Project Generation Facility (PGF) was implemented in Croatia in the period 1st of January 2013 to 31st of December 2016 as one of the components of the Open Society Institute initiative “Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma” (MtM). PGF in Croatia was implemented by the Consortium selected by the Open Society Institute as a National Partner, consisting of: Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance Vukovar (CfP), Roma Youth Organization – ROM and Volunteer Center Osijek Osijek (VCO).
The main beneficiaries of PGF were Roma organizations competing with projects for EU funds either individually or in partnership with other Roma or non-Roma CSOs, central and/or local authorities, public organizations, international organization and private companies. Beneficiaries of PGF support could also be non-Roma CSOs, smaller local self-government units and smaller and medium entrepreneurs.
This brochure contains an overview of successfully implemented projects in the Republic of Croatia in the period 2013 – 2016.
Within the scope of the PGF Croatia Project,a meeting of the Roma Youth Initiative - MIR was organized in Zagreb on 01 December 2016 by the partner organization in the PGF Croatia Consortium- Roma Youth Organization - ROM. The meeting was organized as one of the activities planned within the framework of PGF Croatia. The meeting was attended by employees of the Center for Peace - Vukovar, Milena Babic and Ivana Juricevic, employees of ROM - Sinisa-Senad Music and Sindirela Bobaric and members and founders of the MIR Cedo Todorovic, Elham Memedi, Orhan Memedi and Etem Fazli. The meeting was organized in order to discuss the activities of MIR, the formalization of the Initiative and plan future joint activities. The meeting was in part attended by Tatjana Peric from OSCE/ODIHR program.
The meeting was organized with the financial support of Open Society Foundations Budapest.
Within the framework of the PGF Croatia project, PGF Croatia Consortium, made up of the Centre for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance Vukovar, Roma Youth Organization - ROM and Volunteer Center Osijek, organized a three-day training education "School for NGOs". The training education was intended for representatives of non-profit organizations working to improve the quality of life of the Roma community in Croatia. The training education was held from 15 to 17 November, 2016 at Hotel Osijek in Osijek.
The aim of the education was to increase the knowledge and skills of Roma organizations representatives to manage administrative and financial operations of non-profit organizations in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Topics of the education were: Law on Financial Business and Accounting of Non-Profit Organizations; Regulations on Non-Profit Accounting and Accounting Plan; Single Entry Bookkeeping and Application of the Money Measurement Accounting Principle; The Law on Associations and the Regulations of the Croatian Register of Associations.
The training was attended by 20 participants and was conducted by the employees of the Volunteer Center Osijek, Tatjana Vidaković Gal, Snježana Mirosavljević and Jelena Stefanović, with the participation and support of Danka Katanić, the accountant of the Center for Peace - Vukovar.
From 7 to 11 November 2016, PGF Croatia project team, consisted of Milena Babic and Ljubomir Mikic, members of the Center for Peace - Vukovar and Sinisa-Senad Music, Sindirela Bobaric and Alen Beganovic, employees Roma Youth Organization - ROM, conducted a study visit to the partner organizations that implement PGF projects in Serbia and Macedonia.
The study tour began with a visit to the Educational and Cultural Association Romanipen in Kragujevac. The meetings with representatives, members and associates of Romanipen organization were conducted between 7-8 November. Topics of the meetings were PGF support provision to beneficiaries through PGF mechanisms, the role of the partner on the project in reference to the promotion of PGF activities at regional and national level, communication with beneficiaries, PGF support exit strategy and possibilities of cooperation between PGF partners from Serbia, Macedonia and Croatian in the future.
In the second part of the study tour, from 09 to 11 November, visits were organized to three beneficiary organizations of PGF Macedonia in Kumanovo - National Roma Centrum - NRC, Daja and CRZ DROM. The project team visited the partner organization, Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC) in Skopje, where a joint meeting of PGF teams from Croatia and Macedonia was held. The topics discussed during the meeting related to PGF exit strategy, plans for PGF project sustainability, the roles of partner organizations and their activities, capacities and types of beneficiary’s support, as well as the structure of the PGF support mechanisms.
On the last day of the study visit, a meeting was organized in the premises of the InSoC organization (Initiative for Social Change), discussing the topics of opportunities to continue to provide PGF support after the end of PGF project and possibilities of cooperation through regional and collaborative projects in the future.
The National Foundation for Civil Society Development issued an open invitation to the Week of philanthropy, to be organized in Croatia for the first time from September 24 to October 1, 2016 in seven Croatian cities: Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka, Split, Pula, Karlovac and Gospic.
On the first day of the Week of philanthropy in Croatia, on Saturday, September 24 from 10.00 - 14.00 hrs in Zrinjevac Park, numerous events will be offered to citizens in Zagreb. A walk through the park will provide them an opportunity to learn more about the work of foundations involved in the Croatian Forum of Foundations ‘ZaDobroBIT!’, and through music, interactive games, surveys, entertaining gifts, conversations and other entertainment a way to get acquainted with the concept of philanthropy and examine their philanthropic tendencies.
We would like to draw attention to the round-table discussion entitled "Organized philanthropy in Europe and Croatia", which will be organized on Saturday, September 24 from 11.00 - 13.00 hrs at the Hotel Dubrovnik in Zagreb (Gajeva 1, ‘Centrum’ conference room). The round-table discussion will present cross-border donations, networking of foundations in Europe and “Giving in Europe” research publication and will gather foreign and domestic experts and heads of major donor institutions to discuss key issues of philanthropy today.
A number of public events, philanthropic walks, fairs, exhibitions, concerts, conferences and meetings in the open will be organized during the other six days across Croatia, as well as the opening of the first Philanthropic center in Croatia in Rijeka and many other interesting events.
The program of the first Week of philanthropy in Croatia can be found here.
More information about the first Week of philanthropy in Croatia can be found here.
Source: National Foundation for Civil Society Development
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Assistance Vukovar. The Project Generation Facility is a component of the initiative "Making the Most of
EU Funds for Roma". The project is funded by Open Society Foundations – Budapest.