The Trust for Civil Society in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE Trust) is pleased to announce the award of four two-year grants in Bulgaria totaling up to 1.030.000 USD. The CEE Trust selected four organizations for grant award:
The Trust for Civil Society in Central & Eastern Europe is pleased to announce the launch of cooperation with the Pfizer Foundation to implement a regional program to strengthen health consumer groups and promote health care advocacy in Central and Eastern Europe. The program is implemented by the Civil Society Development Foundation Hungary.
Three years ago, in the pages of Alliance, the founding of the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe was hailed as an instance of "unprecedented - cooperation between private foundations". Formed by six US donors with a long commitment to the region, the Trust was established to strengthen civil society in Europe's newer democracies through a programme of infrastructure development and institutional support. To date, the Trust has spent or committed more than $17 million in grants in five countries. But just how successful has it been?
As the Balkan countries move away from being zones of conflict and post-conflict towards stability and democratic consolidation, so some private and public funders have moved away from the Balkans to regions of greater need. But others, in particular some bilateral donors and the European Union, remain steadfast in their support. The Balkan Trust for Democracy, now one year old, is a partnership between some of the key funders that have remained. What has it achieved so far?
A question that NESsT staff are often asked is "Why do you work in Chile and Hungary? They don't have anything in common." In fact, although Chile and Hungary have very little common culture and history, they are both "emerging market economies" and "emerging civil societies". But there are significant differences in the legal and fiscal environment in Chile, and in the way the non-profit sector has developed there. It was only by adapting to these differences that NESsT was able to successfully replicate the NESsT Venture Fund, developed in Central Europe, to the local context of Chile.
The Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe launched a mid-term strategic review process in the summer 2004. The CEE Trust retained two consultants - Jenny Hyatt and Nadya K. Shmavonian - to serve as the review team to assist us with this process.
The European Union has created a new mechanism - a so called 'Watchdog Fund' to support civil society in ten new Member States.. In the call for proposals, the EU recognized that the role played by NGOs in promoting fundamental rights, the rule of law and democracy is "extremely important, since NGOs active in this field enhance the citizens' control over their governments."
An environmental disaster in Slovakia has raised broad public awareness and widespread debate about the future of the damaged area.
The Robert Bosch Foundation, together with the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, the Bernhard van Leer Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the German Federal Foundation for the Environment and the Trust for Civil Society in CEE is pleased to announce the launch and the first call for applications of the