Protecting Civic space – Regional Civil Society Development Hub

The project aims to establish regional cooperation and link CSOs that will contribute to the advancement and sharing of knowledge and innovation through the promotion of democracy and support for civil society development, empowering them in innovative approaches to the environment and accountability practices in the Western Balkans.

The specific objectives of the program are:

  • contribute to a favorable environment for the development of civil society that enables CSOs to be influential actors in society,
  • support efficient, transparent, and accountable CSOs that contribute to the protection of civic space, and
  • strengthen regional cooperation for the promotion of civic space through the Center for Civil Society Development.

The project is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and implemented by the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) in co-operation with Western Balkan organizations from six countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

The Center for Civil Society Promotion (CCSP) as a representative of BiH and through the partnership agreement actively participates in this project through two key roles:

Research partner

CCSP participates in conducting research and drafting reports on the development of civil society, especially in terms of providing a supportive environment and accountability of CSOs in BiH. The Monitoring Matrix on CSO Development is ​​an annual report prepared by the CCSP based on qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and updating. Also, CCSP participates in the development of a common methodology and preparation of the Report on Accountability and Transparency of CSOs in BiH.

Member of the Working Group for the Center for Civil Society Development

Civil society in the region, our stakeholders and constituencies can expect regular monitoring of the enabling environment, improved use, and promotion of best practices by civil society organizations in the region, as well as a grant scheme that would extend these efforts to civil society organizations in the region. The grant scheme will have a multi-country grant component, ad-hoc support grants, aimed at supporting CSOs in emergencies or their innovative actions through expert missions and supporting their regional gatherings / workshops / community actions and the like.

CCSP participates in the direct analysis of grant applications and the representatives of CCSP are also local monitoring officers who implement the first stage of verification of narrative and financial reports of the organizations receiving the regional or ad-hoc grant. In this segment, the CCSP gives its full support to organizations in the implementation of project activities through supervision and consultation as well as the preparation of reports, and through the review of project documentation. Also, CCSP in cooperation with BCSDN works continuously to promote calls for grants and support organizations in developing and supplementing applications for grants.