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Better involvement of civil society in decision-making


Civil society organisations across Europe wish to be heard and gain more influence over decision-making processes at local, national and EU levels. With support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, they now have a plan for reaching their goal.

Mid-term NGO evaluation released


Our NGO programmes have increased the capacity of civil society in Central and Southern Europe and helped to mobilise citizens to voice their concerns and actively engage with governments.

EUR 20 million to fight poverty in Romania


‘Romania faces serious challenges relating to poverty and social exclusion, particularly among the Roma people. This is why we are allocating funds from the Norway Grants to improve their living conditions,’ said Minister Vidar Helgesen.

Creating a civic spirit


“We hope our initiative will help to create a civic spirit in Cojocna and serve as an example for other cities around Romania,” says Sorina Untu, Good Governance Officer for the ActiveWatch.

Increasing the capacity of Romanian NGOs


“Each NGO must find its own way, but by offering our know-how in volunteer management we hope to give them a clearer idea of how to organise volunteer activities more effectively,” says Nicoleta Chis-Racolta, Director at Cluj-Napoca Volunteer Centre.

Strengthening social dialogue


The Global Fund has made a valuable contribution to strengthening social dialogue and ensuring that beneficiary countries are better placed to address decent work objectives, such as life-long learning and improving health and safety at work.

Improving trust through education


“Both children and parents alike get to know each other through the project. This creates a stronger sense of trust within the local community,” says Andrei Dinu from the Romano ButiQ Association.