Thematic Fund for Civil Society Participation - Romania
The Thematic Fund linked to Civil Society Participation in Romania has the purpose to promote the contribution of civil society organizations as important actors in development and participation. This is to be achieved through Swiss-Romanian projects in the environment sector and through an NGO-Block Grant to support a number of smaller projects of Romanian NGOs in environment and social areas.
NGO Block Grant
The civil society of Romania in general, the NGOs and the vulnerable population in particular.
The NGOs represent 49% of the accredited suppliers of social services (e.g. home care) in Romania. Despite these figures the civil sector continues to be weak, having still limited advocacy capacity. After Romania joined the EU, the traditional international donors as USAID, DFID, SIDA and SDC phased out their support. The recent economic crisis worsened the financial basis of the nongovernmental sector. The access to the structural instruments is still very difficult for them. The EEA (European Economic Area) Financial Mechanism funded an NGO Fund that came at the right moment and had a good impact on the sector but could respond to a limited part of the NGOs sector needs only.
The objective of the Thematic Fund „Civil Society Participation“ is the promotion of the contribution of civil society organizations as important actors in development and participation.
Capacity building in project planning, monitoring and implementation is an objective of its own so that: i) the Swiss supported projects shall be implemented in timely manner and with high qualitative standards; and ii) capacities built with Swiss support may be used to implement projects financed through other financial sources.
(i): A portfolio of pre-defined projects in the field of environment already retained in the Framework Agreement; (ii): A financial provision which allows to flexibly finance additional projects that will be presented during the implementation of the Thematic Fund “Civil Society”; (iii): A Block Grant for the financing of small activities of the civil society/NGOs. (iv): A managing and capacity building body (Swiss Intermediate Body) which guarantees the good use of funds, the link to Swiss partners and the sustainability of the Swiss support activities.
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Project number: 7F-08040.01