ACT FOR GREATER IMPACT
The Programme “For an Active Civil Society Together – ACT” aims to contribute to an active civil society for the benefit of all people and higher citizens’ engagement in decision-making, particularly at the local level. Through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Government of Switzerland has allocated funds in the amount of CHF 5.3 million for the implementation of Phase I of the Programme from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2023. ACT is implemented by the consortium of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and Civic Initiatives.
MEET THE ACT TEAM
ENGELIInternational Team Leader
ĆIRKOVIĆNational Team Leader
CSO Networks and Advocacy
CSO Capacity Building
RAKIĆProject Officer Grant Management and M&E
CSO and LG Cooperation
and E-Communications Officer
Media Relations Officer
Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and Civic Initiatives formed the Consortium for project ACT as there was a great match in values, strong complementarities and a shared understanding of the partnership built on trust. As both organisations are themselves civil society organisations, the Programme cause is directly linked to their own ‘reason d’etre’.
Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation is an association with a constituency of over 100,000 members in Switzerland. It takes an active role and position in different political debates and advocates on behalf of its constituency in partnership with other likeminded organisations in Switzerland.
Civic Initiatives lead numerous networks (with more than 70% of involvement of local CSOs) on civil society issues and represent its members in advocacy actions. Civic Initiatives are established to provide services to CSOs and continue to be a focal point for capacity building. More than 5,000 CSOs have been involved and more than half of million people reached in last 22 years.