BCSDN Working on Strengthening and Sharing Experience on Monitoring the Enabling Environment in Enlargement Countries

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On 22nd and 23rd September, 2015, BCSDN organized a training for 15 representatives of its member organization and Executive Office staff on international and European non-profit law and regulatory best practices to deepen the knowledge of its members’ staff working on monitoring the enabling environment for civil society in their countries. Strengthening the knowledge and hands-on experience on these subjects is crucial to develop the in-country staff capacity to be able to promote, raise-awareness and train relevant stakeholders (representatives of Government, CSO, media, business etc.) in their country.

Led by Tina Divjak from CNVOS, Slovenia who is a prominent and experience legal expert, the training provided to discuss open issues and common understanding on all aspects of the operating space in which civil society works. The training allowed the participants to discuss and solve open issues regarding the regular monitoring exercise under the Monitoring Matrix and paved the way for discussing the test version of the new Monitoring Matrix back-end platform, which is intended to streamline the process of writing and reviewing the MM country reports by adding a system of coding and categorization of the reports. This system aims to address the need for standardization of quality of the country reports and to enable compressed and effective visual communication of findings and systematic presentation of changes in the enabling environment for CSDev on the level of standards across countries and years.

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