Is there a mutual trust between the civil society organizations?
The barrier in the mutual cooperation is still present
In this forum, the "Civic World" presents the opinions, attitudes and experiences regarding the mutual trust between the civil society organizations". You can take part in it as well on the address: www.graganskisvet.org.mk or www.civicworld.org.mk., by registering with your full name and surname and the name of your organization, if member of any.
"There are 105 civil society organizations registered in Delcevo, of which only 7-8 had been active before the NGO Support Centre opened. The Centre is financed and managed by the European Agency for Reconstruction and FIOOM. Its existence has changed the climate in all civil society organizations. 30 have resumed their work, 6 new have been registered and the membership figures have increased in all of them with new members who find their field of interest, i.e. find themselves in the organizations. The civil society organizations have been working on projects in different areas, some of which are provided by themselves and the others by information and competitions (calls) from the NGO Support Centre. Despite the fact that one of the Centre's goals is to relate the CSO in a network so that they can jointly approach the donors or solve some major social problems and involve more numerous target groups in the projects, it lacks in most of the cases.
The civil society organizations are still unable to break the barriers in their mutual cooperation in the part that refers to their joint approach before the donors, exchange of experiences, involving teams for joint preparation of projects, especially between the organizations that have the same field of operation. It often happens that a project is not awarded to a certain organization due to the lack of capacity within the organization itself. It also the case with projects that entered the second or the third phase, or it happens that the implementation of the already approved project is bad. The NGO Support Centre works on breaking these barriers through holding meetings with the civil society organizations, financing communities' initiatives, networking and visits to centres and NGO.
One of the problems that civil society organizations face is the so-called "One-man organization". This problem reflects in the CSO, as well, and it is supported with the opinion that one person can do the entire job regarding the writing and applying for projects, as well as their implementation. The practice proves that when such organizations are awarded a project (something which happens rarely), they realize their mistake and understand that it takes a whole team trained for preparation and implementation of a project for an organization to function properly. The NGO Support Centre solves that problem by insisting that the presidents of the associations involve new members and that they themselves take part in the training cycle that we have provided" - said the representatives of the NGO Support Centre from Delcevo, the coordinators Toni Stoimenovski and Theresa Filobog.