23 Dec Expanding Dimensions of Technical Assistance to CSOs in Serbia
Belgrade, December 23, 2014 – The Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organizations (TACSO) Project has entered into a partnership with Consortium of Civic Initiatives, Human Rights House, Center for Development of Non-Profit Sector and Foundation for New Communications Dokukino were selected for the TACSO supported Resource Centre in Serbia, in order to ensure sustainability of TACSO functions upon the project’s completion in 2017.
The establishment of cooperation and strengthening of TACSO supported Resource Centers in the beneficiary countries throughout the Western Balkans and Turkey is a key element in the project’s final phase. The intention has been to identify partners with similar missions and approaches to civil society development as TACSO to ensure sustainability of functions and services.
The partner search was based on an open call, and an evaluation of potential organizations. The main goal was to identify the most suitable candidate that will form a partnership with TACSO, and henceforth be given the title, “Resource Center Supported by TACSO”.
Following our open call and evaluation, the Civic Initiatives led Consortium was identified as the strongest partner to TACSO. The Consortium brings with it 18 years of experience in civil society development and is expected to continue the spirit of TACSO’s mission for years to come.
This new partnership between TACSO and Civic Initiatives led Consortium brings technical assistance for civil society to new heights. Close cooperation between Civic Initiatives led Consortium and TACSO will ensure sustainability of project functions and services following TACSO’s completion in 2017.
Partnerships between Resource Centers and TACSO throughout the region are designed to improve Resource Center’s capacity to takeover key TACSO functions, i.e. capacity building activities, partnership and networking, advocacy, visibility actions, as well as help-desk assistance. The aim is to achieve a strengthened civil society and to stimulate a “CSO-friendly” environment and culture, and to provide support to entire civil society of Serbia.
In practice, the Resource Centers and TACSO will cooperate in implementation of the project activities. In parallel, the host organization will receive organizational capacity building support and coaching to improve their delivery of CSO services.
The EU has supported the Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organizations (TACSO) Project since 2009 in the scope of the Civil Society Facility (CSF) mechanism, in order to achieve a strengthened civil society and to stimulate a civil society-friendly environment and culture in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
TACSO operates through one regional office in tandem with national offices in seven countries. Employing approximately 22 full-time professionals, TACSO brings CSOs from the Western Balkans and Turkey closer to each other and to the EU by organizing activities at the regional level. In addition, TACSO responds to the specific needs of civil society organizations by providing technical assistance, capacity building support and facilitation of dialogue among the key stakeholders of civil society.
For more information please contact Zorka Rašković, TACSO Serbia Office Resident Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.