Center for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights – Osijek, in partnership with the Informative Legal Centre from Slavonski Brod, the Serbian Democratic Forum, PAX from Utrecht (the Netherlands) and The Hague Academy for Local Governance (the Netherlands), from 30st of December 2014 implement a two-year project “Civil Society for Accountable Governance”, funded by the European Union – under the IPA 2011 Programme “Reinforcing Support of CSOs in Enhancing Transparency and Good Governance in Croatian Public Administration”.
Objectives of the project are:
- to strengthen the capacities of local civil society organizations for the monitoring, analysis and reporting on the implementation of the policies related to the good governance and anti-discrimination,
- strengthen cross-sector partnership through the establishment of local expert groups-platforms of civil society organisations, local government and public institutions in order to improve implementation of good governance and anti-discrimination on the local level and
- to foster structured dialogue between civil society organizations, local government and public institutions, government bodies and experts from the EU, with the support of the creation and promotion of new mechanisms for the monitoring of policies in the field of good governance and anti-discrimination.
Beneficiaries of the project are local civil society organizations established to promote, exercise and protect the rights and interests of vulnerable groups (minorities, the Roma, sex/gender, disabled persons, youth) or work in the field of human rights, representatives of the local government and public institutions in whose jurisdiction are the implementation of these policies. Beneficiaries are also Local Councils of National Minorities, the Government’s Office For Human Rights, the Ombudsman and the other Ombudsmen, citizens and the general public.
The project is implemented on the territory of the Republic of Croatia, in six cities in the Osijek-baranja, Brod-posavina, Požega-slavonia County : Osijek, Beli Manastir, Slavonski Brod, Nova Gradiska, Pakrac and Lipik.
Project activities are to strengthen the capacities of local civil society organizations and local governments and public institutions through training and follow-up with the experts from the Netherlands and the development of cooperation between them, maintaining regular motivational meetings with civil society organisations and local expert teams, monitoring good governance and anti-discrimination, drafting local reports and Final Analysis/publication and organization of the Regional Forum at the final stage of project implementation.
One of the key activities that we plan to implement at the end of the May 2015 is five-day interactive and participatory training implemented by trainers from the Netherlands. Topics of the training will be: the successes/shortcomings in the present monitoring and advocating for the change of policy; methods of monitoring and indicators; data analysis and interpretation; formatting the findings and recommendations; the final report and communication.
Training will be divided into two parts, separated workshops for 3 days with the local government and public institutions on the one side and the OCDs on other side, and the common workshop with all participants for a period of 2 days. Simultaneous translation will be organized.
Training with the local government and public institutions will lead The Hague Academy for Local Government on the subject of good governance, transparency, integration, accountability and participation. What principles we talk, how to implement them, which are examples of good practice?
Training with OCDs will be guided by trainers from PAX on the subject of models of civic participation, taking into account, particular vulnerable groups (minorities, Roma, sex, gender, disabled persons, young people) from the three counties in the Republic of Croatia, and the monitoring of the implementation of the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination, including the definition of the mechanism (models) of the successful monitoring of policies related with good governance and anti-discrimination.
On the joint training, the participants will get the answers to some of the questions such as: what is good governance and anti-discrimination, why do we have to follow up the implementation, in what way will the two groups cooperate and why should they cooperate?
All participants will receive a training practical Manual which will be of use for future advocacy activities.
In the second year of the project implementation, we will organise follow-up training, a kind of a continuation of the training that will include all the participants/ice. The purpose of this training is to support cross-sector partnership: check out how the local expert groups-platform work, is there any difficulties and obstacles, how to overcome them and to provide extra support and motivation to target groups for further independent action.
How many times have you heard of “good governance”? Do you know which are the principles of good governance and who is obliged to implement them? Can you as citizens contribute? Can the implementation of policies relating to vulnerable groups in which interests and the protection you founded organization change or improve? How to do it? Are the local governments ready for cross-sector cooperation and are they open to civic participation? Why is it important the interested groups of citizens participate?
In order to get the replies to these and other interesting questions we invite you to engage in the training, and with the support of experts from the EU establish cross-sector cooperation through the establishment of local expert groups-platforms in targeted cities, develop models of monitoring the policy related to the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination, develop action plans for the successful implementation of the measures and policies, and in this way, we advocate for the establishment and/or promotion measures and policies and contribute to better position of targeted vulnerable groups in local communities.
In order to get the answers to these and other interesting questions we invite you to engage in training, and with the support of experts from the EU establish cross-sectoral cooperation through the establishment of local platforms in targeted cities, develop models of monitoring the policy associated with the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination, develop action plans for the successful implementation of the measures and policies, and in this way, we advocate for the establishment and/or promotion measures and policies and contribute to better position the targeted vulnerable groups in local communities.
Please no later than 2nd of March 2015 fill out the Survey/Questionnaire: Anketni upitnik_IPA 2011_20-2-2015 and forward it to the below email addresses in order to make the selection of the participants because the number is limited.
Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights – Osijek, Augusta Senoe 1, Osijek
phone/fax: + 385 031 206-887, www.centar-za-mir.hr.
Contact person: Ljiljana Bozic- Krstanovic, Project Manager,
E-mail : email@example.com
Contact person: Miren Spek, Project coordinator for Osijek-baranja county
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org