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Objectives of the action

Overall objective: To stimulate an enabling legal and financial environment for civil society, as well as to empower civil society to be effective and accountable independent actors, and to improve their capacity to dialogue with Governments influencing policy and decision making processes in sustainable development of rural communities and holding them accountable for their performance towards citizens and society at large.

Specific objectives: 1) To strengthen the capacity of CSOs and CSO networks which contribute to sustainable socio-economic development of rural areas in the Western Balkans and Turkey for active participation in policy planning and implementation, and building strong civil society in rural areas; and to enhance regional development through networking and cooperation. 2) To build partnership of CSOs and CSO networks with public institutions and their involvement in decision making and governance processes, for the well-being of rural communities in those countries.

Target group(s)

1) 220 national, regional and local CSOs (both within and outside the partner networks); 2) regional agencies, sub-regional partnerships and LEADER-type groups; 3) associations representing farmers, rural entrepreneurs and cooperatives; 4) 90 Grass-root organisations; 5) local authorities; 6) Government ministries and agencies; 7) EU network PREPARE Partnership for Rural Europe; 8) 7 national networks and Balkan RD Network (BRDN).