Civil Society Actors as Drivers of Change in South Caucasus and Moldova
This project draws on People in Need’s (PIN) experience supporting civic engagement in South Caucasus, Moldova, and the Czech Republic, on insights from PIN colleagues, partners, and researchers, and on many long discussions about what worked, what didn’t, and how civil society could make a difference. As a result, PIN team decided to focus on new and emerging civic groups, grassroots initiatives, social and cultural movements that could become the driving force for change.
Project designed to like-minded civic actors who are committed to representing people’s needs, those who are seeking to influence real systemic change, and those who are raising new important issues that are not widely known or discussed or in the society.
The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the role of CSOs as legitimate, inclusive, and trusted governance actors advancing the democratization process in South Caucasus and Moldova.
The specific objective of the project is CSOs’ increased accountability and effectiveness as drivers of change.
The project focuses strongly on the downward accountability of CSOs to their members, supporters, communities, and citizens. PIN’s understanding of accountability is based on the Global Standard for CSO Accountability and targets mainly the following aspects of the standard:
- Our approach to change – People driven work, strong partnerships, advocating for fundamental change, open organizations
- What we do internally – Empowered effective staff and volunteers, well-handled resources, responsive decision making, responsible leadership
The main focus of this action in this respect is on a commitment to positive sustainable change, creating and sharing thematic knowledge and mutual learning, fostering equitable partnerships for change, focus on people’s empowerment, democratic ownership, and participation, and effective organizational management.
The improved organizational capacity of targeted 15 CSOs including developed organizational strategic and organizational development plans.
Enhanced capacity of project target 15 CSOs and engaged citizens in their activities, while contributing effectively to policy dialogue and advocacy towards decision-makers.
Strengthened CSO linkages and engagement among CSOs and with the private sector