As Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law, we believe that unification and association are not only values, but also the true strength of civil society. Our experience of the last 20 years of work in the civil sector confirms the need of international partnerships and cooperation. They show the potential of the communities to figure out successful responses to the social challenges and the important role of NGOs as active participants in these social processes, as well.
Our eagerness to work in such international cooperation with the common aim the empower the civil society and to influence European and national policies for enabling environment for civil society development in order to ensure sustainable and functioning democracies in the Balkans, connected us organically with the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) at the end of 2019.
At its Annual Council Meeting in April 2020, the Balkan Civil Society Development Network welcomed the membership of BCNL as a regular member of the network.
Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) is a regional network of 14 civil society organizations (CSOs) from 11 countries in Southeast Europe (Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia and Turkey). It is established in 2009 with a mission to empower civil society and influence policies towards more enabling environment for civil society development, in order to ensure sustainable and functioning democracies in the Balkans. The network has extensive experience in systematic monitoring of and evidence-based advocacy on promoting the enabling legal and policy environment for CSO operation, respect of rights to basic freedoms, and effective inclusion of civil society in policy and decision-making processes. BCSDN has become a leading regional player on civil society development and empowerment, including the strengthening of CSOs accountability, with a strong, proactive team of organizations, respected for their professionalism, quality of work and integrity. BCSDN advocates towards the EU/EC, international organizations and national governments, for the benefit of both its member organizations as well as general civil society interests in the Balkans.
By joining the BCSDN, we were invited to take part in a study of the COVID-19 crisis at the regional level with a focus on the state of civil society organizations, their involvement in the fight against COVID-19 and the support of government agencies and donors.
Our membership in the BCSDN makes us happy and enthusiastic to share information and experience, expand our international partners and work on joint initiatives to provide a sustainable and favorable environment for the development of an independent and prosperous civil society in the Balkan region.