Meeting with General Director of Italian Embassy’s Cooperazione Italiana Allo Svillupo Mr. Andrea Senatori
Tirana, 26 October 2012
As part of the envisaged engagement for further advancing the International Cooperation and Communication, the Director of the Agency for the Support of Civil Society (ASCS) Mr. Rudi Bobrati accompanied by the Head of the Department of the Administration of Programs of Grants and Regional Development, Mr. Isak Bilalli, met today with Mr. Andrea Senatori, General Director of Italian Embassy’s Cooperazione Italiana Allo Svillupo.
Dr. Senatori and senior officials of this institutions present in the meeting were informed with the activities of the Agency, with the intention of promoting the work of the Agency for the Support of Civil Society (ASCS) conducted so far.
Director Bobrati informed his counterpart that at present the Agency is in the phase of monitoring the projects of the third call for grants and is on the preparation phase for the upcoming call for proposals for which a particular focus is paid to the improvement and capacity building of the NGO’s from rural areas with a purpose of broad engagement in the applications of upcoming calls.
Particular emphasis of the discussion was given to the treatment of the topics for advancing the Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) such as the idea of Philanthropy and Voluntarism. Mr. Senatori expressed appreciation for the idea but focused more on elaborating the opportunities of obtaining grants, since the Agency for the Support of Civil Society (ASCS) as a public institution is eligible to apply with different grant programs. However, concerning the mutual cooperation Mr. Giacomo Pides, senior official of Cooperazione Italiana Allo Svillupo underlined the importance of setting up contacts with Italian CSO’s that operate in Albania, which already have ongoing projects with Cooperazione Italiana and or other international organizations, contacts which will be delivered accordingly.
As a joint conclusion of this meeting was the interest of further exploring mutual cooperation in the areas of social engagement with CSO’s and regional cross border cooperation, for which Italian Embassy’s Cooperazione Italiana Allo Svillupo will play an active role in providing assistance to the Agency for the Support of Civil Society (ASCS).