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The program goal is to strengthen active civic participation on the local and national levels in Romania. To this end, the Resource Center for Public Participation will build the capacity of nongovernmental organizations and civic groups to participate effectively in decisionmaking, monitor key public institutions and advocate for greater transparency and responsiveness to citizens' voices, and promote civic participation as a key element of a functioning democracy. The grantee's mission is to support public participation in policymaking and decision making and to promote greater transparency and accountability of public institutions. During the previous grant period, the grantee built the capacity of over 30 nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and individual leaders to advocate on a wide variety of issues of public interest; facilitated nonprofit coalitions to engage in policy discussions with the government on the local and national levels; and advocated for transparency of the decisionmaking processes in the public sector. The center is based in Bucharest, Romania.
The program goal is to promote processes that strengthen public participation in the development of communities. To this end, the Foundation for Independent Radio Broadcasting will continue to develop a network of student community radio stations across Russia. Special attention will be given to fostering the increasingly local character of stations through editorial content and training for community-based curators. In addition, the grantee will work with existing university partners to secure growing institutional support to ensure the future sustainability of the network of stations. In 2012-2014, participating editorial teams submitted almost 140 stories on notable issues and people in their local communities. The reorganization of the project Web site into distinct sections for each local team helped foster both greater identity for each team and increased cross-fertilization of story ideas across the platform. The Foundation for Independent Radio Broadcasting has worked in Russia since 1999 to provide training for radio journalists and promote educational programming for Russian audiences.
The program goal is to strengthen civil society in European Union new Member States and accession countries. To this end, the Latvian Rural Forum will continue to facilitate a network of nongovernmental organizations in Western and Eastern Europe to promote multinational exchange focused on rural development. During the grant period, the grantee will promote dialogue and cooperation between different actors in rural development, facilitate multinational exchanges, and support international networking and advocacy for rural development. Past project results include developing strong national rural development networks in Eastern Europe, strengthening international cooperation, and strengthening national networks' input into European-level rural policy development. Since its establishment in 2005, the grantee has been promoting sustainable rural development policies and providing services to over 80 member organizations in Latvia.
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