How to encourage youth volunteering; how to improve the cooperation of CSOs with institutions at central and local level; and how to raise funds for the associations were part of the issues discussed at the Mobile Resource Centre held in Kratovo on 20 February 2020.
The open day with local associations was organised by the Civil Society Resource Centre in partnership with the Regional Centre for Sustainable Development Kratovo and the Association for Environmental Protection and Protection of Cultural and Historic Landmarks – IZVOR from Kratovo.
CSOs’ representatives discussed about the operation of the civil society sector and the dialogue between them and state institutions at local and national level. Key problems highlighted were insufficient human resources, mainly due to the large emigration of young people from the region, poor co-operation with local government, complex applications for grant support and a lack of experts in writing project applications, etc. On the other hand, the good cooperation with the House of Culture and the Museum of the City of Kratovo was emphasized, as well as the good mutual cooperation and assistance between the local organisations in Kratovo and the region.
Milos Dimitrovski, President of the Regional Centre for Sustainable Development Kratovo, emphasised that the Center is a point of intersection of common interests and cooperation between associations and local institutions. As a positive opportunity, he pointed out the cooperation of organisations from Kratovo that would jointly apply for grants from national and international foundations and institutions.
Within the event, the Civil Society Resource Centre team informed participants about key project activities and shared information relevant for civil society development.