IDM: Bringing ASCS Closer to Civil Society

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The Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) published a paper aiming to encourage a process of discussions and a platform to strengthen the role and contribution of the Agency for Support of Civil Society (ASCS) as an influential mechanism for supporting civil society organizations and strengthening of democracy and sustainable development in Albania.

The Albanian government and civil society a year ago agreed on the main priorities and expressed their joint commitment to further consolidate the enabling environment for CSOs. Improving the regulatory framework and functional practices of the ASCS was one of the undertaken commitments by public and civil society stakeholders in the Conference “Social Partners – Time for Action” (16 December 2013). Despite the contribution of ASCS during the past five years in the advancement of the civil society sector in Albania, various challenges have been encountered related to its functioning, accountability, internal management, conflict of interest and compliance of its financing priorities with needs of CSOs.

The proposed solutions for a platform of civil society to improve the regulatory framework and contribution of ASCS for the development of civil society aim to encourage a well-informed consultative process. This document identifies and provides an analysis of the main challenges of ASCS, presenting alternatives to be further discussed with the civil society sector.

This paper was prepared by IDM in the framework of the project “Balkan Civil Society Acquis – Strengtheningthe Advocacy and Monitoring Potential and Capacities of CSOs”, led by BCSDN and financially supported by the European Union.

The full report is available in English and Albanian language.

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