Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organisations from the IPA beneficiaries 2 (TACSO 2)
The overall objective of the “Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organisations” (TACSO) is to strengthen the overall capacities and accountability of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Western Balkans and Turkey within a participative democracy. Other stakeholders addressed by this project are different levels of governments (central, regional, local) as well as media, the private and the public sector in the respective countries. TACSO is part of the Civil Society Facility (CSF) which is an EU mechanism that provides support to CSOs in those countries that are not yet part of the EU.
This large-scale program assists the target group i.e. CSOs through measures focused on increasing CSOs’ access to relevant information and strengthening of their institutional capacities.While TACSO 2 will continue to support CSOs and contribute to enabling the civil society environment along the same lines and actions as the past four years, there are four key issues that the project will centre its activities around:
- Further strengthening civil society’s role in national democratisation and accession processes
- Increasing the communication and visibility of civil society’s contributions to society
- Supporting the discovery of new resource mobilisation strategies and approaches, which are needed to provide for civil society sustainability and development
- Improving the legal and institutional framework for civil society actions.
In the second TACSO program, the so-called People to People (P2P) component has been added, to increase networking between CSOs in the Western Balkan with CSOs within the European Union. This entails events and visits to European institutions, European CSOs and the opportunity to network internationally and regionally. The People to People program is driven by the priorities and topics emerging from civil society need assessments and consultations. Furthermore, P2P will aim to create synergies with the priorities of other Civil Society Facility strands and EC initiatives to support civil society in the region by closely coordinating and consulting with relevant stakeholders. TACSO has the overall responsibility to plan, organise and provide follow-up support for the realisation of P2P events.
As part of supporting a sustainable phase-out of the TACSO support, a gradual transfer to national institutions and organisations to become Resource Centres will begin after the first year of implementation. These Resource Centres will steadily take over the services and expertise that TACSO provides and ultimately be the main vehicle through which CSOs in the region can find support and assistance.
TACSO 2 Activities:
- P2P events including multi-beneficiary and single beneficiary events
- Information events that will promote CSOs and their work as well as introduce topics of interest to civil society in the region
- Training courses targeting weaker and smaller CSOs including possible sector needs
- Training of trainers courses which will provide capacity building to the resource centre staff
- Thematic partnership events, inter or intra-sectorial networking events and cross-border events that will facilitate and focus on networking and building partnerships and coalitions with neighbouring countries in specific areas on all levels
- CSF monitoring events that will review the P2P Component implementation
*The TACSO 1 program began in August 2009, received an extension in 2011 and officially closed in August 2013.