A CARDS project implemented by Saferworld from United Kingdom whose regional partners are: Centre for Security Studies (CSS) BIH, CIVIL – Citizens’ Association for Civil Society from Macedonia, Balkan Youth Union (BYU) from Serbia & Montenegro and Forum for Civic Initiatives (FIQ) from Kosovo/a


It is an 18-month project designed to enhance access to, and participation in, decision making on community safety and arms control issues at the local, national and regional levels across the western Balkans, through developing the capacity of civil society organisations to act as leaders and positive advocates for change. The project started on the 1 st of April 2005 with the opening meeting held in Popova Sapka, Republic of Macedonia.

This project aims to contribute to positive changes in government policy and practice by increasing civil society participation in decision-making on community safety and arms control issues. It focuses on three key areas: 1) developing institutional capacity of partners to act as leaders in the process of change; 2) encouraging local participation in making communities safer; and 3) supporting development of the regional NGO network on small arms. Target groups include local NGOs, residents and the general public, and a wide range of community leaders. It will create sustainable local links between the civil sector and local democratic structures, strengthening the democratic process and contributing towards lasting peace, development and security across the region.

The overall objective of this project is to contribute to sustainable peace, development and respect for human rights in the western Balkans, through developing the capacity of civil society organisations in the fields of arms control and community safety in order to strengthen democratic processes and build sustainable links between civil society and local decision making structures.

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