A training on Project Cycle Management addressed to representatives of civil society organisations from Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina was organised in Kolašin, on 13-16 November. This training was meant to strenghten participants’ capacities to design and implement projects financed by the European Union. During the training, the participants had a chance to learn about available funding sources, application procedures, main project elements, how to formulate and prepare project proposals, and other important topics related to accessing EU funds. Implementation procedures including contractual obligations, financial and procurement matters, communication and visibility, reporting, etc. were also amongst the topics tackled during the training, which was attended by 30 representatives of civil society from the region.
The training is a part of the project “GEAR – Green Economy for Advanced Region” whose aim is to increase the impact of civil society organisations from Montenegro, Serbia, B&H, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania in environmental protection by promoting networking, strengthening their capacities and by promoting green economy through CSO local projects. The project is financed by the European Union within the Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2016-2017, and implemented by FORS Montenegro in partnership with the organisations SMART Kolektiv from Serbia, Centre for Development and Support from B&H, EKO Svest from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, EDEN Center from Albania and Association Slap from Croatia.
In the upcoming period more training sessions will be organised in collaboration with the partners in the project on the following topics: Public Advocacy and Lobbying, Participation in Decision Making, Monitoring of Public Policies, Analyses and Research and Improvement of Collaboration with Authorities.
In addition to the trainings, the project includes a series of activities aimed to further improve CSOs’ capacities and impact in environmental protection, and to promote green economy, such as: a sub granting programme for local CSOs; a study visit to Croatia to familiarise with good practices in green economy and green entrepreneurship; presentations of good practices in the target countries; a campaign of promotion of green economy; development of a study on the possibilities for development of Green Economy in the region; publications on green economy and related topics, etc.
The photos of the training can be downloaded here.