|CIVIS MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
PEACE AND CRISES MANAGEMENT FOUNDATION
The Foundation was founded in 1992 in Zug (Switzerland) on the initiative of Mr. Boris Vukobrat, French businessman of Yugoslav origin. The principle idea of the Foundation is peaceful resolving of conflicts, eradication of all forms of national, religious, and any other hostilities, and the establishment and reinforcement of all forms of civil and democratic society, founded on the highest world standards. Foundation organized several conferences in order to raise the awareness of indispensable economic cooperation between the newly formed states on the territory of Former Yugoslavia. Since its creation, the Foundation has been conducting peace-making, humanitarian, publishing and media activities.
The Foundation, beside headquarter in Zug, has its offices in: Zagreb, Paris, Banja Luka and Belgrade. Peace and Crises Management Foundation is one of the initiators and founders of CIVIS Association, and since its establishment Foundation supports CIVIS’ work morally and financially.
PHILIA – ASSOCIATION OF MULTIETHNIC CITIES OF SOUTHEAST EUROPE
The Association was founded in 2003 deriving from the project of the Igman Initiative - a micro project for building cooperation between the cities in the triangle Tuzla-Osijek-Novi Sad, based on the Agreement on Interethnic Tolerance. The Association functionally answers the need to periodically compare experiences, analyze general problems and determine joint priorities for the activities of the civil society sector and local authorities on the improvement of interethnic tolerance and cooperation, based on the principals of The European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Basic Liberties, The European Charter on Local Self Government, The Charter of Paris on the New Europe, The Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities and finally, also based upon the principals of the Constitution of the European Union.
The PHILIA’s headquarter is in Novi Sad (Serbia) but PHILIA has its offices in all countries of the region of Southeast Europe: Croatia, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia.
PHILIA is one of the initiators and founders of CIVIS Association.
INSTITUTE ROBERT SCHUMAN FOR EUROPE
Institute Robert Schuman for Europe (IRSE) was founded in 1982 in French town Chantilly. The Institute was given among the first NGOs of Europe, precisely in 1987, status participative in the Council of Europe. The Institute cooperates from the beginning with the Association Robert Schuman from Say Shazelles (France), where the Robert Schuman’s museum -house is situated as well as the sieges of all associations, foundations and institutes, which promotes the European spirit. The words of R. Schuman are taken for symbols of the Institute’s mission: “United Europe announces universal solidarity of the future”! Institute promotes through various conferences, seminars, workshops and presentations democracy, the work of European institutions, civil society, European social policy, and the importance of regional cooperation in the directions: North-South, Euro-Mediterranean, Euro-Arabian, and Euro-African Union.
Its activities, the Institute realizes through:
- Directorates general in 16 countries of Europe;
- Directorate general for the religion and spirituality affairs;
- 21 national representative, respective individuals chosen to represent the mission and goals of the Institute;
- 4 special representative offices (in the Council of Europe, in the European Commission, In Geneva and in Luxemburg).
Centre for Regionalism, Forum of Democratic Alternative from Sarajevo and Civic Committee for Human Rights from Zagreb are the protagonists of the initiative for the founding of the movement of NGOs with the aim of relations’ normalization and reconciliation in the Dayton triangle among Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia (Kosovo). The movement was founded in Zagreb in November 2000 and it gathers over 140 NGOs from these countries.
The experience of the Igman Initiative in the relations’ normalization and reconciliation in the Dayton triangle represents the basis of the Civil dialogue.
The mission of the Igman Initiative is to promote and facilitate local and regional dialogue in the fields of politics, economy, and culture, to promote building of trust and to advocate for democratic values, to monitor and make pressure on the governments on the Dayton triangle to make environment faster normalization of relations, to create the area in which people can freely express their opinion, to feel comfortable in a dialogue and to act on behalf of their communities and finally to support initiatives in SEE which aims to transform this region in a zone of peace, cooperation and tolerance with open borders.
Civic Initiatives has been founded in May 1996 in Belgrade as Citizens Association for Democracy and Civic Education. Values of the Civic Initiatives are equality and equal opportunities, sharing with others, commitment, tolerance, solidarity, caring about people, setting up relationships and partnerships with people rather than imposing ourselves, and permanent education for all. CI focuses its activities on non-Belgrade NGOs, reaching out to smaller cities and rural localities throughout Serbia which is the reason for basing its work on cooperation with strong and independent local partners.
NGO “Civic Initiatives” works actively on development of youth programs, on civil society development, and on civic education programs. Publishes monthly newsletter “Mreza” and initiated the founding of Federation of NGOs of Serbia - FENS, by now most numerous network of NGOs in Serbia.
Civic Initiatives is one of the founders of CIVIS Association.
EUROPEAN MOVEMENT IN SERBIA
European Movement in Serbia (EMINS) is founded in 1992 in Belgrade and for this reason considered as one of the first NGOs in Serbia. The basic mission is to influence the public in Serbia to commit itself to building a democratic pluralist society, to achieve equality among people and their communities and to promote the European heritage and values, with support for processes and events in Serbia which will lead to this. EminS has implemented numerous projects dedicated to youth, to reform of state administration, to introduction of European standards and to promotion of European values and ideas in Serbian society. EminS developed a network of local councils - 26 offices throughout Serbia and publishes monthly newsletter "Europe plus". He activly publisj and develops its own research activity.
EMINS has been since 1993 a fullpledged member of European Movement International and by now has been helping foundation of several NGOs which had continoued its work independently.
EMINS is one of the founders of CIVIS Association.
STANDING CONFERENCE OF TOWNS AND MUNICIPALITIES
Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM) is a National association of local authorities in Serbia, founded since 1953 in Belgrade. The same year became member of the International Union of Local Authorities. The mission of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, as the national association of local governments in Serbia, is to create efficient, sustainable and democratic local government by joint efforts with towns and municipalities, and through achieving high quality performance in serving the needs of its members. SCTM implements projects directed towards strengthening of local and regional authorities through partnership, it actively supports development on the local level, participates in the reforms of local authorities in all its sections and develops strong relations with Council of Europe, European Commission est. SCTM actively participates in preparation of local authorities for the process of European integration.
SCTM is one of the founders of CIVIS Association.
THE CENTER FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF NON-PROFIT SECTOR
The Center for the Development of Non-Profit Sector is a non-governmental, independent, non-profit institution intended as a center for information and documentation, communication, counseling and research. It is a service organization meeting the needs of the non-profit, voluntary, non-governmental organizations in Serbia.
It was established in 1996, in order to aid in building, renewing of the non-profit sector and prompting the development of autonomous civil initiatives and civil society. The services for all the voluntary, non-profit organizations are free, and Center's activity does not interfere with the program and management structures of these organizations. The Center has its own Regional network of the Centers for the Development of Non-Profit Sector, has a rich publishing activity and most comprehensive Directorium og NGOs in Serbia.
The Center one of the founders of CIVIS Association.
MALTESER ASSISTANCE IN ALBANIA
Malteser Assistance in Albania (MNSH) is one of the leading Albanian relief organisation founded by German Maltesers (MALTESER HILFSDIENST -MHD) in 1995. MNSH operates in the north of Albania with its headquarter in Shkoder but also in Lezha and Tirana. Since its foundation, over 100 honorary members – youths and adults – have joined MNSH, and sacrificed their free time to work together with a small circle of full-time experts. The main activity of MNSH is focused on medical and social field. Members are organised in groups - the Malteser Youth Group (age 14-18), Civil Protection Group, trained to help during catastrophes and emergency situations and other groups according to the tasks to be fulfilled in medical and social field.
UNION OF THE NGOS LIBERTASK
Union of the NGOs “Libertask” was founded in 2006 in Podgorica (Montenegro). The Union arose as a result of the cooperation of non-governmental organizations with different programs but with the same aspiration for affirmation of idea - esteem of basic human rights, empathy and tolerance towards different standpoints among individuals and groups. The Union acts through programs of protection of primary human rights and prohibition of discrimination.
FORUM OF TUZLA CITIZENS (FTC)
Forum of Tuzla Citizens (FTC) was founded in 1993 in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina) as a result of the need and determination to preserve Bosnia and Herzegovina as a whole, independent and decentralised sovereign state, regulated upon parliamentary democratic principles, within its historical and geo-political borders, recognised by the international community, so that no part of its territory can be considered a part of national territory by any of its nations, as well as an answer to the growth of nationalism in its own surrounding. FTC is not a party association, and within it, citizens are gathering by their own free will and personal choice.
Forum’s fields of action are: interreligious understanding, local self-government, reconciliation and facing with past, minorities and human rights. Forum organized researches in the following fields: “Citizens and the state”, “The Quality of services of public administration”, “System of justice” and a campaign “Demilitarization”. Forum has 15 000 members.
MOTHER THERESA SOCIETY
The Humanitarian organization Mother Teresa was founded in 1990 in Pristina. It was founded with purpose of supporting vulnerable families of socio-economic situation created in Kosovo. The vision of the Society is to be an assisting factor in building open civil society where human values are cultivated and live freely in peace, mutual respect and tolerance. The main principles are: principles of charity, tolerance, love toward all people regardless of the ethnic background and peace building based on justice and reconciliation.
The Society works on development project, socio-economic and civil society projects.
CIVIC COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Civic Committee for Human Rights is an organization for protection of human rights. Its activity is defined by aims, but very often the frequency and the seriousness of the violation of human rights in given time influenced a lot on its work. Activities of the Civic Committee for Human Rights cover the scope of the rule of law, victim assistance, and return of refugees; facing the past, free elections and social rights.
Civic Committee for Human Rights represents Croatia in the International Federation of Leagues for Human Rights. Through this international organization,Civic Committee for Human Rights has its representative in the UN in Geneva, in the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg, in the International Criminal Court in Haag.
The activities of the Civic Committee for Human Rights are supported through different projects by many international and domestic institutions, foundations, organizations for protection of human rights and many individuals.
THE EUROREGIONAL CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY (CED)
The Euroregional Center for Democracy (CED) is a non-governmental organisation, that promotes democracy and stability in Central and South - Eastern Europe. CED is located in Timisoara, Romania. This multi-ethnic and multi-cultural space encourages the dialogue between individuals and institutions that promote democratic values. CED was founded by the Open Society Foundation Romania (OSF).
Objectives of CED are: to build and consolidate democracy, to promote partnership, to strengthen the institutional capacity of the NGO community, to raise regional community awareness. In fulfilling these objectives CED has gained experience in regional cross-border cooperation, in education for democracy projects, and in advocary and training projects.
Citizens’ Association CePraV – Centre of True Values
The Citizens’ Association CePraV is founded (Belgrade, 2009) by ten people gathered with an idea to motivate individuals in Serbia to be active, and to actively manage their carriers, advance, upgrade their knowledge and create better life in their environment.
The aim of the CePraV is to offer new possibilities and alternatives to individuals interested for continuing improvement and upgrading through counselling, professional seminars, consultation, courses and lectures.
Generation 21 exists since 2001. It was organized first as a non-formal group aiming to help education of politically active young people, to empower civil society, and give support to reforms, at the moment when the transition in Serbia started. With numerous projects, Generation 21 acted towards fulfilment of its aims especially through: promotion of young people who act as future leaders, alternative forms of education, international promotion of youth social scene in Serbia, as well as problems which they face with. During its existence, projects are implemented with the support of various foreign and domestic donors.
The Generation 21 goals are setup and improvement of environment for education and information of youth in order to create an open society, development of educational programs, establishment of stronger relations among young people in Serbia as well as international networking of youth, exchange of experience and knowledge, giving support to young people, promotion of youth projects.
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