SIGN for Sustainability
â€žSIGN for Sustainabilityâ€ project is implemented by SIGN Network of indigenous donors from Western Balkan and funded by the European Union through Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) Civil Society Facility (CSF), with the overall objective to increase sustainability and impact of civil society in Western Balkans in giving citizens a voice and influence over public sector reform processes.
To achieve this, partners will apply top-down and bottom-up approaches when tending to bring the change: decision makers will be targeted for relevant policy changes; on the other hand partners will work closely with indigenous and grassroots level civil society in order to ensure citizensâ€™ voice is heard and recognized and their trust in CSOs increased.
In particular the project is aiming to achieve following:
1. To contribute to development of more enabling environment for philanthropy development, corporate social responsibility (CSR), civic activism and inter-sector dialog on regional and national level.
2. To achieve greater citizen participation in decision-making on issues of public concern by improving transparency and accountability of CSOs.
SIGN Network project partners for implementation of â€œSIGN for Sustainabilityâ€ project are Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (Serbia), Community Development Foundation â€œMOZAIKâ€ (BiH), Fund for Active Citizenship â€“ fAKT (Montenegro), Center for Institutional Development â€“ CIRa (Macedonia) and FIQ (Kosovo), with VIA Foudation (Czech Republic) as EU member state partner.
The project activities revolve around three main issues: improving legal framework for philanthropy, transferring know-how and promotion of best practices, increasing support and engagement of citizens to CSOs.
Inception phase is envisaged to last six months and it will consist of five types of activities which are:
I) Baseline study research or compiling existing data for policy changes
II) Regional cooperation, networking and transfer of EU partner know-how
III) Promotion of national and regional networking and cooperation
IV) Developing minimum standards of fundraising for CSOs in the Western Balkans
V) Participation at opening and inception conferences.
Implementation phase of the project includes period of 42 months and includes activities that are designed to contribute to implementation of the overall strategy and main objectives of the project. The main activities in question are: organizing policy consultations/round tables, developing policy and legislative recommendations, promotion of national and regional networking and cooperation in local philanthropy, CSR and local resource mobilization, Sustainability Academy, National Philanthropy, CSR and Local Resource Mobilization High profile events , Regional Conference on local philanthropy, CSR and local resource mobilization, Regional Conference on local philanthropy, CSR and local resource mobilization, Sub-Grants for local actions in four project
Results and outputs of the Project
The main results expected in this Project are:
â€¢ Improved legal framework for philanthropy development, CSR and local resource mobilization in the region. The outputs of this result would be baseline studies about existing legislation and fiscal regulation and developed policy recommendations, policy and legislative recommendations for each of the countries
â€¢ Transferred and promoted know-how and best practices for philanthropy, CSR and local resource mobilization through national and regional CSO networks . The output of the result would be functional network for promotion of philantropy, 80 CSOs trained in fundraising from local resources , annual awards for companies, organizations, institutions and individuals with best strategies for philanthropy
â€¢ Increased support and engagement of citizens to CSOs actions addressing issues of public concern the output of which would be CSOs applying standards and demonstrating transparency in their fundraising activities, as well as providing annual reports showing increase in locally raised funds.