As the pandemic heightened the crisis of democracy in the Balkans, and the effects of the Ukraine war are yet to be seen in the region, it is evident that our societies face a turning point for their democratic development. The role of the civil society in driving positive change is now important more than ever, but in order to maintain and strengthen its role in our region, civil society has to find new ways of working and responding to the numerous challenges amplified by the economic and social recession.
By now, we are all aware that cracking civic space is a trend, and populists use the same methods around the globe, but our role is to demonstrate that civic space cannot be closed if we open up to new models, methods, partnerships so that no voice is left behind. We must defend the civic space by mobilizing citizens support and civic engagement, and investing in partnerships and coalitions with stakeholders other than the usual for achieving common goals. While aware of the challenges, we move forward in connecting, testing, and exploring new opportunities.
The regional workshop aims to show the state of affairs in the Western Balkans, the good and bad examples of where we are in terms of civic space, but also discuss wider, global trends, challenges, and opportunities. The event aims to bring together various stakeholders including CSOs and CSO networks, donors, international organizations, civic activists, journalists and other actors to discuss innovative and responsive advocacy approaches for increasing the role of civil society at national, regional and EU level in dealing with the challenges brought about by the recent crises.
Due to the limited capacities and the ongoing safety precautions, the organizer is limiting the number of in-person participants at the event.
All interested parties can connect online and follow the event by registering on of the following links:
Link for registration for day 1:
Link for registration for day 2: