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The program goals are to involve more people in Bosnia and Herzegovina in decision-making processes and to support the development of the nonprofit sector as an effective vehicle for civic participation. The Civil Society Promotion Center will work toward these goals by playing an active leadership role in the nonprofit sector and carrying out a range of activities at the national and local levels. These activities include (1) facilitating nonprofit sector networking, (2) supporting civic engagement taking place outside traditional nonprofit structures, (3) advocating for an improved legal and fiscal environment for nonprofits and increased cross-sector cooperation, (4) improving the accountability and transparency of the nonprofit sector, and (5) providing capacity-building tools and resources to nonprofits and civic groups. The center will also focus on its own organizational and financial sustainability by assessing and developing staff capacities and diversifying funding sources. During the past two years, the center has provided small grants for community-level civic initiatives, introduced a system of quality assessment for nonprofits, strengthened cross-sector partnerships, provided information and technical assistance via its Website, and promoted corporate social responsibility. The center is based in Sarajevo.
The program goal is to empower Romanian citizens and communities to exercise their rights and responsibilities. To this end, the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux in Romania will improve its information and advice services to members and nonmembers, develop new services related to community development, raise the profile of citizen counseling, and advocate for improvements in government policies regarding access to information on citizens’ rights in Romania. In addition, the association will increase its organizational capacity, strengthen its financial sustainability, and improve its visibility vis-à-vis public institutions and the general public. Based in Bucharest, Romania, the association was established in 2002 and currently has 37 members. In the past two years the association provided capacity-building programs to its members, strengthened its communication and fundraising strategies, and explored possibilities to establish citizen advice bureaus in the Western Balkans.
The project goal is to improve the quality and effectiveness of policy development and implementation in Bosnia-Herzegovina. To this end, the Centre for Socio-Economic Studies “Populari,” a think tank established in late 2007, promotes informed debate on social, economic, and political developments through a variety of activities, research, and analytical reports. During the grant period, the center will carry out field-based studies and assessments and stimulate discussion of policy issues through seminars, public presentations, and bilateral meetings. The center will focus on monitoring and promoting European Union integration and accession; the effectiveness of state and local governance; and innovative, local-level social enterprise initiatives. In 2012–2014, the center conducted field-based research on how to meet the conditions for the country’s successful accession to the European Union, governance failures that impact the delivery of essential public services, relatively minor reforms that could yield significant economic benefit, and the status of philanthropy in Bosnia. The center is based in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
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