On 27th April, the network gathered for its Annual Council meeting in Split, Croatia. The 11 attending representatives reviewed the work of the network in previous year and approved the independent auditor for the period 2012-2014. The highlight was the discussion and adoption of the Mid-term Strategy Plan 2012-2014, which was based on a year-long process or discussion and preparation. After more than a decade of capacity-building and advocacy work, the Mid-term Strategy Plan includes re-defined mission, and 4 mid-term goals.
BCSDN mission is to empower civil society and influence European and national policies towards more enabling environment for civil society development in order to ensure sustainable and functioning democracies in the Balkans.
BCSDN objectives are to:
1. Increased role of civil society by strengthening its voice in policy- and decision-making on national, regional and EU level;
2. Promoted civil dialogue between civil society actors, state institutions and the European Union in order to influence public policy;
3. Developed advocacy knowledge and skills of civil society actors as a base for greater impact; and
4. Strengthened communication, coordination and cooperation between civil society actors in the Balkan region.
Through establishing a regional monitoring system on enabling environment for CSDev, advocacy on the funding, economic and fiscal-related policies and improved civil dialogue, promotion of sustainable exit strategy of foreign donors, support to advocacy capacity-building of local CSOs and improved 3Cs (communication, coordination and cooperation), the Plan will allow the network to consolidate its work in the next 3 years and direct the development of civil society towards the needs of local organizations and actors as well as provide for a structured, consistent pressure to national institutions. The full document is available here. You can also watch this short Prezi presentation. The main change to the Statute introduced at the meeting is the establishment of an independent Executive office, which was so far housed and managed by one of its members (MCIC from Macedonia). The full consolidated Statute is available here.