Green-AL – Empower Grass-Root CSOs for Improved Innovative Environmental Protection in Albania

Green_AL focuses on the strengthening of small local CSOs networks and the creation of new opportunities of collaboration among CSOs, public authorities, and the private sector at local level, so to build a vibrant, empowered and collaborative civil society starting from the bottom to impact then the national level through a multi-stakeholders response.

The proposed project addresses the challenges and limitations of the local environmental CSOs that mainly relate to the needs for capacity building, improved organizational sustainability and professionalism, increased absorption rate of donor funded grants, improved capabilities to engage into effective partnerships, and a general need for learning how to engage in lobbying and advocacy so to influence decision-making within the environmental realm. To address such needs, the proposed action foresees a number of activities and events such as:

(a) CSO tailor-made capacity building for making them more professional and sustainable;
(b) Grant-giving and implementation;
(c) advocacy activities and preparation of policy documents, participation in round-tables and workshops to impact policy-making;
(d) a number of activities to increase partnerships, visibility and awareness such as multimedia products (documentaries, clips and infographic), publications, public events, etc.

All such activities encourage participation of the target groups, and for the most part adopt a regional approach, so to give grass-root organizations also (among other target groups) an opportunity to engage.

The project aims to involve the educational institutions, both high-schools and university departments, present in the project areas in order to enhance their role of guidance of advocacy processes based on evidence-based research. In the same time it directly targets communities, local private businesses, central or local authorities, which play a crucial role in environmental issues that needs to be taken into account.

Implemented by:
Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development (leading partner)
CISP (Il Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli)
VIS (Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo)
COSV (Coordinamento delle Organizzazioni per il Servizio)

Financed by:
SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency)

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