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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.
A call for bids for a review of the Norway Grants funding to Decent work and Tripartite dialogue is now open.
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.
‘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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
“Our activities help create life in public spaces, foster interaction between people, and give something back to the local community,” says Miruna Tîrcă, President of the Komunitas Association.
“After my breast cancer surgery I was just sent home and asked to relax. Here at the hospice, I receive the treatment and therapy I need to recover properly,” says Manuela, one of the patients at the Hospice Casa Sperantei in Bucharest.