#ACTCommunityEvent

1st –  3rd June 2022

Venue: Hotel M, Bulevar Oslobođenja 56a, Belgrade

With around 200 supported organizations through 6 grant schemes and over 100 grants, ACT project wants to gather all its grantees in a two-day event in Belgrade. After more than two years of working online, we believe it is high time for organizations to meet in person, exchange, network and learn from each other. Given the importance and size of the event, focusing on ACT’s core would involve everyone and bring the most value to the participants.

The event will provide plenty of opportunities to the participants to network and connect through their areas of expertise, but the main focus should be on the topics that affect the civil society as a whole.

No. of participants: up to 250(incl. ACT Team) in compliance with all epidemiological measures.

ACT COMMUNITY EVENT PROGRAM

DAY 1

Wednesday, 1st June 2022

ARRIVAL OF PARTICIPANTS IN THE AFTERNOON

16:00h – 16:30hREGISTRATION
16:30h – 17:00hOPENING SPEECHES– Richard Kohli, Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office, Belgrade
– Jens Engeli, International Team Leader – ACT / Regional Director of HELVETAS Eastern Europe
– Maja Stojanovic, Executive Director, Civic Initiatives
Conference hosts: Marija Vujkovic, Civic Initiatives and Marko Rakic, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation SRB
17:00h – 18:00hKey Note speechBistra Kumbaroska, Managing Partner at Heartbeats Innovation & Communication
18:00h – 20:30hRECEPTION/COCKTAIL

DAY 2

Thursday, 2nd June 2022

09:00h – 09:30hREGISTRATION
9:30h – 11:00hPANEL DISCUSSION: Growing influence of civic activism in the Western Balkans– Daliborka Uljarevic, Centre for Civic Education, Montenegro
– Marina Skrabalo, Solidarna Foundation for Human Rights and Solidarity, Croatia
– Safet Kubat, Rivers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Moderator: Bojana Selaković, Program Director, Civic Initiatives
11:00h11:30hCoffee break
11:30h – 13:30hBREAKOUT PARALLEL SESSIONSBreakout Group I: ADVOCACY IN STATE CAPTURE –  Doing advocacy in 2022 in Serbia –  which strategies and methods are actually working?
Facilitator: Dragoslava Barzut, Public Policy Program Manager, Civic Initiatives

Breakout Group II : CSOS – LGS COOPERATION:  Remaining space for cooperation with local authorities – is there any window of opportunity? 
This sub-group will gather 16 CSOs that are ACT grantees on Partnerships grant scheme and additionally other participants interested in this topic 
Facilitator: Danijela Bozovic, Project Officer CSO and LG Cooperation, ACT
Breakout Group III: SOLIDARITY VS. POLARIZATION

– division, networking and cooperation of the civil society – how to increase it?
Facilitator: Katarina Djukic, Capacity Building Coordinator, Civic Initiatives
13:30h – 13:45hBreak
13:45h –
14:30h
BREAKOUT SESSION INSIGHTS
14:30h –
16:00h
Lunch
19:30hNetworking and social event (cocktail with drinks & DJ at the hotel premises)

DAY 3

Friday, 3rd June 2022

09:00h – 09:30hREGISTRATION
09:30h -12:00hPILOTING QUALITY ASSURANCE STANDARDS (QAS) IN CIVIL SOCIETY 
SECTOR IN SERBIA: Experience of ACT institutional grantees
Facilitator: Tina Divjak, CNVOS –Center for Information, Participation and Development of NGOs, Slovenia

12:00h – 12:30hCoffee break
12:30h -13:00hPRESENTATION OF KEY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM BREAKOUT GROUPS
12:15h – 12:45hCLOSING REMARKS– Jens Engeli, International Team Leader – ACT / Regional Director of HELVETAS Eastern Europe
– Maja Stojanovic, Executive Director of Civic Initiatives
13:00h – 14:00hLunch
14:00hDeparture of participants

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