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Complex measures in order to strengthen NGOs in Zemgale region

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Source of Funding: EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014
Program: NGO Activity Support Measure (2009-2014)

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The project aims to develop civil society and ensure active involvement of its members in social processes.
Activities will focus on improvement of information flow and information channels, motivating people to involve in civil society activities. This includes participation into ministries' working groups and commissions by representing interests of Zemgale region NGOs, supporting sustainable development of NGOs in Zemgale region (in the context of social entrepreneurship), organizing informative and educational events, development of co-operation and partnerships between NGOs and the public authorities (also private sector) and promoting process transparency and introduction of best practices.
The project target group is NGO members and inhabitants of Zemgale.

Project results: The project aims to develop civil society and ensure active involvement of its members in social processes.
Activities focus on improvement of information flow and information channels, motivating people to involve in civil society activities. This includes participation into ministries' working groups and commissions by representing interests of Zemgale region NGOs, supporting sustainable development of NGOs in Zemgale region (in the context of social entrepreneurship), organizing informative and educational events, development of co-operation and partnerships between NGOs and the public authorities (also private sector) and promoting process transparency and introduction of best practices.
The project target group is 600 NGO, 700 NGO members and 1700 inhabitants of Zemgale.
Place of project implementation Zemgale region.
The projects results:
Zemgale NGO Centre is a regional NGO resource centre for more than 600 NGOs. During implementation of project organization has been organizing support measures that are most important for development of favourable environment for regional NGOs. These measures include participation into local, regional and national decision making processes by participating into local authorities commissions and work groups as well as taking part into national government level work groups. As a result there has been more than 70 meetings with decision makers that resulted in support of Latvian national NGO Fund establishment, financing available for regional NGOs in small grant programs, NGO opinions are taken into consideration when decisions are taken in such fields as youth, seniors or social support. Another result of the project are continuous support measures for NGOs of the region – 4 consultants in Zemgale region have made 700 consultations, organized more than 50 NGO information days and seminars, 25 projects developed in such fields as social entrepreneurship, international voluntary service programs and exchange of good practices. Zemgale NGO Centre has been able to make favourable environment for sustainable development considering the face that annual turnover of the projects and services provided has been growing 3 times since 2013. During this period Zemgale NGO Centre has received number of awards as biggest European Voluntary Service hosting organization & Diploma for most experienced youth organization in Latvia (Ministry of Education and Science).

Supported by the EEA Grants. Case number: LV03. Programme name: „NGO fund”

Project number: 2012.EEZ/DAP/MAC/047
Project approval date: 20.06.2013.
Project contract date: 05.09.2013.
Status of the project: Pabeigts
Name of Project Promoter: Zemgale NGO Centre
Type of Project Promoter: Association/Foundation
Name of project partner: Biedrība "JĒKABPILS NVO RESURSU CENTRS",Biedrība „Aizkraukles reģionālā Tautskola”
Project implementation region(s): Zemgale Region
Project duration, months: 30
Total eligible costs (Programme co-financing and Project Promoter’s contribution): 66660.42 EUR / 46 849.21 LVL;
Programme co-financing (EEA Grants – 95%): 56994.65 EUR / 40 056.07 LVL;
Programme co-financing (State budget – 5%): 2999.72 EUR / 2 108.22 LVL;
Project Promoter’s contribution: 6666.05 EUR / 4 684.93 LVL;
Legal address: Lielā iela 15-2, Jelgava, LV-3001
Phone No.: 29802373
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Website: www.zemgalei.lv

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