Monday, December 6, 2021 represents a historic date for Centar za promociju civilnog društva (CPCD)!
As a local organization from Bosnia and Herzegovina at the head of the consortium, CPCD has signed a grant agreement worth up to NOK 180 million (or slightly more than BAM 34 million) awarded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the implementation of the project SMART Balkans – Civil Society for shared society in the Western Balkans.
The main goal of the project is to strengthen civil society in six Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia), and it will be implemented by a consortium led by the CPCD from January next year to December 2025. The consortium also includes the Center for Research and Policy Making from North Macedonia and the Institute for Democracy and Mediation from Albania.
“I am delighted to have signed this contract with the Centar za promociju civilnog društva. With this program, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs contributes to strengthening participatory democracies and Euro-Atlantic cooperation and integration in six Western European countries by strengthening civil society organizations and networks. Civil society organizations in the region will play an even stronger and more active role in creating peaceful and inclusive societies,” said HE Olav Reinertsen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Bosnia and Herzegovina at the signing ceremony.
“This project reflects all the needs of civil society for qualitative change in the field of stability and security, and good governance in six countries, with a strong aspect of regional integration and a methodological approach that we have carefully created taking into account our experience and social trends,” said Aida Daguda, director of CPCD.
Topics covered by this project include the fight against organized crime and the prevention of radicalization, including violent extremism; reconciliation, with intercultural dialogue; reforms in support of Euro-Atlantic integration; human rights and gender equality, including gender-based domestic violence; freedom of expression and independent media, etc.