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From History of PREPARE Network- Gathering and Travelling Workshops in Latvia and Lithuania in 2005.

After the PREPARE Gathering in Slovakia in 2003, next big milestone for PREPARE Network was organising the PREPARE Gathering and Travelling Workshops in Latvia and Lithuania in 2005.  The name of the gathering was “A vision for the future of rural Europe”. The activities in Latvia were organised by the newly established “Latvian Rural forum” in cooperation with Daugavpils partnership. The event started on 3 October 2005 with a meeting in Riga with representatives from Ministry of Agriculture of ...
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New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Aleksandra Todorovska from North Macedonia

Aleksandra comes from North Macedonia, a small country in the Balkan Peninsula with beautiful lakes, scenic mountains and rich cultural heritage in art, architecture, poetry, and music. As a passionate fan of nature and travels, working on utilization of the natural and cultural potentials for developing the rural areas and improving the living conditions is a great pleasure for her, even though quite challenging, bearing in mind the many problems and issues faced by the rural communities. Consi...
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From History of PREPARE- PREPARE gathering, October 2003

The first full multi-national gathering of the PREPARE network was held in October 2003.   It was open to all members of the Network.  The main organiser was Jela Tvrdonova. The gathering took an unusual form, with two connected elements: (1) travelling workshops, bringing participants from their home countries to Slovakia and (2) the main gathering at Banska Stiavnica in Slovakia, from 15 to 17 October. The first part of the gathering was a series of travelling workshops, made by bus or m...
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PREPARE Network Is Promoting New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Albana Hasmeta from Albania

Albana is a youth activist, primary dedicating her time to work for the Albanian Network for Rural Development. She joined ANRD in its first months of operation. Apart from involvement in the Network, Albana has been actively engaged with youth, mainly in training and peer education, and coordinating small scale projects and initiatives. Existing knowledge and experience, as well as professional motivation toward a more solid role of rural youth in the country’s development, support activism and...
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PREPARE Network Is Promoting New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Zachary Dolomanzhy from Gagauzia (Moldova)

Zahari Dolomanji (Zachary Dolomanzhy) is a rural development activist from Moldova, who started with active engagement at the beginning of his university studies. He was a volunteer in different programmes including small projects, focused mostly on the village where he was born and where he lived for a while. The village is called Tvarditsa and is located in the south of Moldova, in Taraclia district, a Bulgarian-speaking district. As a representative of the Bulgarian minority (known as Besa...
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From Hystory of PREPARE Network- Travelling workshop to Finland on 6-9 September 2002

The PREPARE Travelling workshop to Finland on 6-9 September 2002, the third one in the series, following Estonia/Sweden in 1999 and Hungary in 2000, had a greater emphasis that these earlier workshops upon governmental approaches to rural development. Finland offers a remarkable example of determined action by government and rural people to pursue an effective nationwide programmes of rural development.  At that time (early 2000), the key elements of the Finnish system included: - the Rural P...
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PREPARE Network Is Promoting New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Marina Albu from Moldova

Marina Albu is from Moldova and for the last seven years she has been working with project management. She graduated from law department and then she spent one year at a scholarship in Poland on project management. According to her, development is not a project or an intervention but a process and there should be someone who could play the role of the “engine” and guarantee that the process at the local level goes well. That is the reason why she believes that locally-driven networks can ensu...
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PREPARE Network Is Promoting New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Leotrim Germizaj from Kosova

‘’Being acitivist of civil society and rural development sector is a great opportunity to contribute for the inclusion of the rural communities in all aspects that affect the improvement of their lives.‘’ This is a part of the story brought to us by Leotrim Gërmizaj. Leotrim is national coordinator of Network of Organizations for Rural Development of Kosovo and currently he is project representative for Kosovo of the regional project ‘’Networking and Advocacy for Green Economy’’. He had th...
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The name of the network, PREPARE has been given in Hungary in 2000

From History of PREPARE Network Story by Marta Marczis from the Hungarian Rural Parliament: Following the aim and spirit of the first travelling workshop in Estonia and Sweden, the name of the network, PREPARE, has been given by participants at the second event, held in Hungary in 2000. During these two events the freshly established network has organised travelling workshops; visited rural development projects, met with key activists and project participants, analysed lessons learned in w...
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PREPARE Network Is Promoting New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Zane Seredina from Latvia

‘’Rural activist is a person who strongly believes that what matters is people’s skills, relationships and effort, not the place on map where they are located.’’ – this is a significant message from Zane. Zane is currently working as a Project Coordinator in the NGO Latvian Rural Forum and she is qualified as a “Development Planning Engineer". Her job experience includes work in the business sector, practice in a Municipality Development Department and in a Planning Region. However, wor...
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