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Tirana Connectivity Forum

Our very own program manager, Dajana Cvjetković was one of the speakers yesterday during the second day of Tirana Connectivity Forum whose aim is to create a critical mass of knowledge on the means, resources, mechanisms, and impact that Connectivity has on growth, development, reforms, regional cooperation. The forum was held from 26th until 28th September in Tirana, Albania.
During an open discussion focused on the role of CSOs in the Common Regional Market, Dajana emphasized the importance of strengthening capacities and staying within the field of a particular mission when it comes to satisfying the needs of targeted groups through our programs. She also said that Smart Balkans Project as such values partnership between civil society organizations and supports local ownership and integrity.
Regional cooperation as one of the main pillars of Smart Balkans Project is extremely important for the development and role of civil society organizations in the countries of Western Balkans.
For more information on Tirana Connectivity Forum, visit their website: TCF 2022 – Tirana Connectivity Forum
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Meeting at the Government of North Macedonia

Within the frames of the project SMART Balkans, we are strengthening the cooperation between civil society organizations and the government in creating participatory and effective anti-corruption policies.

In that regard, the SMART Balkans team had a work meeting with Slavica Grkovska, Deputy Prime Minister for Good Governance in North Macedonia where we discussed the opportunities for creating synergies for creating policies for good governance and security and stability.

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Radio Appearance on Urban FM Skopje

RADIO APPEARANCE – Urban FM Skopje
Program manager of SMART Balkans Project, Aleksandar Cekov had a guest appearance on Urban FM 90.8 Skopje hosted by Marija Dimiskova where he presented the project activities and the results of the project SMART Balkans – Civil Society for Shared Society in the Western Balkans.
During the morning radio show, Aleksandar Cekov focused on the support for the CSOs that the project provides within the project activities and mentioned the great interest among the CSOs for the project seen through the fact that 600 organizations from the region registered on the Grants Management Platform.
On the show, Aleksandar also analyzed the situation in the civil sector in Macedonian society and explained how the project will contribute to improving the situation.
You can listen to the show on the link below
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SMART Balkans TV Guest Appearance on MRT1

On 18.08.2022, the SMART Balkans project goals were presented on Macedonian National Radio-Television in the Morning Show. Our Grants Officer from the Center for Research and Policy Making in North Macedonia, Ms. Bojana Krstevska, emphasized the expected core results that will contribute to stronger CSOs in the Western Balkans region.

The SMART Balkans project will focus on building more potent, more sustainable, and vibrant CSOs and on developing solid regional partnerships between civil society organizations from the region, including with their EU counterparts and authorities.

In addition, Ms. Krstevska expressed gratefulness for the excessive interest of civil society organizations in participating in the SMART Balkan project. She pointed out that over 600 organizations have registered on the Grant Management Platform only after two months.

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Public Call for Impact Assessors of CSOs

Public Call for Impact Assessors of CSOs

SMART Balkans Project announces a Public Call for Impact Assessors, who are responsible for the competent support with the in-depths impact assessment of the grant applicants and observation of the applicants’ significance and role in the society, effects and results of their activities.

The Centar za promociju civilnog društva (CPCD), in partnership with Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM) from North Macedonia, and Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) from Albania, is implementing SMART Balkans – Civil Society for shared society in the Western Balkans project, which contributes to strengthening participatory democracies and Euro-Atlantic integration of the Western Balkans region. The project aims to create a solid foundation for sustainable development in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. Some of the topics of this project are the fight against organized crime, prevention of radicalization (including violent extremism), reconciliation through intercultural dialogue, reforms in Euro-Atlantic integration, human rights and gender equality (including domestic violence), support for freedom of speech and independent media. The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway, with a grant worth over 17 million EUR.

The focus of the SMART Balkans Project is distribution of more than 450 grants (Core Grants, Media Grants, Local Initiatives, Creative Box, National Interventions, Regional Grants, Ad Hoc Grants) and capacity building of CSOs, media and civic groups and campaigns, all related to two thematic areas: Security and stability and Governance, with strong regional cooperation aspect.

Core grants, together with tailored capacity building, will enable civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve their organizational capacity and encourage them to refocus their strategic focus on their core mission. This approach frees CSOs from the pressures created by short-term project financing and focusing on donor priorities. The Core grant is intended for CSOs that achieve a significant impact in area of security and stability and governance and that have the potential for even greater impact.

Pool of Impact Assessors will be created for each country (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) composed by at least 3 assessors.

Assessors will do impact assessment using different methods of data collection and analysis, based on the developed methodology, where a field visits to the assessed organizations and its stakeholders will be carried out. 

Objectives and Expected Results

The purpose of this Public Call is to establish pools of Impact Assessors to support grants management decision-making processes for Core Grants applicants.

There are 2 planned Public Calls for Applications for Core Grants, in June 2022 and 2023.

Engaged Impact Assessors will use offline Civil Society Organization Capacity Assessment Tool (CSO CAT), as a systematic and easy-to-use assessment tool that can provide qualitative and quantitative overview of the internal administrative, financial, security, human resources, mobilization of the citizens, public relationships, management capacities. In addition, it should provide an overview of the role and type of the organization in accordance with the main programs, projects, activities, and results achieved in the last 5 years.

Based on the initial capacity assessment of potential grantees, Impact assessors will use data sources for basic analysis of CSO sector in order to measure the progress or impact of capacity building and Core Grant programs on organizational development, their impact on the community and importance to society as well as their potential for growth.

Impact-focused Assessment Report will focus on Core Grants beneficiaries for whom the project would create positive, long-lasting change, even if faced with resource constraints when managing projects.

 Scope of Work

Impact assessors will be trained in order to ensure common understanding and the use of CSO CAT tool.

Project staff will assign one or more impact assessors the task of doing an impact assessment based on the CSO CAT tool. Assessors will do impact assessment using different methods of data collection and analysis, but a field visit to the organization and its stakeholders is essential.

Impact assessment will be one of steps in process of selecting organizations that will be awarded with Core Grant.

 

Selection of Assessors:

Received applications for Impact Assessors will be considered upon receipt, ending with deadline for submission of applications on August 22, 2022. Selected candidates will be invited for interviews and testing. First preparatory workshop will be organized in the period from 29.08. to 09.09.2022. In accordance with the plan for publishing calls for grant applications, the first round of impact assessors’ engagement is planned for September 2022 on the assessment of received applications for Core Grants.

Impact Assessors cannot have any conflicts of interest or the appearance of such with regard to the organizations whose applications are under evaluation and in assessment process.

After signing the service contract and the Declaration of Non-Existent Conflict of Interest, the Impact Assessor will be assigned to the specific applicants for which he/she will prepare an assessment report.

How to Apply:

This call is open to all residents of 6 countries included in the SMART Balkans Project: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia:

Necessary documents for applicants from Albania:

Thirrja publike për vlerësues impakti Albania

Shtojca 1 – Formulari i aplikimit NO 005 AL/2022-1

Shtojca 2 – Deklarata e Integritetit NO 005 AL/2022-1

Necessary documents for applicants from Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Javni poziv za procjenitelje/ice uticaja OCD u BiH

Prilog 1 – Aplikacijski obrazac  NO 001 05/2022

Prilog 2 – Izjava časti NO 001 05/2022

Necessary documents for applicants from Montenegro:

Javni poziv za procjenitelje/ice uticaja OCD u Crnoj Gori

Prilog 1 – Aplikacijski obrazac  NO 001 07/2022

Prilog 2 – Izjava časti NO 001 07/2022

Necessary documents for applicants from North Macedonia:

Јавен повик за проценители/ки на влијание на граѓански организации (ГО) за С. Македонија

Анекс 1 – Формулар за аплицирање 015 07/2022

Анекс 2 – Изјава за чест 015 07/2022

Necessary documents for applicants from Kosovo:

Thirrja publike për vlerësues impakti – Javni poziv za procenjivače uticaja OCD KOS

Shtojca 1 – Forma e Aplikimit për Vlerësues Impakti – Prilog 1 – Prijavni formular

Shtojca 2 – Deklarata e Integritetit – Prilog 2 Izjava časti

Necessary documents for applicants from Serbia:

Javni poziv za procenitelje/ice uticaja OCD u Srbiji

Prilog 1 – Prijavni obrazac  NO 016 07/2022

Prilog 2 – Izjava časti NO 016 07/2022

This call is open until 22/08/2022.

 

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Info Sessions – 14/07/2022

𝗜𝗻𝗳𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗦𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗧 𝗕𝗮𝗹𝗸𝗮𝗻 – 𝗖𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗹 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗕𝗮𝗹𝗸𝗮𝗻, 𝗳𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝘄𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝗔𝗳𝗳𝗮𝗶𝗿𝘀, 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗵𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝟭𝟰𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 𝘃𝗶𝗮 𝗭𝗢𝗢𝗠, 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝟮𝟰𝟬 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀, representatives of the civil society organizations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. Objective of these sessions was to present these opportunities to interested potential applicants.
↔️𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 will support projects in areas of security, stability and governance, with consortium of minimum 3 CSOs from 3 countries and formal or informal regional networks with strong regional dimensions. 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 will support CSOs that already have important impact in areas of security, stability, and governance.
↔️Applications for both types of grants shall be submitted online via 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺 (𝗚𝗠𝗣) 𝗯𝘆 𝟬𝟳.𝟬𝟴.𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮. 𝘩𝘵𝘵𝘱𝘴://𝘨𝘮𝘱.𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘣𝘢𝘭𝘬𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵.𝘰𝘳𝘨
↔️Answers to all questions asked during these sessions and sent by email in the previous period will be posted to https://smartbalkansproject.org/…/open-call-for…/; https://smartbalkansproject.org/…/public-call-for-core…/ and to https://gmp.smartbalkansproject.org/calls/1
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – CORE GRANTS

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – CORE GRANTS

01.07.2022.

Call For Applications – Core Grants 

 

The SMART Balkans Project announces a Public Call for Applications for Concept Notes for Core Grants, for applicants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

SMART Balkans Project, funded by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is implemented by consortium of organizations: Centar za promociju civilnog drustva (CPCD) from Bosnia and Herzegovina as a Lead Applicant, in partnership with Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM) from North Macedonia, and Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) from Albania.

Overall objective of the Project is to contribute to strengthening participatory democracies and Euro Atlantic integrations in the Western Balkans by empowering civil society organizations and CSO networks for stronger and active role in creating peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

Specific objectives of the SMART Balkans project are:

  • Stronger, more sustainable, and vibrant CSOs in the six countries of the Western Balkans region
  • Developed strong regional partnerships between civil society organizations from the region of the Western Balkans themselves and with their EU counterparts and public authorities
  • Increased effectiveness of citizen influencing change through CSOs that advances Security and Stability and Governance in the Western Balkans region
  • Increased awareness of public on importance of active participation of civil society in major development initiatives in the region of Western Balkans

Core Grants will provide funding for projects related to two main areas:

  1. Security and Stability
  2. Governance

In the following documents you can find detailed guidelines and documents for applicants from Albania:

In the following documents you can find detailed guidelines and documents for applicants from Bosnia and Herzegovina:

In the following documents you can find detailed guidelines and documents for applicants from Montenegro:

In the following documents you can find detailed guidelines and documents for applicants from Serbia:

In the following documents you can find detailed guidelines and documents for applicants from Kosovo:

In the following documents you can find detailed guidelines and documents for applicants from North Macedonia:

Public Calls for Core Grants are available on our GRANTS MANAGEMENT PLATFORM – https://gmp.smartbalkansproject.org/…/calls-for-proposals and you are required to register in order to see full Public Calls and list of necessary documents to apply for grants. There is a detailed instruction on how to register at the bottom of https://gmp.smartbalkansproject.org/ homepage.

 

 

 

 

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – REGIONAL GRANTS

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – REGIONAL GRANTS

01.07.2022.

Call for Applications – Regional Grants Concept Notes

Call Reference No: SB RG 01/22

 

The SMART Balkans Project announces a public Call for Applications for Concept Notes for Regional Grants, for applicants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

SMART Balkans Project, funded by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is implemented by consortium of organizations: Centar za promociju civilnog drustva (CPCD) from Bosnia and Herzegovina as a Lead Applicant, in partnership with Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM) from North Macedonia, and Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) from Albania.

Overall objective of the Project is to contribute to strengthening participatory democracies and Euro Atlantic integrations in the Western Balkans by empowering civil society organizations and CSO networks for stronger and active role in creating peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

Specific objectives of the SMART Balkans project are:

  • Stronger, more sustainable, and vibrant CSOs in the six countries of the Western Balkans region
  • Developed strong regional partnerships between civil society organizations from the region of the Western Balkans themselves and with their EU counterparts and public authorities
  • Increased effectiveness of citizen influencing change through CSOs that advances Security and Stability and Governance in the Western Balkans region
  • Increased awareness of public on importance of active participation of civil society in major development initiatives in the region of Western Balkans

 

Regional Grants will provide funding for projects related to two main areas:

  1. Security and Stability
  2. Governance

In the following documents you can find detailed guidelines and documents for application process :

In the following document you can find Questions and Answers from Info Session held on July 14, 2022 and answers on questions received by email:

Questions and Answers – Call for Applications – Regional Grants

 

Public Call for Regional Grants is available on our GRANTS MANAGEMENT PLATFORM – https://gmp.smartbalkansproject.org/…/calls-for-proposals and you are required to register in order to see full Open Call and list of necessary documents to apply for grant. There is a detailed instruction on how to register at the bottom of https://gmp.smartbalkansproject.org/ homepage.

 

 

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SMART Balkans National Conference in Belgrade

The National Conference for promotion of the project SMART Balkans – Civil Society for Shared Society in the Western Balkans, was held in Belgrade on 30.06.2022, and was attended by around 180 representatives of civil society organizations, media and active citizens from Serbia. In addition, two very productive panel sessions took place within the conference themed: Perspective of security and stability in the Western Balkans Region and Good Governance and EU integration in the Western Balkans region: situation and role of CSOs.

 

The Executive Director of CRPM, Ms. Marija Risteska in her introductory address stressed the need for such support for civil society organizations, emphasizing the role of CSOs as bearers of change in society.

 

The Executive Director of CPCD, Ms. Aida Daguda in her welcoming speech referred to the need for regional networking as a way to maximize the influence of citizens and civil society organizations on the decision-making process and strengthen participatory democracy in the region, which is also one of the goals of the project.

 

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Serbia, Montenegro and N. Macedonia, H.E. Mr. Jorn Gjelstad gave an overview of the support of the Kingdom of Norway in the region so far, especially for the civil society sector, emphasizing the need for better involvement of the citizens and civil society organizations in the decision-making process.

 

At the conference, the presentation of the project focused on the grants and programs amounted to 14.5 million euros, which will be distributed to civil society organizations in the region.

The four-year project is one of Norway’s largest programs in the region, with a focus on good governance and security and stability, in the amount of EUR 17 million and is implemented by a consortium of three organizations from the region: Center for Civil Society Promotion (CPCD) from BIH, in cooperation with partner organizations Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM) form N. Macedonia and Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) from Albania.

More photos from the conference can be found here: https://bit.ly/3zTgG4z