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CIVILISC - Civil Society Instruments against Corruption


The three-year project CIVILISC (Jan. 2016-Aug. 2018) is implemented by the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (Albania) in partnership with RiskMonitor Foundation (Bulgaria). The main project goal is to empower citizens and to develop the capacity of civil society in Albania to fight corruption.

The project will engage civil society activists from 12 small and medium-size municipalities (LGUs) in the southern and central part of Albania in the qarks of Kukes, Shkoder, Diber, Elbasan, Fier, Tirane, Durres, Korce, Vlore, Gjirokaster, and Berat.

CIVILISC aims to equip civil society organizations (CSOs), in particular in remote and underdeveloped regions, with resources and skills so they are able to work in a professional and sustainable way to uphold good governance and public integrity. Project activities will strengthen CSOs networking and collaboration with local government in the selected municipalities.

  • Target groups and key beneficiaries

Target groups: representatives of CSOs; representatives of Local Government Units; citizens.

Final beneficiaries and stakeholders include also, media, students, community organizations.

  • Project activities are based on three main pillars: assessment, capacity building, and sub-granting.

The assessment component involves fieldwork and desk research for the identification of current anti-corruption instruments available in the selected municipalities. This component also includes evaluation of the capacity and training needs of local CSOs.

The capacity building activities encompass face-to-face trainings with local civil society organizations and development of resource materials. The trainings will include panels on topics such as good governance in public spending; citizen’s budgets for transparent municipalities, citizens monitoring in public procurement, indicators for assessing the level of corruption risks in municipal activities, impact assessment mechanisms, etc. Seminar participants will engage in hands-on activities for project development and management. In addition, an online platform with training modules will be developed, which will be open to CSOs and civic activists in Albania.

Sub-granting component: CIVILISC will launch a call for proposals for small grants aimed at Albanian CSOs. The main priorities of the call will be:
Civic advocacy for transparency and anti-corruption practices
Civic monitoring of LGUs services and public spending
Awareness raising activities against corruption.

CIVILISC will fund 12-15 CSOs in the selected municipalities.

CIVILISC is funded by the IPA - Pre-accession instrument (NEAR). The design of the action is consistent with the EU Guidelines for Support to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the period 2014/2020 (IPA II). The action responds to the strategic determination of the government to move forward with the implementation of the Decentralisation Strategy 2015-2020 and the Anti-corruption strategy 2014-2017.