Regional cross-border cooperation

The Next Mile of the European Civil Society Infrastructure (Boosting the potential of Bulgarian and Romanian Civil Society Organisation to improve the Social Environment), 2006-2007


A project of the Open Society Institute - Sofia

Partners of OSI-S within this project are: Euroregional Centre for Democracy – Romania, European Roma Information Office – Brussels, Belgium, Civil Society Development Foundation – Hungary.

Strengthening of the role of Bulgarian and Romanian Third Sector in improving social environment through improved institutional capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) and stimulation of new forms of co-operation within and among them.

Target group
CSOs and their networks in Romania and Bulgaria, like service providers in the social sphere, organisations directly representing vulnerable groups, advocacy centres working for the interest of vulnerable groups, think-tanks, research and resource centres, policy makers engaged in the social sphere, representatives of vulnerable groups in Romania and Bulgaria, such as ethnic minorities (i.p. Roma), disabled persons (with physical and/or mental disabilities), children and young people with specific social problems (deviations, risk or criminal behaviour), whereas people suffering from double (multiple) marginalisation represent the project’s priority target group.

sa Research studies and publication of methodological and information materials (MIMs)
sa Training sessions on ‘Organizational development and sustainability’, ‘Participatory research and development’, ‘Advocacy skills’, ‘Networking skills’
sa A platform for delivery of consultations
sa Personnel exchange programmes among Romanian and Bulgarian CSOs and CSOs from EU countries
sa Publishing of the ‘Collection of Good Practices: Exchange of experience in the field of social services provision’
sa Web Portal http://nextmile.eu

The Regional Summer School for Youth Entrepreneurs
Between 11 and 16 September 2017, the Association for the Promotion of Women in Romania (APFR), together with the Euroregional Center for Democracy in Timișoara (CED), organized the Regional Summer School for Youth Entrepreneurs ”Antreprenor5Vest” at Secu Resort, Caraș-Severin.
Romanian – Norwegian cooperation for improving accessibility of universities and university libraries in Western Romania
Between 4 and 9 June, 2016, the Euroregional Center for Democracy (CED) made a study visit to Halden and Oslo, Norway, in order to set the ground for a Romanian-Norwegian know-how exchange, in the field of accessibility of universities and university libraries for people with disabilities.
The All-Inclusive Universities website
The Euroregional Center for Democracy (CED), in partnership with the School of Management in Fribourg, Switzerland, is launching the website of the project “All-inclusive universities: A project for enhancing the accessibility services of universities for students with disabilities”.
The Inclusive Campus Competition
The Euroregional Center for Democracy (CED) from Timisoara, Romania, and the School of Management in Fribourg, Switzerland, are launching a competition to select student organizations or initiative groups to conduct communication/advocacy campaigns in the university campuses of Timisoara.

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