Many years of experience and devotion for the development of civil society, makes Civic Initiatives recognized by donors, partners and the community. Civic Initiatives, in the context of their own capacity building programme, from the very beginning sought to encourage parallel operation and synergy in strengthening the capacities of CSOs’, institutions and individuals.
Since 2014, Civic Initiatives has been operating as a Resource Centre (RC) of the TACSO Project in Serbia - TACSO by Civic Initiatives, within which the organisation collect, publish and distribute important information about CSOs’ work through all available communication channels; advise and provide technical support; implement trainings and seminars on various topics; provide assistance on CSO networking; and also prepare an annual review of available funding opportunities for CSOs in Serbia.
The RC is also working on analysing and monitoring the enabling environment for the operation and development of CSOs in Serbia – improving the mechanism for cooperation with state and local authorities; creating the conditions for financial sustainability and independence of CSOs; valuing volunteerism; and creating and developing quality assurance system (QAS) among others.
The RC deals with the following topics:
- Legal framework for the Freedom of association and functioning of civil society;
- Organisational development;
- Strategic planning;
- Monitoring – evaluation – reporting;
- Human Resource Management;
- Tax incentives;
- Mechanisms for the protection of personal data and access to information of public importance;
- Financial – administrative management;
- Developing and monitoring of public policy;
- Networking and management of networks;
- Commercial activities of CSOs and networks
- CSOs’ position as providers of social welfare services;
- Using public space for CSO activities;
- Management of public meetings;
- Participation of CSOs in decision-making processes and the adoption of legislation at the local and national level;
- CSO communication and visibility;
- Funding sources and writing project proposals;
- Building relationships in the community;
- Alternative ways for fundraising
The RC’s services are available to all CSOs registered in accordance with the law on associations and foundations and unions, but also to informal groups and citizens who have the initiative to come together and organise themselves.
The RC also works with other interested parties including national and local authorities and their institutions as well as the media and donors if their needs and requirements are related with CSOs and/or with the environment in which CSOs are working.
Communication with RC is available through email, phone or via Open Doors sessions, once a month in their offices.
* Civic Initiatives is leading the RC Consortium which gathers: Human Rights House, Center for the development of non-profit sector and the Foundation for new communications Dokukino.