Info Days 2011

 

Info Days presenting tenders for projects initiated by civil society organisations which are funded from the state budget were held on the 31st March and 1st April at the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport in Zagreb. The Info Days, organised by the Croatian Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs in cooperation with other public sector donors, were held for the second year running and gave the opportunity to ministries, government offices and the National Foundation for Civil Development to present their tenders to all interested NGOs.
 
Opening speeches at the Info Days were given by the Head of the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs Mr. Igor Vidačak, State Secretary at the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport Mr. Želimir Janjić, and the Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Slobodan Uzelac. All the speakers outlined that Croatia recognised the importance of cooperation with civil society organisations and has set-up a legal and institutional framework through which various support mechanisms for CSOs are made available. It is worth noting that 50% of revenue from lottery funds is directed to financing CSO programmes and projects, and that over the last three years more than 70 tenders per year were published by public bodies. Moreover, in 2010 some 500 million kuna were made available from the state budget, which despite the recession, is only 5.5% lower than in 2009. One of the areas on which a lot of focus was placed is capacity building of state administration bodies to evaluate the impact of CSO projects and programmes in the field, in accordance with national priorities. This was singled out as the weakest link in the entire process of financing civil society organisations.
 
The topics covered during the two day event were (please note that the presentations are in Croatian):
 
Thursday, 31st May 2011
 
Protection and promotion of human rights and gender equality, as well as free legal advice
 
  • Office for Human Rights, Government of the Republic of Croatia, Presentation
  • Office for Gender Equality, Government of the Republic of Croatia, Presentation
  • Ministry of Justice, Presentation
 
 
Support to national minority NGOs
 
 
 
Encouraging the activities of Friendship Associations 
 
 
 
Culture 
 
 
Care for Persons with Disabilities, Social Care and Health
 
  • Ministry of Health and Social Care, Presentation
  • Ministry of Family, War Veterans and Intergenerational Solidarity, Presentation
 
 
Democratisation and Civil Society Development 
 
 
 
Friday, 1st April 2011
 
 
Co-financing of Projects and Programmes Contracted within EU Programmes for 2011
 
  • Office for Cooperation with NGOs, Government of the Republic of Croatia, Presentation
 
 
Consumer Protection 
 
  • Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship, Presentation
 
 
Extra-Institutional Education of Children and Youth
 
  • Ministry of Family, War Veterans and Intergenerational Solidarity, Presentation
  • Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, Presentation
  • Office for Combating the Use of Drugs, Government of the Republic of Croatia, Presentation
 
 
Environmental Protection and Other Fields
 
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction, Presentation
  • Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund, Presentation
  • Ministry of Tourism, Brochure
  • Ministry of Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure, Brochure
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Rural Development, Presentation