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The Consortium

The Project is implemented by Consortium led by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. (KAS, Germany) and composed of: Transtec (Belgium), the Assembly for Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus (Lithuania) as well as the following 6 NGOs from the Eastern Partnership Countries: European Integration (Armenia), Azerbaijani Youth Euro-Atlantic Organisation (AYEAO), AKT (Belarus), International Center on Conflict and Negotiation (ICCN, Georgia), the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS, Viitorul, Moldova) and the Initiative Centre to Support Social Action (ISAR Ednannia, Ukraine).

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Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.v. (KAS)

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.v. (KAS) is a German non-governmental organisation. Established in 1955 as “Society for Christian-Democratic Civic Education”, the Foundation took on the name of the first Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in 1964. It started its international co-operation programmes in 1962 and focuses on consolidating democracy, the unification of Europe and on development cooperation. The Foundation carries out assignments in the fields of civil society development, governance, parliamentary support and co-operation, rule of law, human rights protection, gender, media promotion, decentralisation and local democracy promotion, as well as poverty alleviation in more than 100 countries on four continents. In this regard, KAS functions as a political think-tank as well as a development consultancy.

KAS strongly emphasises the dialogue and free exchange of viewpoints and ideas, the cornerstones of an open, democratic society. In more than 80 countries, branch offices are set up to coordinate and implement projects in co-operation with more than 200 local partner organisations. The average project duration is between 3-12 years and KAS is currently operating and supporting over 200 projects worldwide.

Through its worldwide activities, the KAS is an active member in several local and international networks. As a result the KAS has excellent access to local and international experts and stakeholders in the different fields of intervention.

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Transtec

Transtec is a leading European multi-disciplinary development consulting organisation dedicated to delivering technical cooperation services for public, private and third sector institutions in developing economies.

Transtec provides a full range of management and technical cooperation services  on  projects/programmes funded by International donors (European Union, World Bank, African & Asian Development Bank, UN agencies) and National development finance institutions (Agence Française de Développement, Belgian Technical Cooperation, DANIDA, DFID etc..).

Active in more than 120 countries worldwide Transtec contributes effectively to good governance - an essential condition for sustainable development -  and actively operates in the following sectors: Democratic governance: (Citizenship, Electoral processes and Parliament,  Peace promotion and conflict mitigation, Institutional strengthening,  Rule of Law and Justice); Public Finance Management ; Economic development and Trade;  Education, Training and Labour Market; Agriculture, rural development and food security; Monitoring, Evaluation; Aid Coordination & Policy advice / Basket funds and Framework Contracts and Agreements.

Transtec has been established 30 years ago and is headquartered in Brussels, with regional office in Beirut, Lebanon and Abuja, Nigeria and a representation in Paris, France.

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ACT

ACT specializes in conducting educational trainings for representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations in all issues of organizational development and building strategic partnerships; and implements innovative social technologies.

Since its establishment, ACT has implemeted a number of projects in partnership with other organizations and using its own resources:

  • Development of a network of public clubs – 2004-2005
  • Establishment of a leaders’ club – 2006-2007
  • The Information and analytical newsletter PrACTyka (Practice)
  • Promotion of the mechanism of public social procurement – since 2006
  • Promotion of professional growth of NGOs and cooperation bettween them - since 2008
  • Thematic platform Public Dialogue - since 2010.
     

On the 5th International Fair of Social Projects (25-26 October 2007, Brest), ACT’s project on the topic of public social procurement won in the nomination "For the cross-sectoral cooperation".
On the 3rd Festival of Non-formal Education (8-10 October 2010, Minsk), website ACTngo.info won the contest "The best site in the area of non-formal education in 2010" according to the popular voting, and also took 2nd place based on the opinion of the professional jury.

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International Center on Conflict and Negotiation (ICCN)

International Center on Conflict and Negotiation (ICCN) is an independent, peace-making, research and training institution that was founded in 1994. The main long-term aims of ICCN are:

  • Strengthening democracy and civil society building
  • Positive peace building and conflict prevention/management in a divided society
  • Human rights, tolerance and gender equity
     

ICCN has professional experience in research and analysis, including regional security studies, sociological surveys and public opinion polling, human rights focusing on gender equity, minority rights and IDP/refugee/migration studies, peace education including training in a number of fields, public diplomacy (track-two) efforts across conflict zones, cross-border activities and peace campaigning, media and publishing activities, international expertise and networking. ICCN plays an active role in peace building and civil society building in Georgia and the Caucasus region.

ICCN activities also include advocacy and lobbying, working through opinion multipliers, networking and NGO coalitions, public campaigning, third-party intervention: consultation, facilitation, mediation. The numerous outputs include research - including sociological research: opinion polls, content analysis, monitoring and expert assessments; nation and region-wide security studies (with resulting publications), conferences, problem-solving workshops and trainings, seminars and round tables for target groups, with follow-up publications, including in periodicals. ICCN actively work on empowerment of young generation with the emphasis on the youth from the regions.

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European Integration

“European Integration” is a non-governmental organisation established in 2000 and officially registered on November 14, 2002. The organisation’s name, “European Integration”, reflects its objectives—the main goal is the promotion and further dissemination of democratic values in the Republic of Armenia and the formation of civil society. It believes that the way to fulfill this goal is for Armenia to integrate into the European family. NGO “European Integration” carries out its activities based on the following priorities:

  1. European integration,
  2. conflict transformation, peace-building,
  3. work with the youth,
  4. work with mass-media,
  5. work in the regions. 

It is mainly in these directions that the projects of the organization are designed, worked out and implemented. During the long years of its activities it is based on the abovementioned priorities that the organization has carried as well as worked out a number of researches, TV programs, publications, seminars, trainings, conferences, discussions and other events.

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Azerbaijan Youth Euro Atlantic Organization (AYEAO)

The “Azerbaijan Youth Euro Atlantic Organization” (AYEAO) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 2003 and in 2004 was registered as a Public Union in Azerbaijan. The organization is aimed to promote civil society, raise public awareness on Euro-Atlantic values and contribute in development of democracy in Azerbaijan.

National NGO “Azerbaijan Youth Euro Atlantic Organization” is guided by the belief that high civic education and active participation of the population in the process of development of society are the main conditions of civil society. Developed civil society cannot be established only by existence of non-governmental organizations. Rather, it evolves based on active participation of people in the life of society. By supporting and promoting this process the organization helps to raise civic awareness of the population as well as to encourage determined group of society to think and to contribute in developing a solution for the current problems of the country.

AYEAO conducts its activity in different dimensions: 1. Youth Development dimension; 2.Civic Education dimension; 3.Research Developing dimension; 4.Euro-Atlantic values dimension.
AYEAO is a founding member of the International Flare Network (Freedom Legality and Rights in Europe) Moreover, in July 2011 AYEAO was granted with consultative status of UN ECOSOC.

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Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) “Viitorul"

The Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) “Viitorul" was established in the Republic of Moldvoa in June 1993. IDIS is a research, education and outreach organisation active in the fields of economic analysis, governance, law, political sciences, strategic and organisational science. Positioned as a not-for-profit, public-benefit organisation, IDIS is a liberal think tank, which is not affiliated to the government ,nor to any political party.

IDIS cooperates with different organisations from civil society, politics, academia and industry. Due to close contacts and linkages between the academe and politics, its work is focused on policy analysis and recommendations, best practice, good governance as well as economic assessment. IDIS holds several memberships, including the Economic Policy Institutes Network, and the Policy Association of the Open Society Network.

IDIS believes in the moral argument of liberal democracy, free markets and peaceful cooperation as an incentive for long-lasting transformation in South East Europe. Regional cooperation with similar think tanks from Moldova, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and other countries of South Eastern Europe is crucial for achieving these goals. Consistent with its ideology, IDIS undertook comprehensive research on economic analysis and forecasting, local finances and budgeting, political management and legal assistance provided to local governments.

According to the institutional strategy for 2009-2014, there are three major areas in which IDIS “Viitorul” works:

  1. Modernisation and Europeanisation of the Public Sector;
  2. Strengthening a functional market economy;
  3. Supporting the emergence of a competitive society.
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The Initiative Center to Support Social Action (ISAR Ednannia)

The Initiative Center to Support Social Action (ISAR Ednannia) is a Ukrainian non-profit public organisation founded in 1997. For more than 15 years ISAR Ednannia primary´s task has been to promote the development of socially useful public initiatives, to strengthen civil society and improve the quality of life for the people of Ukraine. One of the main mechanisms in realising this goal is the offering of grants to important players crucial in the building of civil society in Ukraine. ISAR Ednannia has administered approximately 1500 grant projects totalling more than $4 million. These grants are managed in full compliance with international standards. Our work has consistently received positive feedback from donors (include the EU, Sida, USAID, Ch. S. Mott Foundation, UNDP, OSCE and IRF), whose generous support enables ISAR Ednannia to implement its projects.

In addition to providing grants, ISAR Ednannia is a leader in the capacity development of CSOs in the region. Every year, a Capacity Development Forum is organised. The forum is a unique national platform for discussion of key standards and practices in the field of organisational development, aimed at the promotion of a capacity development culture among CSOs in Ukraine. Through the organisation of fora, Community of Practice meetings, competitive grants and an internet platform for organisational development in Ukraine (http://ngomarket.org.ua), we help public and charitable organisations to improve themselves, strengthen their professional skills and become more proficient in accomplishing their missions to help the people of Ukraine.

ISAR Ednannia is the national partner for Ukraine in the `Civil Society. Dialogue for Progress`-

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The Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus (Assembly)

The Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus (Assembly) is the largest umbrella association of pro-democratic non-governmental organisations and civil initiatives in Belarus. The Assembly was founded in 1997 and at the moment unites more than 300 organisations from across Belarus. The Assembly advocates for democracy and the independence of Belarus and defends civil activists’ rights and the interests of civil society organisations (CSOs). The Assembly is a platform for communication and cooperation within the civil sector and operates by holding round tables and conferences and organising national campaigns. Amongst the more popular campaigns have been “Stop 193.1!”, “Let’s Make It Better!”, and “For Freedom!”.

The Assembly also provides legal support for CSOs, for example the registration and civil audit of registered CSOs, or the monitoring of freedom of association in Belarus. The Assembly carries out research in the civil sector and through this contributes to the professional development of Belarusan CSOs.

The organisation publishes a magazine for civil activists “Asambleja”, maintains a web-site about civil activities in the country and distributes an e-newsletter containing news of the civil sector, study, research and professional opportunities for NGO activists. It is received by over 1,000 subscribers.

Every year the Assembly holds a “Civil Society Champions” award ceremony, giving prizes to the most active civil activists and civil initiatives.

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