The project “Local Policies Under a Magnifying Glass – Monitoring the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Local Communities“ was supported by € 90,000 financial support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under EEA Active Citizenship grants Croatia. Implementation of the project began on October 1, 2022, and will last a total of 15 months, until December 31 2023.
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The project is aimed at strengthening the advocacy capacities of civil society organizations in Vukovar-Srijem and Lika-Senj counties. Advocacy and watchdog organizations (those that oversee the implementation of certain public policies) in Croatia are mostly concentrated in the city of Zagreb and larger urban areas, while they are less present in smaller areas.
Through the activities of this project, the Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity (CROSOL) will strengthen its local partners – Europe House Vukovar and the Podum Youth Association, as well as other organizations from the Vukovar-Srijem and Lika-Senj counties for monitoring public policies and advocating for them at local and regional levels. Thematically, the project will monitor the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at local/regional levels. In Vukovar-Srijem County, the implementation of Goal 5. Gender equality will be monitored, while in Lika-Senj County, the focus will be on Goal 10. Reducing inequality. After the capacity-building advocacy workshops, the partner organizations will write reports on the implementation of these Sustainable Development Goals in their cities and counties, and then promote them to the public, and ultimately try to influence local and regional decision-makers in order to improve the implementation of the Goals.
The results of the project will therefore aim at three directions – strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations, raising awareness among citizens and cooperation with local and regional authorities.