What is TACSO?

TACSO’s mission is to increase and improve the capacity and actions of CSOs as well as their democratic role. Through TACSO’s capacity building activities, support and assistance, the aim is to achieve a strengthened civil society and to stimulate a civil society-friendly environment and culture.

The Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organisations (TACSO) 1 Project began in August 2009, received an extension in 2011 and officially closed in August 2013. The TACSO 2 Project began in September 2013 and will be implemented until August 2017.

TACSO is part of the Civil Society Facility (CSF) which is a European Union (EU) mechanism that provides support to civil society organisations (CSOs) in those countries that are not yet part of the EU.

CSOs play an important role for the EU, because they are seen as key actors in supporting their country’s accession process. The CSF’s aim is to therefore strengthen CSOs so that they are able to actively participate in public debate and eventually have the capacity to influence policy and decision making processes.

While TACSO 2 will continue to support CSOs and contribute to enabling the civil society environment along the same lines and actions as the past four years, there are four key issues that the project will centre its activities around:
  1. further strengthening civil society’s role in national democratisation and accession processes;
  2. increasing the communication and visibility of civil society’s contributions to society;
  3. supporting the discovery of new resource mobilisation strategies and approaches, which are needed to provide civil society sustainability and development; and
  4. improving the legal and institutional framework for civil society actions.
TACSO 2 will function under the main components of People 2 People (P2P), CSO capacity building and visibility as well as support to the CSF.

For more information about TACSO 2, please download our Brochure and Fact Sheet.

For more information about our first four years, please take a look at our Brochure 2010, Brochure 2012 or Fact Sheet.

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Access to Education for Roma
The Study Visit, Access to Education and Employment for Roma Youth - Good Practices and Models from Spain was organised from May 9-11 in Madrid, Spain within the framework of the People to People component of the TACSO Project. The Visit focused on the model by the Fundacion Secretariado Gitano (FSG) over the past 35 years, including educational and employment programmes as well as awareness-raising and anti-discrimination work.