Tirana, 17 - 18 December 2014
Agency for the support of Civil Society (ASCS) in cooperation with AssistIMPACT through a project funded by USAID Albania, organized on 17 and 18 December 2014, a workshop regarding ASCS strategic plan for the future.
This workshop was held under the guidance of an expert of the field, Mr. Christopher J. Varady, with the participation of the Executive Director of ASCS Mr. Andi Kananaj and the staff, as well.
The two-day workshop aimed at aligning the ASCS’ strategy with the government strategy, that of EU and the definition of civil society development trends in Albania, as well. This workshop addressed ASCS mission, where besides the financial support, the agency should also provide technical assistance, to help civil society in its initiatives for the community.
There were also discussed about the ways of interaction of the Agency with other government structures and other potential donors operating in our country, which should serve as an Agency moderating the role of the civil society with those of other institutions under the typologies of the groups of interests.
The workshop brought definition of priorities, the goals and the objectives that this strategy aims to realize, such as:
- Creation of an active, inclusive and sustainable society
The development of different program sectors (i.e. the importance of participation, rule of law, anti-corruption, human rights, environment etc.);
Geographical outreach of the ASCS in grant-giving, the target groups, beneficiaries;
Selection criteria of the grantees, mechanisms of grant–giving;
Monitoring ability, and the absorption capacity of NGOs;
Reporting and interacting with the Government and other institutions
- Increasing the impact of civil society in policy making and decision making;
- Capacity building of NGOs and mainly the grass roots organizations;
- Supporting vulnerable groups;
- Supporting Roma, Egyptian and other minorities;
- Promotion of volunteering and philanthropy;
- Gender Equality and increasing the level of social services;