional effective implementation. We will be glad if you decide to get actively involved and share with us your experience from these areas.

CONFLICT PREVENTION AND RESOLUTION

Consultants

Dušan Ondrušek

Trainer, consultant

 

Katarína Bajzíková

Project manager

 

Lukáš Zorád

Project manager, consultant

Conflict and its prevention and non-violent resolution are some of the key reasons for PDCS existence. Most frequently we deal with conflicts inside organizations, inside groups or between groups, as well as with problematic situations in communities. In some cases we act as the third party (mediators, facilitators or conciliators) in national or transnational conflicts..

SELECTED PROJECTS

CIVIL SOCIETY DEVELOPMENT

Consultants

Peter Guštafík

Trainer and consultant

 

Karolína Miková

Trainer and consultant

Strong civil society contributes greatly to the quality of life abroad and in Slovakia. We believe citizen engagement and interest in public affairs in representative democracy are necessary not only to serve as a check on state powers but also as essential opportunity for each individual to improve their life and their environment. The contribute to developing civil society through education, designing and facilitating public meetings, providing advisory and coaching services to both non-formal and registered groups of active citizens.

SELECTED PROJECTS

  • Active Citizens Everywhere
  • Long-term education of consultants for the nonprofit sector in Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • Self-financing of nongovernmental nonprofit organizations

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION

Consultants

Karolína Miková

Trainer and consultant


Zora Kalka Paulíniová

Trainer and consultant

We are convinced that people should have a chance to express their opinions on issues relevant to them. Public policies, legislation norms, zone plans and construction in cities – all of them have significant impact on lives of every citizen. We believe the way to prevent conflicts and achieve better quality of decisions is to engage citizens, initiatives and other stakeholders into discussion on public policies, developing strategies or planning public spaces. Therefore we offer our expertise in both formulating strategies and participatory planning at any level.

SELECTED PROJECTS

  • Young Ideas for Europe
  • PrieStory
  • European Citizens’ Consultations

DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

Consultants

Katarína Bajzíková

Project Manager


Zuza Fialová

Trainer and consultant


Dušan Ondrušek

Trainer and consultant

In PDCS we work on effective interventions in processes of development at the level of organizations, communities and larger areas. We are convinced that development cannot be "brought about". Development results from an active approach of those concerned. Therefore we have no ambition in changing living conditions of people without their involvement or knowledge. We try to make more sensitive, stimulate, and help build capacities of those who ar able to support disadvantaged people and groups directly in their natural environment so they do so effectively and in a meaningful manner. This is true for development in Slovakia and globally..

SELECTED PROJECTS

PARTICIPATORY EDUCATION

Consultants

Dušan Ondrušek

Trainer and consultant

 

Peter Guštafík

Trainer and consultant

In our approach to education we make sure they are not traditional lectures but rather participatory or interaction learning experiences, experiential learning or learning by doing. In participatory and experiential learning, as we understand it, we use simulated situations, play roles and analyze videorecordings of to learn how to discover the essential factor and principles of the subject matter. In this area we help organizations and institutions change their perspective on effective education.

SELECTED PROJECTS

  • Arts Management for People Working in Culture Departments
  • Young Leaders for Central Europe
  • Building Capacities of Teachers in Mathare Slums in Nairobi (Kenya)