Member Exchange and Travel Fund (METF)

1. Purpose of the APCMETF

The APC Member Exchange and Travel Fund (APCMETF) aims to support member driven skills-sharing, internships, and planning for collaboration among APC members, as well as members’ travel and participation to events organised by others.

Online collaboration can be very powerful, but it has limitations. Over the last decade, the APC network has grown significantly in size and geographic reach. And while this increases opportunities for working together, it makes effectively facilitating collaboration and exchange more challenging. The APCMETF supports APC member and staff travel and face-to-face meetings, when effective collaboration requires it. Its goal is to make it possible for members to:

a) visit each other for activities such as:

  • skill sharing or training;
  • emergency technical assistance;
  • problem solving;
  • technical development;
  • project planning and development;
  • strategic planning; and
  • service and product development.

b) attend events organised by others (e.g. conferences and workshops) where members’ participation to such event contribute to strengthening and/or diversifying the APC network and contribute to APC’s 2013-2016 strategic action plan.

2. What does the APCMETF support?

The fund covers only long-distance travel (train or air fares, fuel if people use their own vehicles, spare tires if they use bicycles or scooters). Daily subsistence (meals and accommodation), member staff time, rental of office spaces, airport transfers, visa fees, and all other onsite costs are not covered.

2.1 Outcomes of collaboration supported by APCMETF

2.1.1 Member Exchanges

Members involved in a member exchange who receive support from APCMETF document the process using a pre-designed template, and they also post a blog post about the event on APC blog.

All outputs of the learning and exchange are shared with the rest of the network. Such outputs include stories, training materials, documentation and lessons learned from project collaboration, etc. APC members are also encouraged to share their experience using various thematic APC mailing lists or the APC blog. That way the APC network can not only benefit from the member exchange, but also potentially contribute to projects you are working on with your host organisation.

2.1.1 Travel to Events

When using METF funding for travel to events, the members are asked to fill out a simple report that highlights the key learnings taken from the event, opportunities and possible partnerships that APC members should keep an eye on. They are also asked to write a blog entry on attended event. The blog post is published on APC Blog.

3. Who is eligible for APCMETF support?

The APCMETF fund is available only to APC member organisations.

More information on APCMETF: write to or directly to MEF coordinator Karel Novotný at karel-at-apc-dot-org.

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