Project title: “Communities First: Creation of a civil society hub to address Violent extremism – from prevention to reintegration” (CF). Funded by European Union (Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2016-2017, Consolidating Regional Thematic Networks of Civil Society Organizations, EuropeAid/154870/DH/ACT/Multi); Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States; Ministry of Public Administration of Montenegro
“Communities First” is a regional Western Balkans civil society platform for P/CVE lead by consortium of six non-governmental organizations from Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Serbia. This three year (2018 – 2021) initiative is focused on fostering national and regional co-operation among grassroots CSOs, faith-based organizations, and community activists engaged in P/CVE.
The goal of the program is to empower these actors, to increase their capacity, improve efficiency and accountability, and to enable them to become more effective influencers of relevant P/CVE policies.
Activities include: mapping of CSO-led P/CVE programmes and initiatives; developing online CSOs’ hub for sharing good practices, resources and increasing regional cooperation; capacity building and mentoring programmes; and creating and implementing small grant programme.
Objective of action is to Develop a Western Balkans (WB) Civil Society Hub to empower civil society organizations (CSOs) to be more effective and accountable actors and to improve their capacity to implement projects and dialogue with governments, influencing policy and decision-making processes as it relates to preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) that leads to terrorism in the region.
Specific: 1) Increase the number of grassroots and other relevant CSOs, as well as faith-based organizations (FBOs) in the region which are able to build the community and societal resilience and otherwise contribute to P/CVE efforts; 2) Improve collaboration and coordination among relevant CSOs; 3) Build the capacity of local CSOs to design and implement programs across a range of P/CVE themes; 4) Develop a targeted and representational voice for CSO actors across the region to more effectively engage national governments on P/CVE issues to inform national governments and regional organizations’ policies and to ensure an enabling legal and policy environment for CSO P/CVE activities; 5) Enable more regular and efficient interactions between governments and CSOs around P/CVE issues.
Target Group (s)
Grassroots and other relevant CSOs across the WB working on P/CVE or related projects, programs, and policies, with a particular focus on youth-led organizations and those working on education, women-led initiatives, civic engagement and leadership, community resilience, faith-based cooperation, and dialogue.
For more information about “CF” project other than in Partners Kosova website and FaceBook, please check the following link: http://www.forum-mne.com/en/project/communities-first/.