Civil Society for Shared Society in the Western Balkans

The Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM), together with partner organizations from BiH – Center for Civil Society Promotion (CPCD) and Albania – Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM), is implementing a project named SMART Balkans – Civil society for shared society in the Western Balkans.
The 4-year regional project is financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a grant worth more than 17 million EUR.
Overall objective of this project is to contribute to strengthening participatory democracies and Euro Atlantic integrations in the Western Balkans by empowering civil society organizations and CSO networks for stronger and active role in creating peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia. The project will contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
The project will build stronger, more sustainable, and vibrant CSOs in the six countries of the Western Balkans region; develop strong regional partnerships between civil society organizations from the region and with their EU counterparts and public authorities; increase effectiveness of citizen influencing change through CSOs that advances Security and Stability and Governance in the Western Balkans, as well as increase awareness of general public on importance of active participation of civil society in major development initiatives in the region.

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