MEET THE ACT TEAM
ĆIRKOVIĆNational Team Leader
CSO Networks and Advocacy
Grant Management and M&E
CSO and LG Cooperation
Civic Initiatives Team on ACT Project
LikarACT Project Assistant
and Institutional Grants
StevovskiACT QAS Coordinator
BarzutAdvocacy Grants project coordinator
ĐukićAdvocacy Grants project coordinator
IlićAdvocacy Grants project assistant
PARTNERS AND ASSOCIATES:
Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities
The Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities was established in 1953 as an association of towns and city municipalities in Serbia. When it comes to the reform and strengthening of local government, the SCTM is recognised as an indispensable partner to the Serbian and international institutions, and it has become an important factor in the process of local government decentralisation and reform. This is why we collaborate with this organisation under the ACT component focusing on strengthening partnerships between civil society organisations and local governments. Our collaboration envisages the following: - The SCTM will share its experiences concerning support programmes, focusing in particular on the work methodology, key challenges and good practices in its work with local governments. - The SCTM will be involved in joint guidance workshops for experts who will be providing technical support to local governments under the ACT project.
Trag Foundation has been working with civil society organisations and citizens for twenty years, offering support in the form of knowledge and resources, encouraging and promoting their active involvement in improving life in Serbia. Under the ACT project, the foundation: - Supports civil society organisations in pursuing long-term processes of internal changes so that they can gain and apply knowledge in their regular practices; - Educates and informs civil society organisations, helps their strengthening and networking; - Enables organisational development of civil society organisations, encourages them to experiment, change their practices and make significant organisational changes to fulfil their missions; - Improves the quality of work of civil society organisations by establishing public interest, integrity and transparency standards and by supporting their self-evaluation and expression of needs and readiness to participate in capacity building processes so that they can take responsibility for their own growth; - Transfers specific knowledge and skills, in particular advocacy-related, to improve the implementation of planned and approved actions and achievement of goals; - Helps civil society organisations to network and exchange information to establish a basis for long-term learning, cooperation, application of international standards and good practices.
Hundreds of thousands of non-profit organisations worldwide use CRM platforms to achieve their goals more efficiently and effectively. CiviCatalyst is the first fully flexible and adjustable CRM platform for non-profit organisations in the Serbian language. We use this platform to facilitate the application, communication and reporting processes for our grantees whilst providing relevant information on our website and social media.
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 like-minded 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 a million people reached in the last 22 years.