Between October 27-29, eGA’s main lecture room EUROPE was full of representatives from civil society organizations of the Western Balkan countries – North Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, and Albania. Virtually, of course. The training course was part of the Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA project, co-funded by the European Union and is aimed at transferring the Estonian experience to the Western Balkans countries on how civil society organizations (CSOs) could raise awareness on digital transformation and e-services among their citizens, and among the journalists and decision-makers.

The training was intended for building the capacities of the project partners, namely the Metamorphosis Foundation (North Macedonia),  Levizja Mjaft! (Albania), CRTA – Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (Serbia), NGO 35mm (Montenegro), and ODK – Open Data Kosovo (Kosovo), to more efficiently conduct activities related to the Digital Agenda, among which capacity building activities for CSOs, media, and public institutions.

The training began with a pre-webinar on advocacy on October 21st, following the main training, after which a post-webinar on cybersecurity is foreseen. The participants’ journey towards the development of the Digital agenda was guided by eGA’s experts Linnar Viik, Kristina Mänd, and Kristina Reinsalu, and by Estonia’s distinguished media, communication, CSO and e-government experts Raul Rebane (media expert), Hendrik Roonemaa (tech journalist), Janek Rozov (Information Technology and Development Centre of the Ministry of Interior), Marten Kaevats (Estonian State Chancellery), Ants Sild (Baltic Computer Systems), Doris Põld (Board Member at ITL Digital Lab) and Margo Loor (Citizen OS).

 

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.

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