EEE-YFU is developing a new strategy for 2015-2017 and has been working to get input from Member Organisations. Representatives from 9 Member Organsations, the International Secretariat (IS), the International Advisory Council (IAC), and the Board and staff of EEE-YFU got together in February to discuss future priorities. The European Conference will feature a session where all participants can give input!
EEE-YFU’s last overall strategic plan expired at the end of 2013 and EEE-YFU needs a new strategy and direction for its future. The Board wants to involve as many stakeholders as possible in creating a new strategic plan, in order to create ownership, commitment and understanding of EEE-YFU’s future directions and priorities. The first step in the process was to gather together all kinds of documents that were already available. They were then analysed and compiled into an overall analysis report.
Then, EEE-YFU gathered together representatives from 9 member organisations, the IS, the IAC and of course all the members of the EEE-YFU Board and staff to discuss what the most important issues were that came out of this report that should be addressed through EEE-YFU’s work in the coming three years. The participants of the meeting also reviewed the EEE-YFU Charter, checking to see if the official mandate EEE-YFU has through its Charter matches the current expectations of Member Organisations.
The good news is that EEE-YFU is headed in the right direction! Participants at the meeting highlighted EEE-YFU’s strengths in institutional fundraising, motivating volunteers and giving them new tools through trainings, being close to European institutions and other partner organisations and of course they have great volunteers in their Board and staff in the office! The meeting participants reiterated that EEE-YFU should continue to work in the fields of Educational Activities and Advocacy, making specific improvements in each area, such as stronger links to international training work and stronger links to national advocacy work. They also saw a need for EEE-YFU to address other kinds of issues, depending Member Organisations’ current needs and the context of the international network.
The next step will be to bring the outcomes from the February Strategy Consultation Meeting, in the form of key strategic issues, although with additional ideas from EEE-YFU, to the European Conference for additional discussion and input. The final strategy will then be developed based as closely as possible on the input gathered and adopted through a written procedure this summer.