“Participation and inclusion for responsible development”

We are pleased to announce that the 5th edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum will be organized on 24-25 October 2012 in Bucharest, Romania.

This year the main theme of the event is “Participation and inclusion for responsible development”.

The discussions of the Forum will be structured around 3 main topics:

–       social entrepreneurship and community development in rural areas

–       transparency and public integrity

–       youth policies and youth development

As every year special sessions will be dedicated to discussions on regional civil society cooperation and networks, as well as to EU and intergovernmental cooperation.

 

The Black Sea NGO Forum was launched in 2008 by FOND (Federation of Romanian NGOs for Development) with the support of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Representation of the European Commission in Romania, in the framework of the Black Sea Synergy.  The Forum aims at increasing the level of dialogue and cooperation among NGOs in the wider Black Sea Region, strengthening the NGOs capacity to influence regional and national policies and to increase the number and quality of regional partnerships and projects.

 

The previous editions focused on good practices in various fields and countries and successful cooperation initiatives in the region, the main challenges and opportunities in the region and brought together more than 600 participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Turkey, Ukraine, Romania, Russia, and other EU member states active in the wider Black Sea region.

The Black Sea NGO Forum is complementary to and entails different objectives from other regional initiatives (for instance the more recently launched Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum). It looks for creating synergies, avoiding overlapping activities and making full use of the civil society potential in the region.

Our vision, as civil society is that, historically, the Black Sea has been rather a cooperation medium than a barrier. Naturally it has allowed for communication and exchange (either cultural or economic). Non-governmental organizations in the region are very similar, in terms of origin, path and challenges they are facing. There are numerous lessons learnt and expertise which are worth sharing. Non-governmental organizations have the vocation to act jointly to bring positive social change for both their countries and for the region as a whole.

There are three main defining elements of this Forum, within the Black Sea Synergy framework:

  • The focus of the Black Sea NGO Forum is on non-governmental organizations as a particular transformative force throughout the region, bearers of democratic values and advocates of open societies, human and social rights, peace and solidarity throughout the region.
  • The Black Sea NGO Forum aims to bring together NGOs from all the countries in the wider Black Sea region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine), as a forum for specialized regional dialogue and cooperation and with other non-governmental organizations and institutions active in the region.
  • The Forum brings around the same table a broader constituency: civil society, EU and international donors and officials from the region or involved in the region, thus supporting capacity building for these actors in order to overcome current gaps in access to information and funds, as well as in implementation practices.

Since its very first edition the Black Sea NGO Forum has developed a particular attention on developing and strengthening specialized regional NGO networks.  That is one of the elements of complementarity with the EaP Civil Society Forum which focuses on national platforms of CSOs.

Developments in the EU neighbourhood continue to reveal the essential role of civil society and its potential as a positive force for change.

The 5th edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum will take place in Bucharest on 24-25 October 2012. This year the main theme of the even is “Participation and inclusion for responsible development”.

The discussions of the Forum will be structured around 3 interconnected topics:

–       social entrepreneurship for rural and community development

–       transparency and public integrity

–       youth policies and youth development

As every year special sessions will be dedicated to discussions on regional civil society cooperation and networks, as well as to EU and intergovernmental cooperation.

 

Interested NGO representatives working in the region on the specific topics of this year’s event are invited to participate. A small number of full travel and accommodation grants are available.

For more information and details please contact Ms. Oana PERJU, Event Organiser  oana.perju@fondromania.org

Application forms are available here.

 









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