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Networking an answer on a not yet asked question
NetworkingAn answer on a (not yet) asked question!


  • Merging - Network

  • Network of organisations

  • Network & Organisations

  • Client focused network

  • Project work - Network


  • Knowledge, Money, HRM

  • Process: tailor made services…

  • Output: holistic approach

Development of networks
Development of Networks

  • From ‘competition’ to partnership …

  • From person driven towards mission oriented…

  • From abstract values over concrete objectives to…

  • From board level towards first line staff

Fundamental choices
Fundamental choices

  • Support on the core business

  • Knowledge & know-how delivery

  • Economy of scale

  • Shared values

Networking an answer on a not yet asked question


  • Mission statement

  • Strategic objectives

  • Concrete aims

  • Action plan / annual report

  • Mandate

  • Protocols

Lessons learned
Lessons learned

Dimensions of Networking

  • Conceptual dimension

  • Structural dimension

  • Operational dimension

Lessons learned1


















Structural dimension

Lessons learned

No one way lessons learned
No one way: lessons learned

3 Demons

  • The carnivore plant

  • The hedgehog

  • The cane

Structural dimension
Structural dimension

  • Be there

  • Secure consensus

  • Keep rhythm and direction

  • Need is the mother of invention

  • Starting separately…

Conceptual dimension
Conceptual dimension

  • Be absent

  • Make difference explicit

  • Hop Skip Jump: exploring, elaborating, concluding

  • “United in Diversity”

  • Adopting the culture

Operational dimension
Operational dimension

  • Mandate!

  • Let figures talk

  • Words motivate, examples activate

  • Recognise and ignore territories

  • Follow the procedure

Lessons learned2
Lessons learned

  • Indirect steering and influencing

  • Flexibility … you might brake

  • Celebrate success

  • Build identity

Networking the art of managing the paradox
Networking = the art of managing the paradox

  • Loosing time = winning time

  • Lots of efforts = few results

  • The more formal … the more dependent on individuals

European networks inclusion europe
European Networks- Inclusion Europe

At European level, there are several “umbrella” (federations of associations) non governmental (NGOs) organisations that have an important role – a say

Inclusion Europe – The European Association of Persons with Disabilities & their families.

  • formally established as a non-governmental organisations in May 1988

  • committed to advancing the human rights and defending the interests of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Europe/

    Structure of the organisation

  • part of Inclusion International and counts 31 members and networks in 30 countries

  • Inclusion International was founded in 1960 and fights for human rights and social justice for people with intellectual disability and their families- close partner of the United Nations an its agencies

Inclusion europe
Inclusion Europe

Main objectives:

  • Enhance the opportunities for people with a intellectual disability and their families to live as true European citizens - right to equal opportunities and participation in economic and social development

  • Encourage collaboration & exchange of information between member societies across Europe

  • Co-operate with like-minded organisations in the fight for social justice and to improve human rights.

Inclusion europe1
Inclusion Europe


a wide range of activities in both the EU MS & Central & Eastern European countries

  • conferences

  • working groups, training sessions, and other information on relevant topics

  • compares legislation & services throughout Europe and encourages best practice to improve the lives of all people with a intellectual disability & their families

    More information available on :

European disability forum
European Disability Forum

EDF-represents the interests of 37 million disabled people

Mission: to advance disabled people’s human rights and promote equal opportunities in EU policies in accordance with the principle of non-discrimination

Networking an answer on a not yet asked question

Structure of the organisation:

  • 67 organisations working at european level

  • 23 organisations on national, regional & local level representing different impairments groups

  • 17 National Councils representing the national disability movement from each European Economic Area (EEA)

  • 32 individual members

Networking an answer on a not yet asked question

Main objectives

  • To promote disabled people’s human rights and equal opportunities

  • To combat discrimination and social exclusion in all EU policies in accordance with the principle of mainstreaming and a social model of disability

  • To increase the visibility of the 10% of the population with different types of impairment

  • To encourage the participation of disabled people’s representative organsations in civil dialogue-at all levels-in particular with EU institutions & other international org.

Disability organisations edf
Disability organisations-EDF


  • EDF campaigns for policy change & plays a key role in information exchange with European disability movement

  • Strenghtening non-discrimination legislation, in employment and other areas of Community comptence –according to the principle of meanstriming: transport,information society, social protection...

  • Equal opportunities for disabled people in employment & education...

    More information available on:

Mental health europe
Mental Health Europe


MHE-SME, as an advocacy and educational E-NGO, promotes the mental health of people in all its aspects : social, education, medical and biological

Structure of the organisation

- members are organisations and individuals from all over Europe with different kinds of mental health interests, experiences, expertise and responsibilities who form an equal partnership.

Mental health europe1
Mental Health Europe

  • The membership includes user organisations, volunteers and professional organisations working at the regional, national and European level.

  • MHE currently has about 72 member organisations in 25 European countries and 56 individual members.

Mental health europe2
Mental Health Europe

Main objectives:

  • The promotion of positive mental health;

  • The prevention of mental distress;

  • The protection of human rights ofmental health services, patients of psychiatric hospitals, their families, and carers;

  • To develop policy positions on mental healthissues in consultation with its membership;

  • To lobby and influence key decision making on European mental health issues.

Mental health europe3
Mental Health Europe


  • promotes and supports its member organisations through information and consultation

  • develops and formulates policies and strategies on mental health issues

  • initiates co-operation and communication between stakeholders in mental health

  • identifies and disseminates good practices in mental health

Mental health europe4
Mental Health Europe

  • MHE-SME provides information on EU matters in mental health

  • MHE-SME increases awareness for mental health and campaigns on important issues

  • MHE-SME organises meetings, seminars, conferences and workshops

  • MHE-SME negotiates on mental health with all relevant European bodies

    More information available at:

Thank you
Thank you


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