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Kalos is an independent research and action association that aims to increase the impact and sustainability of EU-funded projects.
We propose experimental and innovative actions to reduce the asymmetry of power between the key actors of a EU-funded project and promote the development of critical thinking on the design and management of European projects.
By adopting a diversified, multi-actor and interdisciplinary approach, Kalos aims to achieve an increasingly true understanding of the different territories, cultures, experiences and environments in which European projects are implemented and to find solutions based on a new understanding of complex situations.
Kalos' mission is to promote the appropriation of knowledge and power by the initiators and key actors of a European project so that they can benefit from the opportunities in a democratic, fair and equitable way.
Accessing EU funding opportunities requires extensive methodological and technical knowledge, understanding and using complex tools and respecting deadlines.
During the implementation phase, when the project meets the contexts, locations and final beneficiaries, there is often a gap between what has been planned and what is actually done.
A lot of energy is wasted because diversity and differences are not recognised and respected at an early stage.
As professionals who, in their daily work in different roles and contexts, experience the design and implementation of European programmes and projects, we have identified the need to make this knowledge accessible, understandable and effectively applicable, as well as the need to preserve and reinforce the impact of the project at local level.
We wish to create, project by project, specific activities that can contribute to achieve a greater impact.
Democratic ownership and experiential learning
EU-funded research and development actions are uneven in terms of substance.
Participating beneficiaries often start from different starting points in terms of knowledge of funding opportunities, European strategies and the priorities that underpin them, the rules of the game and the skills to use the necessary tools.
Aware of this problem, Kalos promotes a more equal participation of stakeholders within a European project, stimulating the growth of more critical thinking among key actors and the capacity of beneficiaries to receive the results, understand them, modify them and become the final owners, able to use them beyond the project.
We see experience as the starting point for learning, so our research and actions begin during the implementation phase of a project: it is essential to underline the importance of including these activities in all collaborative projects where different organisations, different countries and different target groups have to work together to achieve common objectives that are often not foreseen at the beginning.
Moreover, it is only when the project is underway that we can become aware of the specific problems and opportunities and be able to develop effective responses.