Project name: Networking and Advocacy for Green Economy – NAGE
Duration: 11 April 2018 – 10 April 2021
Overall objective: to provide support to enhance the policy and decision-making impact of Balkan rural development network (BRDN) and its constituents, through involvement in the agricultural and rural program and policy reform processes for introduction of the green economy concept
Target groups and beneficiaries: BRDN, national rural development networks, local and national authorities and policy decision-makers, academic community, grassroots CSOs
Specific objectives (outcomes-Oc):
Oc1: Strengthening of the grassroots’ CSOs capacities in generic work, advocacy and networking, to be able to sustain their role of agricultural and rural reform advocates, in transparent and accountable way;
Oc2: Introduction of the concept of green economy as unique cross-cutting entrepreneurial model for rural diversification and sustainability;
Oc3: BRDN and its constituents use evidence-based policy development and rights-based advocacy to foster the national EU CAP approximation processes and promote green economy.
Expected specific project results (outputs-Op):
OpA – Developed and demonstrated transparent, efficient and effective project implementation, through prompt and effective delivery of the planned activities and expected results
OpB – Transparent and intensive dissemination of knowledge and information to the target groups and other project stakeholders; raised awareness among the general audiences of the Action’s overall and specific objectives through tailored media visibility actions
Op1.1: Strengthened CSOs institutional capacities in internal governance, planning, financial management and funding diversification, and reporting
Op1.2: Increased grassroots capacities in program-specific themes – lobbying and advocacy, research and analysis, networking and constituent’s empowerment, climate change and environment protection and green economy/green entrepreneurship
Op2.1: Organized stakeholder and public awareness raising and sensitization campaign on the importance of the cross-cutting and green economy issue to the overall sustainability and rural development potential
Op2.2: Designed and implemented transparent sub-granting program that will encourage rural and agricultural CSO diversification towards social and green entrepreneurship, as way to open pathway towards green economy, while also ensuring CSO sustainability
Op3.1: Initiated comprehensive and CSO participatory policy development process through identification of the gaps of the national agricultural and rural development programs to the CAP 2013-2020 and analysis of the impact to the natural environment and sustainable development process
Op3.2: Defined and promoted evidence-based policy solutions that support reform of the national rural and agricultural programs towards environmental protection and promote introduction of the green economy concept.
Partners: (1) Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia (Lead applicant); (2) Rural Development Network of Serbia; (3) Rural Development Network of Albania; (4)Rural Development Network of Croatia ; (5) Rural Development Network of Bosnia and Herzegovina; (6) Rural Development Network of Kosovo; (7) Rural Development Network of Montenegro
Financing: European Commission, Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2016-2017 – Consolidating Regional Thematic Networks of Civil Society Organisations.