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Report on Activities 2018

BOARD

Meetings. In 2018 the Board met in Berlin for its annual meeting on 2 June. The budget meeting was held in Amsterdam on 1 December.

Composition of the Board and the Advisory Board. In 2018 spring meeting board member Jörg Henle indicated not to stand for re-election. The successor to Jörg Henle is Stefan Henle, until that time chairman of the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board elected Alexander Amos to be its new chairman. Moreover, Secretary General Jaap Fieret resigned on December 1 as he has reached pensionable age. He has been succeeded by Geraldine Leegwater as per that date.

Strategy. In December 2012 the Board adopted a strategy plan for the period 2013-2016 which was most recently updated in March 2016. Further updates to the strategy have been postponed as the outcome of a more fundamental discussion on the long term strategy will be presented mid 2019. The results will be shared with the founding families of the Foundation in a meeting to be held in September 2019.

Website (www.horizonfoundation.nl). The content of the website is regularly updated. Reports received on projects completed and various documents governing the activities and organization of the Foundation are available to Board and Advisory Board members in a password protected section of the website.

FIELD TRIPS.

Horizon has assigned all projects to individual Board Members who serve as their personal sponsor and as principal point of contact. The Office is responsible for contacts with beneficiaries regarding operational matters.

Romania. The projects in Transylvania were visited twice. The program of these journeys included meetings with the staff of the Mihai Eminescu Trust and the villagers, the inspection of projects in progress and discussions on reporting requirements. Horizon is regularly requested to support initiatives that may help this beneficiary to strengthen internal teambuilding or may be beneficial to the further development of its medium/long term strategy including the setting of priorities and the design of a long term funding plan. After the appointment of some new board members, the MET Romania board is now fully composed of Romanians. Consistent with its new medium term strategy MET Romania puts emphasis on projects aiming to strenghten the social and economic cohesion within the rural region it is operating in.
Bulgaria. A visit was made to Sofia for discussions with archaeologists Daniela Agre and the coordinator of the Juskeseliev photo album project to discuss their current activities and plans for next year. The Secretary visited the archaeological excavation sites in Brodilovo and Knyazhevo and was impressed by the results achieved, but doubts that the projects will be finalized by by 2020 as expected by the archaeologists.
Switzerland/Latin America. The traditional semi-annual meetings of the management of Traditions pour Demain with the Horizon sponsor and the Secretary General were held in Rolle (CH) in April and October. The discussions mainly focussed on progress of projects supported by Horizon. The Secretary and Sponsor were both impressed by the possitive (international) publicity the organization is able to attract (tv appearances, exhibitions, dignitary visits etc.). Although the organization appears to be more stable than ever, Traditions pour Demain itself does not expect their organization to exist in its current form within a 10-years timeframe and is putting effort in finding a qualified partner that might be interested in taking over the field projects.
Georgia. In spring the Secretary and Stefan Henle, who took over the sponsorship from Jörg Henle, visited the Caucasian House to meet the NGO’s new Executive Director. The NGO renewed its Charter, reviewed its organizational structure and held elections for its board. The Sponsor and Secretary have confidence in the newly appointed executive director and believe the new top structure of the Caucasian House is sufficiently stable & qualified to meet its future challenges.

PROJECTS.

In 2018 the Board approved 29 applications for new projects up to an aggregate amount of € 661.420. The far greater majority of the applications (24) were submitted by existing beneficiaries in Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania and Latin America to finance an extension of an existing project or a new activity. The support to the workshops at the Internationales Jugend- und Kulturzentrum in Duisburg (Germany) was extended with another year. The support given to the Advisory Board sponsored projects ‘Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival in Zagreb’, Croatia, ‘Growing Strong’ in Windhoek, Namibia, and to ‘Auf den Spuren der Deutschen in Siberien’ in Berlin was extended by another year. New Advisory Board sponsored applications concern requests from the Kronberg Academy and the Youth Opera in Namibia.

The allocation of the 29 projects to the various geographical areas is as follows:

Georgia (6) € 130.210 ( 21%)
Bulgaria (2) € 65.120 ( 10%)
Romania (6) € 183.120 ( 29%)
Latin America (10) € 106.370 ( 17%)
Croatia (1) € 7.600 ( 1%)
Germany (3)
€ 136.000 ( 21%)
Namibia (2)
€ 33.000 ( 5%)
Total: € 661.420 (104%)
Correction previous years
€ 24.656- ( -4%)
Total: € 636.764 (100%)

Incidentally regular Horizon beneficiaries receive some additional support to fund some smaller, one-off activities. The amount involved in 2018 was € 15.500. In addition two one-offf Dutch initiatives were sponsored for a total amount of € 6.250. Furthermore, smaller donations were made to seven other organizations up to an aggregate amount of € 19.000. These payments include the traditional ‘petty gifts’, a small donation to a project of choice made at the instigation of individual (Advisory) Board Members.