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ICEDA: Meeting with the EU Info Center and EU delegation to Montenegro representatives

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Today, at our request, a meeting was held between NGO 35mm, representatives from EU Info Center, and Miss Nadežda Dramićanin, Media and Public Affairs Adviser from EU Delegation to Montenegro via ZOOM. The meeting was about presenting the project Increasing Civic Participation in the Digital Agenda – #ICEDA, co-funded by the European Union.

At the meeting, ICEDA national coordinator from Montenegro Snežana Nikčević started off with a short opening and introduced the implemented activities along with the ones that are currently in the process. The participants discussed how some activities could be shifted online and still reach the targeted audience.

The meeting was wrapped up with the discussion of possible joint actions related to the ICEDA project in Montenegro.

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.

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.

Announcement for Call for applications

Announcement for Call for applications

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The Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda (ICEDA) network issues an:

ANNOUNCEMENT

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

ICEDA is delighted to inform you about an upcoming Call for Applications that would 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.

ICEDA will provide support to CSOs to perform initiatives within their native countries, by awarding small grants that will contribute to achieving the following overall objectives:

  • To increase the capacity of CSOs and media for tackling challenges related to the Digital Agenda, empowering them to become active participants in the process;
  • To enhance the role of CSOs in aiding state institutions to better exploit the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in order to improve the quality of their e-services to the citizens and increase their openness including achieving greater transparency and accountability through the development of efficient eGovernment systems;
  • To strengthen online trust and security by providing training and awareness-raising through a network of CSOs promoting digital literacy, skills, and inclusion at regional, national and local level;
  • To increase the visibility of issues related to the Digital Agenda within civil society and media;
  • To increase the citizen demand for quality e-services through training and awareness-raising by the CSOs.

Eligibility of Applicants

The applicants and co-applicants need to be:

  • non-profit-making and be registered as a civil society organization;
  • registered in Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia or Serbia for at least 1 year before the date of publication of the call and;
  • have 1 year of experience in the implementation of projects in Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia or Serbia.

One organization can apply with only one project application as a lead applicant and can participate in only one additional project application as a co-applicant/partner. One organization can participate in a maximum of two projects. Alternatively, one organization can participate in up to two projects as a partner. Furthermore, priority will be given to the projects which are going to have a direct partnership agreement with local or central institutions.

The full Call for proposals is going to be announced in the third week of August 2020.

Follow the Facebook and Twitter with @ICEDAproject page of the project for more information.

 

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.

COVID-19 and the digitalization of the Western Balkan

COVID-19 and the digitalization of the Western Balkan

According to the latest information, more than 3,600,000 people in 215 countries in the world have so far been infected by COVID-19 virus. Throughout the world, there have been around 250,000 casualties, while the number of recovered people is over 1,148,000.

Like many others, Governments of Western Balkan implemented various strategies to prevent further spreading of the virus. On the other hand, drastic measures such as border suspension, school shutdowns, and travel restrictions triggered a rapid growth of online services across the region. In this time of crisis, where nations are forced to fight on multiple levels, we can witness the underlying importance of the Digital Agenda and its role. Here are some of the most important initiatives from Western Balkan countries, primarily ICEDA partners.

COVID19 reported cases in the Western Balkans, as of 07.05.2020
Country Confirmed Recovered Deaths Active Cases
Albania 842 605 31 206
Kosovo 861 561 27 273
Montenegro 324 265 8 51
North Macedonia 1572 1079 89 404
Serbia 9848 2160 206 7688

Source: World Health Organization

 

Several world trends were followed while creating digital channels for communication and general functioning during COVID 19 outbreak. So for example, all ICEDA partner countries (North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania) have specific official websites where citizens can find the latest info about the coronavirus cases. Serbia even created an open data site and invited people to use and process COVID19 information freely. On the other hand, North Macedonia launched StopKorona! mobile application to detect close contact with potentially infected persons through a proximity detection. However, following several reactions on the safety of the application, the Government of North Macedonia instructed the Minister of Health to form a working group and inspect the source code of the mobile application.  

Institutions in all five countries promoted already existing e-platforms for issuing different types of official documents. For instance, in Kosovo and Albania, these platforms are mainly used by citizens to check if their businesses are allowed to operate during the pandemic, to apply for permits to go to work, or to do shopping. Meanwhile, the Ministry of public administration in Montenegro prepared and published a free ‘’Guide to electronic services’’ on how to use all national e-platform resources. This guide was distributed via relevant portals and printed newspapers. Although the percentage of users in our states has increased along with the number of e-services available, several issues emerged during the coronavirus crisis. One of them was that an official electronic database of COVID cases in Serbia was compromised for eight days. In the period from 9. to 17. of April it was accessible through a google search to anyone. One of the health institutions kept both user name and password visible to anyone who reaches that page. After this was discovered by one NGO and reported to authorities the login data were removed. A similar security breach happened in Montenegro where personal health data of people infected with coronavirus ‘’leaked’’ to the public.

As schools are on lockdown, students in Western Balkan are following lessons online. An interesting thing is that although our school systems are still very traditional, most of the countries had quick responses and provided mechanisms for online learning. Educational digital efforts varied from country to country, from the 5plus educational platform with curricula for 1st – 4th grade in North Macedonia, to #Učidoma project in Montenegro along with the recently launched eDnevnik application where parents can find all information about their children’s grades and behavior in one place. The Ministry of Education in Kosovo also has an official website for listing all online education materials, while in Albania, the Ministry of Education, Sports, and Youth conducted an online survey submitted by 320’000 parents, students, pupils, and teachers on the effectiveness of these applied forms of education. The results of the survey are published at the Ministry’s official website. On the other hand, the Ministry of Education in Serbia organized testing of the online system for taking final primary school exams the whole territory of Serbia. The system collapsed due to a large number of users’ demands at the same time. The problem was solved by suggesting different hours of logging in during the day based on the territorial principle.

Communities in each country are also very active, and the number of digital initiatives grows daily. In North Macedonia, a total of 546 initiatives were submitted to the Fond for Innovation and Technology for handling the COVID-19 crisis, among which were also IT platforms and applications. One of those initiatives which received funding was the application ChallengerДома which motivates people to stay home by collecting points for staying home which they can, later on, turn to discounts for the local markets. The community, among which also the media, supported the efforts of the institutions to inform the citizens, through creating and sharing educational visualizations, and videos, but also used these tools to raise awareness on the downside of the system, to combat misinformation related to the pandemics and to share information on successful community volunteer initiatives. Concurrently, in Montenegro platforms such as DobroJeTo was created to help small business survival during COVID 19 outbreak. The municipality of Tirana started an interesting initiative called ‘’Adopt a grandmother/grandfather’’, and it already has over a thousand volunteers. Initiatives such as Digital solidarity platform in Serbia gathered free digital content, platforms for distance learning, work from home, as well as free books, courses, music, movies, and other educational and entertaining content during the COVID19 pandemic. In all five Western Balkan countries a group of enthusiasts gathered to help healthcare professionals by using 3D printers to make visors and deliver them to health centers.

Psychological health is a very significant aspect that had to be addressed due to very strict measures and people spending weeks in quarantine. The digitalization of psychological support in Kosovo is showcased by creating a specific Fol shlire platform for this type of communication. The First Family Center in North Macedonia recently provided online counseling during the pandemic as the first specialized service in the country open to victims/survivors and perpetrators of gender-based and domestic violence, including minors. The Government, the Ministry of the Interior and the UNDP in Montenegro launched a mobile application called ”Budi sigurna” which enables victims of violence to immediately send an alarm that they are in danger, report domestic violence, and seek help. The application was created during the COVID19 outbreak, but it represents a long-term solution.  Citizens in Serbia, for example, can contact doctors or use psychological support via the Dok-Tok application that was released in April. Simultaneously, in Albania, it is possible to seek advice and support by consulting the order of psychologists in the Republic of Albania.

In many aspects, this pandemic has increased the need for electronic services across the region. Institutions, organizations, as well as citizens, are in the stage of dealing with many challenges, and while we can say that there are improvements in terms of Digital Agenda, it is evident that many of these solutions should be available long-term. The next steps should introduce a variety of digital tools in education, and above all, the capacity building of the educators. The Governments of all five countries need to work on better coordination of initiatives in a time of crises as well as on local self-governance. Looking at the Western Balkan in the last few months proved that role of digital transformation in moving forward is indisputable in the whole region.

 

 

The project Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA is funded by the European Union. 
Its main goal is to increase the engagement of the civil society organizations (CSOs) in the shaping and implementation of the Digital Agenda in the Western Balkans (DAWB).