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Sub-grants awarded through the ICEDA Small Grants Scheme LOT 1 and established ICEDA national networks

Sub-grants awarded through the ICEDA Small Grants Scheme LOT 1 and established ICEDA national networks

NGO 35mm and the project partners, through the project “Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA”, co-funded by the European Union, are pleased to inform you that 15 sub-grants (small grants) have been awarded through the first cycle of the small grant scheme LOT 1: Awarding sub-grants for e-Government Support Centers.

The 15 small grants were awarded to 3 civil society organizations from Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia, which in the upcoming period, as part of the ICEDA network, will work on the establishment and management of civic centers for e-Government support where they will help their target groups use certain e-services and spread digital literacy.

Below you can find more information about the awarded small grants and the CSOs who have also become part of the ICEDA network, through which they will work together to promote digital literacy, skills, and inclusion at the regional, national, and local levels.

Albania

  • Artivista Center : “Digital Agenda Applied for Local Development” in partnership with Nehemiah Gateway Albania, aims at increasing the engagement of CSOs in the shaping and implementation of the Digital Agenda in the two local communities Prrenjas and Pogradec. The project will focus on doing research and analysis to mobilize the project, the establishment and operating of the Digital Agenda Applied Locally – DAAL Centers in the school Nehemiah Gateway Albania (Pogradec), and conceptualizing and implementing a Digital Literacy campaign in both municipalities.
  • Epoka e Re (New Epoch) : “E-Governance – Youth for Community – “EG-Y4C” “ aims at providing innovative access to public information and other services by youth for the community and vulnerable groups, and increasing the civic engagement and access to public services in the 9 rural Administrative Units of Fier Municipality. To achieve these goals, apart from establishing an e-Government support center in the Youth Center Epoka e Re (Fier Municipality), they will organize focus group discussions with the Administrative units of Fier Municipality in order to gather information about the difficulties citizens face in accessing different public services, workshops with municipality representatives on the most requested services by citizens and their potential for digitalization, development of the Fier Local Platform FLP, training for e-services of the municipality, workshops for the media on the new platform and the new e-services, and raising awareness activities.
  • European Youth Association : “Promoting the Digital Services for Citizens in Elbasan and Durres” in partnership with Posta Shqiptare Sha (Albanian Post s.a), aims at providing the citizens with wide access to the e-services of the government through the Postal Service. They are going to establish the e-support center for citizens within the Albanian Post premises and will assist the citizens in using 33 e-services. The project aims at achieving its goals also through the establishment and training of a Pool of Volunteers who will hold stands for assisting the citizens in the Albanian post, promotion of the easy access of the services through social media and short presentations, and setting up a social media profile and interactive web page.

Kosovo

  • Democracy Plus : “Fix my community through ndreqe.com” ‘s main objective is to foster online civic participation through engaging citizens to report their complaints and increase responsiveness from institutions. In partnership with the Municipalities of Obiliq, Fushë Kosovë, and Vushtrri, they will foster the creation of E-Government Support Centers in each of the municipalities in order to report issues via ndreqe.com. The project will also increase the responsiveness of Kosovo municipalities in addressing issues reported by citizens on the platform.
  • Forum for Civic Initiatives : “CSOs going Digital” in the next 18 months will cooperate with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Public Administration – Department of CSO, to make it possible for all CSO-s to register and use the online portal ojq.rks-gov.net. They will open a small office within the Department where they will provide on-spot support for CSO on how to use the portal and other details for the service. Moreover, the team behind FIQ will work on increasing the capacities of CSO-s and media regarding the Digital Agenda.
  • Kosovo Youth Council : “Sporteli2” in cooperation with the non-profit organization edIT will start the development of a user-friendly portal as part of the project “Sporteli24” which aims to facilitate the access by providing guidelines to e-services for citizens thus increasing quality in receiving online E-governmental services. This platform will also be an integrated part of the institutionalized platform where the e-services are published. The project will hold a lot of outreach activities to promote the usage of e-services offered by public institutions. The organization will be working with all public institutions to list their services,  however close collaboration will be with the Agency for Information and Society.

Montenegro

  • Center for Youth Education : “E-services 4 Me” sensitizes the awareness rising about e-services and their benefits, along with the establishment of the center that will have close cooperation with the Municipality of Podgorica. It will be the first local and professional e-center in the city. The main activity of the e-center will be focused on supporting the promotion, development, and transparency of e-services in this Municipality. Step by step instructions for the already existing e-services of Podgorica will be available at the center’s premises, as well as help via phone, and via email. The center will also promote the already existing services to the citizens while targeting the younger population through social media promotion. Through their cooperation with the Municipality, CYE will closely work on supporting the development of at least one new e-service for the citizens that would be focused on young entrepreneurs.
  • Roma youth organization “Walk with us- Phiren Amenca” : “E-center Digital Classroom” has a strong partnership with the primary school ‘’Božidar Vuković Podgoričanin’’. They will establish an e-center located within the school’s premises and it aims to reduce the digital divide between the Roma and non-Roma population. The center will serve as a constructive support system in accessing and running Government e-services used in education. Within the center, teachers and students will get assistance on how to navigate in online space as well as on how to use the Government education-related e-services. Within the e-center and with the support of their partner school, Digital classroom will work on preparing, publishing, and distributing to the schools the Handbook for digital teaching that will consist of concrete guidelines for creating digital and innovative content on Governmental educational platforms as well as clear instructions for e-services used by teachers dnevnik.edu.me.
  • Super Hub Pljevlja : “Digitalizing The North” will work on establishing an e-center within the local startup center with the support of the Municipality of Pljevlja, and help with using the existing e-services within the eGovernment portal will be available to the citizens of Pljevlja every working day from 11 am to 2 pm.  Besides, free consulting and support services for startup entrepreneurs, innovators, and interested teams will be available at all times. The organization will also create training for the local officials, and a  media series of 12 shows that will cover specific e-services and will be broadcasted at the local TV station, as well as available online, taking into consideration that a lot of elderly people watch TV, especially in the rural areas.

North Macedonia

  • Association for Citizen’s Tolerance and Cooperation (ACTAC) : “E-service as a Self-Service Shop” aims at sensitizing the citizens about the possibilities of the Digital Agenda and the use of e-services. The activities will cover the municipalities of Prilep and Dolneni where the target group is the population with a low socio-cultural standard, Roma people, illiterates and/or “technically illiterate people”, the elderly, people with long-term unemployment, people with basic IT literacy, people from disabling environments, rural ethnic and confessional mixed population. The project will establish 3 types of info center: physical in Prilep (open for citizens 3 days per week), online (informative, educational and support platform for the use of e-services and production and broadcasting 18 educational multimedia products for e-services); mobile (20 traveling info sessions on 20 different locations for providing on-spot support to the citizens for the usage of specific e-services and digital skills).
  • Rural Coallition “Digitalization in agriculture – NOW!” aims at increasing trust in the institutions of the system by increasing the use and quality of e-services by the local community. This will be achieved through increasing the visibility of issues related to the Digital Agenda in the sector of agriculture and rural development, improvement of the level of digital literacy and knowledge of digital tools and services to the rural population in North Macedonia, but also through strengthening the online trust and security of the e-services system through establishment and practice of digital tools and communication. Local media will be also involved in the part of presentation and promotion of Digital Agenda on the local level, while by creating a rural digital platform and establishment the local e-support center in Kichevo, the project will contribute towards increasing the quality and comprehensibility of e-services, but also increasing the percentage of their utilization by the rural population. The project activities will be implemented in 5 regions in the country (Pelagonia, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, and Polog region) and the organization will have direct cooperation and support from the Ministry of agriculture, forestry and water supply, and the municipalities Vrapchishte and Krivogashtani, in order to ensure a systematic approach in the digitalization of the sector.
  • SmartUp – Social Innovation Lab : “Inclusive and successful digital transformation for all – “DIGIT-ALL” “ aims at establishing an operational e-government support center under the City of Skopje and developing a support program for citizens for using the e-services that the City offers. The Center will be established in the frame of the already existing Info Center as part of the premises of the City of Skopje and will be open for the public from Mon-Friday 10 am – 15 pm. The activities of the e-center are complementary with the Info Center activities, as many citizens recognize it as a “help center” for issues regarding city administration services, and the main focus would be on providing support for the usage of the E-tax system, e-submission for subsidies (Inverter subsidies, Bicycle subsidies. Subsidies for e-scooters, Subsidies for pellet stoves) and submitting e-applications for financial support (grants) from the budget of the City of Skopje for CSOs and individuals (Public call for projects in the field of education, sports, culture, business incubators, and innovation centers, the interest of young people, associations and foundations – NGOs, and social, child and health care.). Apart from these activities, the project also focuses on the redesign of specific e-services and digital applications for citizens that are provided by the City of Skopje.

Serbia

  • Center for Social Integration : “Digitization – a link for the future” in partnership with the City of Vranje aims at educating the citizens, with the accent on vulnerable groups, in order for them to acquire basic digital skills and create audio/video guide on a web platform with instructions on how to use the e-Government portal. They intend to achieve this through educational workshops with citizens (especially members of vulnerable groups and lower social classes) on the basics of using the Internet, web browsers, email addresses, MS-office, and e-Government. They foresee the creation of an interactive web portal as an e-Government support center for the needs of practical instructions to citizens on how to use the e-Government portal, development of a manual on basic digital competencies, and creation of an easy-to-understand and efficient audio/video content showing the use of the Internet and e-Government, step by step. Through this project, the organization will establish an e-Government support center on its premises in the City of Vranje.
  • Deli – Space for creative activity : “eGovernment in the City of Nis” in partnership with the Local Economic Development and Projects office of the City of Nis, aims at promoting the Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans at the local level with the focus on local eGovernment usage and its further development in partnership with the Local Economic Development and Projects office of the City of Niš and local media. Through this project, the organization will establish an e-Government support center on its premises in the City of Nis. They will also work on increasing the usage of the existing local e-services of the City of Nis by the citizens through their direct presentations on the counters of public administration and in rural areas. Deli will be a recording video tutorial on the existing local e-services and broadcasting of them in partnership with the local media and social media activities. 
  • SINHRO : “Promoting Digital Agenda and e-Services in the City of Pancevo” in partnership with the City of Pancevo and CSO “Center for education and education – CETRA”, aims at strengthening the capacities of the local CSOs and media for promoting issues arising from the Digital Agenda, and empowering the participation, role and influence of the CSOs and citizenship in the further development of efficient local and national e-Government systems. It also aims at increasing the citizen demand for usage of quality local and national e-services through education and awareness-raising in the City of Pancevo. Through this project, the organization will establish an e-Government support center on its premises in the City of Pancevo.

The project “Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA” is implemented by the Metamorphosis Foundation (North Macedonia), the Academy of e-Governance (Estonia), Levizja Mjaft! (Albania), CRTA – Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (Serbia), NGO 35mm (Montenegro) and ODK – Open Data Kosovo (Kosovo). The project is being implemented with financial support from the European Union.

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: Bids for the procurement of services for the preparation of Investigative articles for the Digital Agenda

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: Bids for the procurement of services for the preparation of Investigative articles for the Digital Agenda

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For the purposes of the project Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA, co-financed by the European Union and based on the Grant Contract with ref. no. IPA/2019-414-059, NVO 35MM opens a

CALL FOR SUBMISSION OF BIDS
for the procurement of services for the preparation of Investigative articles for the Digital Agenda

 

NVO 35 MM is seeking to contract Investigative journalists who will be engaged to produce Investigative articles about the Digital Agenda.

In total 6 investigative articles will be published in the span course of three years, i.e. 2 per year.

The investigative articles should be focused on the impact of certain developments or situations on the lives of the ordinary citizens and the institutions to incite media interest and promote public debate (such as improving the efficiency of certain eGovernment applications or reporting on needs of citizens that have been met elsewhere through such solutions).

The articles will contribute to reaffirming and upholding the Digital Agenda through systematic fact-based investigative articles about issues directly affecting the quality of life of citizens in the Western Balkans. This activity will directly tackle the evident absence of fact-based media content that includes expert analysis mainstreaming the issues related to the Digital Agenda in the Western Balkans.

The journalists will conduct the investigative work and placement in Montenegro, where the articles will be based on.

Essential experience and qualification:

  • University degree or professional certifications for Journalism;
  • Applicants need to have a proven track record of at least 3 years’ experience in the field of Journalism;
  • Evidence of having done similar work previously (2 samples of investigative articles).

Key skills:

  • Good writing skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of Montenegrin language and English knowledge;
  • Good reporting and research skills;
  • Good understanding of the concept of digitalization.

The organization reserves the right to contract multiple journalists for this Call.

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to snezana35mm@gmail.com with the subject: Application for investigative articles – ICEDA.

All applications must be submitted by September 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Note that only the selected journalist/s will be contacted.

The full description of the Call, as well as the application forms, can be found at the following links:

  1. Terms Of Reference for Journalists_MNE
  2. Appendix 1 – Financial offer
  3. Appendix 2 – Declaration for acceptance of the conditions from the tender documentation
  4. Appendix 3 – Declaration by which the tenderer confirms that they meet the criteria for determining the personal status

    The“Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA” project is co-funded by the European Union and is implemented by Metamorphosis FoundationOpen Data Kosovo (ODK)e-Government Academy (eGA), Center for Research, Transparency, and Accountability – CRTALëvizja MJAFTNVM 35 MM.

Request for Applications – Grants for Civil Society Organizations

Request for Applications – Grants for Civil Society Organizations

ICEDA is delighted to announce this Call for Applications to provide support to CSOs to promote the Digital Agenda through the first Small Grants Scheme Cycle LOT 1: Awarding of sub-grants for the e-Government Support Centers, awarding 15 small grants to CSOs from Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia (the target is approximately 3 grants per country), in the range between EUR 13.000 to EUR 17.000 per grant. The duration for the implementation of the individual grants is 18 months.

More information can be found in the Announcement for the Call for proposals.

The full description of the Call, as well as the application forms, can be found at the following links.

Information Sessions

An online information session for potential applicants will be organized by the ICEDA project Partners, in the form of webinars for up to 1 hour. One information session will be held within each of the five Western Balkans countries, conducted in local languages.

For Montenegro, the session would be held on the 10th of September 2020 at 10:00 AM (follow @NVO35mmEmisijaRobinHud for more information).

Follow the Facebook and Twitter pages of the project for more information.

Where to apply and send the documents?

Applicants that would need clarifications or need additional information about the Call for proposals are invited to send them by e-mail to iceda@metamorphosis.org.mk before 15.09.2020 so they can receive the responses in time before the final deadline for submitting the project proposal.

Deadline for applying: 30.09.2020 by 23:59 CET.

The applications should be sent exclusively by e-mail to iceda@metamorphosis.org.mk. Application forms must be completed using the English language.

 

The “Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA” project is co-funded by the European Union and is implemented by Metamorphosis FoundationOpen Data Kosovo (ODK)e-Government Academy (eGA), Center for Research, Transparency, and Accountability – CRTALëvizja MJAFTNVO 35 MM.

NGO “35mm”, Narrative report 2016

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In 2016 NGO “35mm” was mainly focused on three areas:

1. combating for citizens’ rights through TV show “Book of complaints” (Knjiga žalbi) broadcasted on National television service of Montenegro;
2. promoting tolerance in everyday life with memory on Holocaust through “Festival of tolerance”;
3. supporting marginalized groups in Montenegrin society to exercise their human rights and freedoms they already have as workers, patients, and consumers through project “Marginalized by the system: No more” and
4. exploring how young people and youth work can benefit from the creation of genuine youth documentaries by project “Balkan without Hate”.

TV show “Book of complaints” (Knjiga žalbi)

The ninth season of the unique product – TV show “Robin Hood” successfully finished in 2015, so this franchise has had a successful spin off – “Book of complaints”. At 2016 “Book of complaints” confirmed commitment to a Citizen and solving of its problems in the form of half-hour TV show, which was, just like the previous one, each week a successful mediator between those citizens who had presented their problems and institutions.

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During the 2016 TV show “Book of complaints” focused mainly on topics of general interest, which were also related to the European integration of Montenegro, and especially for the rule of law. Through specific and individual cases which were represented to public “Book of complaints” supported citizens to gain rights that they have in the area of employment, judiciary, environment, health care, consumption and trade, etc. The show hosted 19 stories such as those about workers from company “Mašinopromet” because of the unpaid wages, workers from “Beds industry” because of the bankruptcy in that company and also worker from company “Mermer” who get hurt on his work and had problems after that with salary. Also “Book of complaints” was resolving cases related to rights of children with disabilities, journalist rights and working conditions in media in Montenegro, the situation in maternity hospitals, right to a fair trial, the right to protection of the environment, right of consumers, patients etc. The show presented cases of discrimination towards persons because of theirs gender, sex, nationality etc.

The TV show “Book of complaints” also served as voice of civil sector with reporting about and presenting projects, activities or initiatives of NGOs, related to the topic we investigated.

“Festival of tolerance”

In partnership with the organization of the Jewish Film Festival Zagreb, NGO “35mm” were organized the “Festival of Tolerance”, which took place in KIC “Budo Tomović” in the period from 30th May to 1st June 2016.

“Festival of tolerance”, was conceived as a film festival, with the rich accompanying program that includes film screenings, themed exhibitions, education and discussions aimed at the memory of the Holocaust, as well as raising awareness and adoption of tolerance in everyday life and the times in which we live.

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As part of the film program, showing a total of 12 titles from the categories of feature, documentary, short and animated films, of which 10 produced or co-produced in the EU, as it is displayed and one domestic film, Montenegrin production.

Six films directly dealt topics of the Holocaust and the Second World War, while the other six covering a wide range of topics, from the position of women in today’s society, through neo-Nazism and violence against immigrants, to the causes and consequences of World War II and the LGBT community.

Montenegrin audience also had the opportunity to look at some of the favourites with audiences of Ljubljana and Zagreb edition of the festival (Drawing Against Oblivion), the Oscar-winning titles (A Girl and the River: The Price of Forgiveness / The girl in the river: Price forgiveness), with over 40 films awards to festivals around the world (Bienvenidos) or a film of domestic production (The Righteous / righteous).

The project is co-financed by the Fund for the citizens of Europe – European memory/EACEA European Remembrance.

“Marginalized by the system: No more”

The project “Marginalized by the system: No more” as main product has activity Civic Institute, which represents a tool for citizens of Montenegro to report if some of their rights are violated. Goal of the project is to support marginalized groups in Montenegrin society to exercise their human rights and freedoms they already have as workers, patients, and consumers. The project directly contributes to mentioned groups whose rights were violated, to seek and receive respect and fulfilment of rights they have, addressing nongovernmental organizations and institutions that are part of the network and members of Civic Institute.

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Civic Institute provides direct information, legal and other forms of assistance to workers, patients and consumers. Furthermore, Civic Institute involves relevant institutions in a dialogue about the status of workers, patients and consumers. Civic Institute also monitors and reports about violation of rights of workers, patients, and consumers. Members of Civic Institute are: Clinic centre of Montenegro, Administration for Inspection Affairs of Montenegro, Media Trade Union, NGO “Roditelji” (Parents), NGO “Krug života” (Circle of life), Centre for the protection of consumers, Union of Free Trade Unions of Montenegro, CAZAS, Foundation “Ruka prijateljstva” (Friendship hand), NGO “Bolji život” (Better Life) and NGO “Naša akcija” (Our action). Workers, patients and consumers whose rights are violated are efficiently supported to seek for fulfilment of their rights and to have their rights met through work of network “Civic institute” and all members of network.

All planned activities have been implemented during 2016 such as: production of TV series on Public service (TVCG), mobile application “Civic institute” which has been launched in September (the application is available for free download on Google Play Store), Network “Free Legal Clinic” has been established.

During the period January-December 2016 “Civic institute” succeeded to collect almost 1.600 complaints from citizens in the field of consumers, patients and workers’ rights. NGO “35mm”, along with associates and partners provided to citizens, whose rights were violated, legal advices and information about theirs rights, media coverage of topic, and also communicated with institutions etc.

For awareness raising campaign and also for communication with target groups “Civic institute” has Facebook and Twitter accounts –

https://www.facebook.com/Gradjanski-Institut-1000939619990976/, https://twitter.com/gradjanskiinst.

The three videos created for the purpose of this project are available at YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPaWUIqsf1YrQKy6Vrv1tTw

and were promoted on different electronic media as Agency for Electronic Media of Montenegro allowed their broadcasting outside of commercial quotes.

The project is financed by the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro.

“Balkan without Hate”

The project explored how young people and youth work can benefit from the creation of genuine youth documentaries on what kind of (multicultural) societies they want to live in. The purpose was to showcase that young people from different, and usually perceived as conflicting, national identity groups, can work together and produces something valuable.

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The project has been created as answer to the rise in most European countries of incidents inspired by xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. The Balkans is known for frequent conflicts and disagreements, especially when it comes to disagreements along ethnic and religious grounds. This historical situation has contributed to the increase of hatred and xenophobia that has targeted increasing numbers of refugees from Syria and other countries.

The project gathered partners from across the Balkan region and other countries in an effort to deal constructively with the past and to simultaneously take a step forward looking to the future. The youth workers participating in the project explored the use of video production and jointly made a movie on the theme of ‘Balkan without Hate’ under the name “SIGEMBR”. The movie represents the Balkans / Europe with having a ‘virus of xenophobia’. It was designed to be a teaser to encourage young people in the home communities of the youth workers to get involved in becoming active and recording their own visions of the ‘cure for the virus’. This movie has been disseminated and used to encourage young people, through creative expression, to get involved in creating a better world and oppose hate in society.

The most important impact of the project was the movie SIGEMBR on the topic of “Balkans without Hate”. The movie is being used as an innovative educational tool to start off in depth discussion on the identified issues.

Project is supported by European Commission, Erasmus+ Program.