BCSDN strategic approach to capacity building is to strengthen the capacity and skills for advocacy and to share information on the existing civil society related policies and programmes on European and national level.

In 2012, BCSDN together with the Pontis Foundation from Slovakia, and financially supported by SlovakAid, has established a Fund aimed at supporting young researchers and CSOs to strengthen their advocacy skills and capacity to engage in influencing EU civil society related programmes. Through providing small grants to local organisations and individuals with civil society background for implementation of research and advocacy projects, BCSDN aims to strengthen civil society’s capacities for involvement in reform processes and the public debate on the accession process.

The pilot phase ran between September 2011 and October 2012 and covered 3 countries: Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro. Since 2011, two more calls were opened, one in 2013 and another in 2015, following the same scheme of support activities. With the 2013 call, 21 project proposals were selected for funding. The third Call for Proposals was announced in April 2015, this time within the scope of the IPA FPA Balkan Civil Society Acquis project, with a specific objective to contribute to the capacity building of CSOs in IPA countries in monitoring and advocating on civil society-related policies covered by the Monitoring Matrix areas or the Guidelines for EU Support to Civil Society in the Enlargement Countries, 2014-2020.

[This activity is in accordance with Priority 5 (Increase opportunities for influencing EU and National Policies and Programmes for Civil Society) from BCSDN’s Mid-term Strategy 2012-2014.]

What to expect

  • New cycle(s) of the Balkan Public Policy Fund Programme for enhancing CSOs capacities in monitoring and advocating on civil society-related policies
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