Monitoring Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development Project
TUSEV will be the implementing partner of the Monitoring Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development Project coordinated by Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN). Project will be implemented with the financial contribution of European Union, in cooperation with the European Network of National Civil Society Organizations (ENNA), and the European Centre of Non-Profit Organizations Law (ECNL). The project will be implemented concurrently in Western Balkan Countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) and in Turkey.
Experts from BCSDN members and partners worked together to develop the Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development. Through this matrix, the projects aims to; create a monitoring mechanism for tracking of development of civil society, to facilitate the inclusion of related matters in the EU Progress Report and to support the participation of CSOs in the decision making processes at the national and EU level. Based on the research methodology of the Matrix, Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development will be analyzed in line with the criterion set under three dimensions: Basic Legal Guarantees of Freedoms, CSO Financial Viability and Sustainability, Government- CSO Relationship.
The Matrix will be implemented simultaneously in regional level by BCSDN members. The final report will allow comparisons between Western Balkan countries and Turkey. Each project partner will organize advocacy activities after the finalization of country reports.
For further information on Monitoring Matrix for Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development please visit www.balkancsd.net website.
TUSEV Launched the Monitoring Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development Project, 29 March 2013
TUSEV launched Monitoring Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development Project on March 29, 2013. TÜSEV’s Secretary General Tevfik Başak Ersen presented the BCSDN project and the matrix methodology to representatives from CSOs, public institutions and universities.
TUSEV Organized the National Consultation Meeting of Monitoring Matrix for Civil Society Development Project, 8 July 2013
The national consultation meeting for Monitoring Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development Project has been conducted on July 8, 2013. CSO representatives from different fields have participated in the meeting and discussed the research methodology of the Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Monitoring and Turkey specific issues that should be included in the research.
Balkan Civil Society Development Network Regional Workshop on State Funding, November 13-14
Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) in cooperation with the European Center for Non-for-profit Law (ECNL) organized a regional workshop on state funding for CSOs on 13-14 November in Novi Sad, Serbia as part the “Balkan Civil Society Acquis” project. In total, 38 representatives of CSOs and relevant state institutions from 13 countries attended the workshop to map state financing framework and practices in the Balkan countries and to share best practices and tendencies from the EU countries. In this workshop, participants have also identified key bottlenecks in Enlargement countries and steps to overcome, as part of the advocacy plans for 2014 for increasing state funding and improving regulatory practices in the represented countries.
Several conclusions and recommendations were driven from the two day workshop. The majority of participants have identified the lack of civil society strategy as the common and most pressing issue for the enabling environment for CSO development, generally and state financing for CSO in particular in Western Balkans and Turkey. Other common issues presented by the participants as follows: the lack of strategy for support and cooperation with CSOs, lack of developed mechanisms for support for social dialogue and inclusive practices, lack of funds and mechanisms for co-financing, lack of non-financial support, and insufficient transparency in state funding.
Monitoring Matrix Regional Report and Turkey Report 2013
After one year of a full monitoring cycle according to the Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development (MM) in 8 countries, Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) with its members, including TUSEV, have drafted 8 country reports and 1 regional report in partnership with European Center for Non-profit Law (ECNL). The regional report summarizes the key findings from 8 country reports in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The main aim of the Regional Report is to identify the key common issues across the region, in order to highlight the priorities for intervention on regional level, and to support efforts of civil society organizations, public authorities and the European Union in the creation of a more conducive environment for civil society. Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development Turkey Report is available here.