The project “SOCIETIES 2 – Support Of CSOs In Empowering Technical skills, Inclusion of people with disabilities and Eu Standards in Western Balkans, 2nd phase” is a multi-annual project financed by European Commission and co-financed by Caritas organizations. The project is financed within the framework of the Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2018-2019.
The SOCIETIES 2 project has its “core service” in empowering civil society to actively take part in decision making and stimulating an enabling legal and financial environment for civil society and pluralistic media. The project is proposed by alliance for social inclusion, composed by 10 CSOs from Balkan region: Caritas Serbia, Civic Initiatives, Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina, Association of Parents and Children with Special Needs “Vedri Osmijeh”, Caritas Albania, Project Hope, Support Centre for Persons with Mental Disabilities – “Centre for Independent living”, Caritas Kosovo, Caritas Montenegro, Association of Paraplegic of Montenegro, with the external support of two EU organizations Caritas Italiana and Caritas Bulgaria.
The partners have worked together on different projects, sharing common values, joint mission and strategies and ones of the most active in the field of social inclusion of disadvantaged groups, experienced in implementing actions for PWDs by promoting social economy and empowerment of CSOs.
SOCIETIES partnership count also on the support of National and Local Authorities and Institutions as Associates, involved from the beginning in the definition and preparation of the project.
The consortium created the Action on the capitalization of past and ongoing activities in similar fields of work. In fact, it is called “SOCIETIES 2” as it represents the continuation, extension and upgrade of the regional project SOCIETIES, implemented in the same region, with the involvement of most of the Co-applicants.
Overallobjective of the project is to strengthen the CSOs’ participation in public dialogue with the Public Authorities and influence the decision-making processes, by increasing their expertise and capacities in the fields of social inclusion for PWDs and de-institutionalization policies.
Specific Objective 1: To increase CSOs’ capacities, accountability and effectiveness in managing social inclusion and de-institutionalization initiatives. and in promoting and advocating for social inclusion of PWDs, in line with the EU accession standards.
Specific Objective 2: To foster a conductive environment for civil society activities by establishing permanent structures and mechanisms for the cooperation and dialogue between CSOs and Public Authorities.
Project duration: 4 years (April 2020 – March 2024).
 Project “SOCIETIES – Support Of CSOs In Empowering Technical skills, Inclusion of PWDs and EU standards in South East Europe” (2016-2019, contract nr. 2015/370-229), granted through Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2014-2015 – Support to regional thematic networks of CSOs