IPA 2011 Training “Monitoring of policies related to good governance and anti-discrimination”

Center for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights – Osijek, in partnership with the Informative Legal Centre from Slavonski Brod, the Serbian Democratic Forum, and  project partners from Netherlands PAX  and The Hague Academy for Local Governance, organize training “Monitoring of policies relating to good governance and anti-discrimination” as integral part of 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”.

Training will be held in Zagreb, from 25th till 29th of May in Hotel Panorama, and presence confirmed representative of civil society organization and representative of local government and public institutions from cities of Osijek, Beli Manastir, Slavonski Brod, Nova Gradiška, Pakrac and Lipik.

On Monday 25th of May Councillor of Ombudswomen, Mrs. Silvija Trgovec Greif will greet the representatives and hold introductory about institutional and legal framework on anti-discrimination in Republic of Croatia.

Training will be conducted by international project partners from Netherlands by PAX and The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

The purpose of the training is to strengthen the capacities of local civil society organizations established to promote, exercise and protect the rights and interests of vulnerable groups and human rights (minorities, Roma, sex, gender, disabled persons, youth) for monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the policy related to the good governance and anti-discrimination and strengthen cross-cutting partnership through the establishment of local expert groups-platform of civil society organisations, local authorities and public institutions for the purpose of strengthening the implementation of the principles of good governance and anti-discrimination at the local level.

Through interactive presentations and group sessions the following content will be elaborated:

• The institutional and legislative framework of the anti-discrimination in Croatia;
• International standards of good governance and anti-discrimination;
• The importance of monitoring in combating discrimination and promoting good governance;
• Methods of monitoring, indicators and monitoring form;
• The establishment of a cross-sectoral, local, professional platform, the roles and responsibilities

Training is preceded by information about the project and an invitation to participate in which 22 civil society organizations from six cities and 14 representatives of the local administration and public institutions linked with the target groups applied. During March and April we held motivational meetings, on which we spoke of the next planned project activities, discussed potential local policies/strategies/action plans that will be the subject of future monitoring and local expert teams/platform (which will be set up during training).