Active Involvement of NGOs in the Formulation of
at Regional and Municipal Level
Democracy Network Programme
The project stimulates the involvement of non-
governmental organizations in
the regional development at the start of the new century
highlighting the challenges
in front of them in a more clear-cut context. During the
second year, the project
activities are focused on the realization of a number of
training modules, which
we have called the House of Policies - NGO's Effective
Involvement in Regional
Development. The six training modules will be summarized
at the International
Conference in Bourgas in September as well as in a
handbook with materials from
Topics in the NGO Forum - The House of
1. How to plan strategically?
2. How to hold sessions of shareholders' working groups
in order to attain results?
3. How to form teams and how to convince them in our
4. How to maintain a successful presence in the public
5. Risks and crises and how to manage them?
6. How to become leaders in order to attain good results?
The project's working group formulates the topics
according to the dynamics
and the needs of the training. Since each regional group
works on a real-life
case, which should be solved within the framework of the
training, the format
of the modules involves alternation of lectures, work in
small groups and discussion
of results in the big group.
The facilitator Ventsislav Penchev will help steer the
training process closer
to the actual conditions in which Bulgarian NGOs exist
and develop and will
ensure that the process leads to its results - a main
goal in all of CSP initiatives.
According to the topic of each module, the project's
working group will benefit
from different experts.
· Jane Grube, Director of ISC - Sofia
· Galia Dimitrova, Coordinator of ISC - Sofia
· Haralan Aleksandrov, BIHR
· Ilcho Damianov, Mayor of Sapareva Bania (1995 -
1999.), presently Internal
Policy Advisor of the President of the Republic of
· Rafael Chichek, BIHR
· Borislav Zjumbjulev, Deputy Editor-in-chief of
24 Hours Newspaper
· Evgenia Atanasova, BNT
· Vladimir Dajnov, Programme Director of BG
· Ivan Bunkov, Editor-in-chief of Nov Zhivot
· Colonel Dr. Valeri Rachev, Deputy rector of the
Military Academy "G.
· Valeri Todorov, Psychologist - Institute of
Psychology at the Ministry
of Internal Affairs
· Dr. Nikolaj Mihajlov - Psychiatrist, lecturer at
· Hristina Jordanova, Psychologist - Institute of
Psychology at the Ministry
of Internal Affairs
The number of participants in the Forum will be constant
(30-40 people) - NGO
management representatives from Burgas, Kardjali,
Kjustendil, Smolian, Pazgrad
Terms of Participation
The participants in the Forum are selected after filling
in a questionnaire
about the activities and capacity of their NGO stressing
on its potential and
impact on a local level.
The participation in the training is personal and all who
have taken a place
are committed to the work of the Forum from the beginning
to the end.
The participation in the Forum is free of charge.
Participants' expenses are
covered by Democracy Network Programme. Travel expenses
are reimbursed upon
submission of travel fare receipts.
Duration of the Forum
November 2001 - May 2002
The training within the framework of the House of
Policies is divided thematically
into 6 modules, held at intervals of 6 weeks.
First Module: 15 - 16 November 2001, Sofia
Second Module: 20 - 21 December 2001, Sofia
Third Module: 31 January - 1 February 2002, Sofia
Fourth Module: 8 - 9 March 2002, Kardjali
Fifth Module: 5 - 6 April 2002, Russe
Sixth Module: 17 - 18 May 2002, Smolian
The Forum will help to:
1. Identify the stakeholders represented by NGOs (Whose
interests do they defend?)
as well as identify NGO strategic priorities.
2. Discuss issues on the role of NGOs in the decision-
making process and select
priority actions to boost the effectiveness of NGOs.
3. Develop the skills of local NGOs to work with
in a new competitive environment.
4. Even out the capacity of individual NGOs through
active exchange of information,
practices and skills.
5. Establish partnerships between local NGOs and think
tanks to influence central
institutions of the government.
6. Popularize the activities of the NGOs from the
presented regions in the central
7. Create an effective NGO network able to form
coalitions for solving similar
8. Formulate topics of common interest and select
priority actions for solving
concrete problems on-site.
9. Provide information to the NGO community, institutions
and the media on the
prospects for the development of the Third Sector
10. Recommendations for next steps.
For further information:
Vania Chalburova, Project Coordinator
tel. 02 / 981 21 88, 980 81 70, 980 89 37
fax: 02 / 986 44 05