About Us

Civic Initiatives is an association of citizens for democracy and civil education, which for the past 20 years has been working on the realization of the following vision and mission:

VizijaMTHE VISION of CI is a society of equal and active citizens who make decisions about their lives in a democratic state, with full respect for human rights and the rule of law.

VrednostiMTHE BASIC VALUES of CI are equality and equal opportunities, sharing with others, dedication, tolerance, solidarity, caring for people, creating connections and partnerships with others, without imposing, as well as permanent education for everyone. People are the greatest value and resource of our organization.


THE MISSION of CI is the strengthening of civil society through education, promoting democracy and support for an active society.

StrategijaMTHE STRATEGY of CI is that just by removing regional, national, ethnic, religious, gender and social barriers it is possible to build a stronger, more efficient and potentially sustainable civil sector and in that way contribute to the development of society in general.

Civic Initiatives implement their activities through two programs: the program for strengthening civil society capacities and the program for public policies.

Civic Initiatives (CI) were founded in May 1996 by a group of prominent NGO activists that were involved in the anti-war movement and non-nationalist democratic opposition since 1990. Since then, Civic Initiatives respond to the need to create a civic base that sustains democratic values by supporting citizens’ activism and advocating for a better legal framework for civic participation.

Civic Initiatives were founded by: Dubravka Velat, Miljenko Dereta, Zarko Korac, Vukasin Pavlovic, Rade Radovanovic, Nadezda Gace, Srdjan Bogosavljevic, Nada Marinkovic, Milan Podunavac, Mina Vidakovic, Nada Korac and Ivo Viskovic.