Unusual Allyships for Common Good: CSO – Private Sector Cooperation


When the space around us is shrinking we must expand the horizons!

While trying to re-think our approaches for further and more effective empowerment of the civil society, we need to ensure sustainable partnerships with partners that share our realities, but at the same time can give other perspectives. Recognizing the ever greater need to get broader stakeholders on board for achieving ambitious sustainable goals, CSOs need to better engage with other actors such as the governments, donors, but also the business sector, to work towards more effective development cooperation. Building partnerships with other stakeholders beyond our usual suspects, such as the private sector or social entrepreneurs, with a common objective for promoting the civic space is a relevant, and even necessary, way forward.

By sharing experiences of successful CSO-private sector partnerships, the aim of this regional workshop is to serve as inspiration to other CSOs for initiating such partnerships that go beyond mobilization of resources and corporate giving. Together we will explore the lessons learned and good practices of collaboration for common objectives, and share examples of bringing positive changes in our communities.

To attend this event please register here:

14:00 – 14:15
Opening remarks (Anja Bosilkova-Antovska, Acting Executive Director of BCSDN)

Setting the tone (Ana Zbona, Civic Freedoms & Human Rights Defenders Programme Manager at Business & Human Rights Resource Center)

14:15 – 15: 00
Business and Human Rights: The Example of Cooperation between CSOs and the Bank Sector in North Macedonia (Nikica Kusinikova, Executive Director of NGO Konekt)
Speed Dating: Creating Bridges among CSOs and Businesses (Kostantina Keruti, Program Manager at Partners Albania)
Innovation and Change for the Common Good: Cooperation between Start-ups and CSOs (Christina Forester, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Heartbeats Innovations and Communication)
Joint Efforts for Quality Policy-Making: Understanding of Each other’s Experiences (Anamarija Velinovska, Project Manager at Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” – Skopje)
The Hope in the Entrepreneurship: REDI Recycling (Petrica Dulgheru – Executive Director of REDI NGO)
15:10 – 15:40


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