Cross Border Programme - Croatia | Bosnia and Herzegovina

Community Centre

Project title Community Centre
CRO beneficiary Association for Promotion of Information Technology, Culture and Coexistence (IKS)
Grant value 49.330,00 €
IPA contribution 41.930,50 € (84,84 %)
Partners in CRO NGO Civil Rights Project Sisak
BiH beneficiary Association of citizens "Democracy-Organizing-Progress" (DON)
Grant value 49.240,73
IPA contribution 41.854,62 (85%)
Partners in BIH Association of citizens Democracy-Organisation-Progress Prijedor

Project objectives/short summary

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Aim of the project was to strengthen capacities of civil society organizations to actively participate in the development of their communities. To increase access of vulnerable social groups and people at risk of social exclusion to basic services, the project established Community Centres in Prijedor and Ključ in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Petrinja in Croatia. Since their establishment, the community centres have been providing supportive environment and services ranging from free use of computers and the Internet to various educational activities, debates and creative workshops. Free legal aid to vulnerable groups of population was also provided within these community centres.
Number of courses and creative workshops were organized (computer courses, green screen techniques, journalism, puppetry, decoupage, jewellery, etc.) in order to increase creative skills of unemployed persons and to improve their chances for finding jobs in the labour market. Job seekers clubs organized in all community centres assisted on daily basis many unemployed persons with job applications.
Project initiated cross-border cooperation of CSOs that provides services to marginalized groups in order to build local capacities for long-term cross-border impact. Interactive trainings were organized to build CSOs capacities for joint project development, but also, to encourage them to share their experiences, ideas and facing challenges. 
Measure Measure 2.2: Improved accessibility to community-based services in the border area
Project start date 18/05/2013        
Project duration 12 months 
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