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INTERNATIONAL PROJECT

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY MACEDONIA AND BULGARIA, 2016

Balkan Net In cooperation with its partners, CS Constan Ltd. and the National Association of Municipal Clerks of Bulgaria (NAMCB), supported by the foundation Hanns Seidel and the Council of Europe and Constan Ltd., implements the project „Leadership Academy“ for 3 years.

In the framework of this project 14 workshops in Macedonia and Bulgaria have taken place!

The Leadership Academy was initially oriented towards the municipal representatives and mayors, in order to improve their leadership skills and to enable cross-border and inter-municipal cooperation between the Macedonian and Bulgarian municipalities. Numerous suggestions and new projects derived from this cooperation as well as results from the “Leadership Academy” are visible.

Target group of the project in 2015 were representatives of civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations. This means that the program was adapted to this target group and was comprised of new contents and materials. In 2016, the project will be conducted in 3 phases/workshops, two in Bulgaria and one in Macedonia. The participation in the „Leadership Academy“ will enable the participants to acquire new knowledge and skills in the area of leadership as well as possibilities for cooperation with other relevant organizations from Macedonia and Bulgaria. 

Every participant that will successfully pass the Leadership program  i.e. actively participate on all of the 3 modules, shall receive a certificate for participation in the project “Leadership Academy, 2016”.

Target group of the workshop and the project as well, are representatives from the departments of the local governments in the municipalities, non-governmental institutions, as well as the academic sector from the respective field.

Schedule and locations:

Module 1: Sandanski (Bulgaria), February, 21 - 24, 2016

Module 2: Ohrid (Macedonia) May, 08 – 11, 2016

Module 3: Pomorie (Bulgaria) June, 12 - 15, 2016

 
 
Supported by:
City of Skopje

NATIONAL PROJECT

 "USE-IT MAP OF SKOPJE: INNOVATIVE AND INTERACTIVE MAP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE"

JUNE 2015 - DECEMBER 2015

Balkan Net, in cooperation with CRCD (Center for Research, Cross-Border Cooperation & Development) implemented the project "USE-IT MAP OF SKOPJE: INNOVATIVE AND INTERACTIVE MAP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE". The project was supported and approved by the City of Skopje.

The project included preparation of an interactive and innovative map of Skopje for young people with interesting locations and references exclusively for young people who visit Skopje.

The objectives of the project were to stimulate the local economic growth through the development and support of tourism in the region of the City of Skopje and actively to engage youth volunteers for promoting the City. 

The idea was to prepare a tourist map and tourist guide of the city of Skopje, which will be aimed at young people and tourists. The experience and practice have shown that the existing maps of our capital are uniformed and monotonous. Stimulated by the European practice we wanted to facilitate the promotion of our capital and to attract young tourists. This kind of maps are already long available in many countries across Europe. Such maps are presented at USE-IT Europe (http://www.use-it.travel/home) to support local youth and to promote cities. Our map will also be submitted to the USE-IT office in Brussels as well as in the other USE-IT offices across Europe as soon as finances for membership are obtained. Thus, this map will be promoted in a number of countries in Europe.

The final product of the project - FREE MAP FOR YOUNG TRAVELERS:

 

 


INTERNATIONAL PROJECT

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY MACEDONIA AND BULGARIA, 2015

Balkan Net, in cooperation with NAMCB (National Association of the Municipal Clerks in Bulgaria) and supported by the Hanns Seidel Stiftung, Bulgaria, implement the project “Leadership Academy 2015”.

The LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, 2015 consists of three interactive workshops, in accordance with the programme particularly created for the needs of the non-governmental institutions and municipalities and tested in the region during 2012On these workshops, participants shall be introduced to further assessment and practice of modern leadership by facing their own leadership approaches, using innovations, managing conflicts, understanding the leadership requirements, using a modern approach to human resources management, using accountability and leading through emotional intelligence processes. The “Leadership Academy 2015” has a major goal to increase the cooperation between Municipalities i.e. municipal representatives and the non-governmental organizations.

Every participant that will successfully pass the Leadership program  i.e. actively participate on all of the 3 modules, shall receive a certificate for participation in the project “Leadership Academy, 2015”.

Target group of the workshop and the project as well, are representatives from the non-governmental institutions, the academic sector from the respective field, as well as, representatives from the municipalities.

Schedule and locations:

Module 1: Sandanski (Bulgaria), February, 24 - 26, 2015

Module 2: Ohrid (Macedonia) April, 20 – 23, 2015

Module 3: Pomorie (Bulgaria) June, 13 - 16, 2015


INTERNATIONAL PROJECT

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY MACEDONIA AND BULGARIA, 2014

The international foundation Balkan Net (BN) and the National Association of Municipal Clerks of Bulgaria (NAMCB), supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation implement the project LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, 2014.

Project’s main target group are municipalities from Bulgaria and Macedonia and their representatives, such as mayors and representatives from different sectors of the local governments, incl. municipal local development specialists and managers, public relation officers etc. Associations and NGO’s operating closely with municipalities can also benefit from this project.

The LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, 2014 has a major goal to increase the cooperation between Macedonian and Bulgarian Municipalities in assessing their strengths and weaknesses and in finding the way for better and effective leadership. On these workshops, participants will be also introduced to further assessment and practice of modern leadership and relation with their own municipalities. This will be possible by facing their own leadership approaches, using innovations, managing conflicts, understanding the leadership requirements for inner-municipal cooperation, using a modern approach to human resources management, using accountability and leading through emotional intelligence processes. The program consists of three modules, particularly created for the needs of the municipalities and tested in the region during 2012.

Schedule and locations:

Module 1: Ohrid (Macedonia) April, 27 – 30, 2014

Module 2: Sozopol (Bulgaria) June 10 – 14, 2014

Module 3: Sozopol (Bulgaria), end of August/beginning of September


МЕЃУНАРОДЕН ПРОЕКТ

АКАДЕМИЈА ЗА ЛИДЕРСТВО, МАКЕДОНИЈА И БУГАРИЈА, 2014

Меѓународната фондација Балкан Нет (БН) и Националната асоцијација на општинските службеници на Бугарија (НАОСБ), поддржани од Фондацијата Ханс Зајдел го спроведуваат проектот АКАДЕМИЈА НА ЛИДЕРСТВО, 2014.

Главната целна група на проектот се општините од Бугарија и Македонија и нивните претставници, како што се градоначалници и претставници од различни сектори на локалната самоуправа, вклучително и општински локални експерти за развој и менаџери, службеници за односи со јавноста итн. Здруженијата и невладините организации кои тесно соработуваат со општините, исто така, може да имаат корист од овој проект.

АКАДЕМИЈАТА ЗА ЛИДЕРСТВО, 2014 има главна цел да се зголеми соработката помеѓу македонските и бугарските општини во оценувањето на своите предности и слабости и во изнаоѓање на начин за подобро и ефективно лидерство. На овие работилници, учесниците, исто така, ќе бидат воведени во понатамошна проценка и пракса на модерното лидерство и поврзаноста со своите општини. Ова ќе се овозможи преку соочување со сопствените лидерски пристапи, со користење иновации, управување со конфликти, разбирање на барањата на лидерството за внатрешно- општинска соработка, со користење на модерен пристап кон управување со човечките ресурси, употреба на одговорност и вовед во процесите на емоционалната интелигенција. Програмата се состои од три модули, посебно креирани за потребите на општините и тестирани во регионот во текот на 2012.

Распоред и локации:

Модул 1: Охрид ( Македонија) Април 27-30, 2014
Модул 2: Созопол (Бугарија) 10-14 Јуни, 2014
Модул 3: Созопол (Бугарија), до крајот на август / почетокот на септември

 

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT

"FOOD SAFETY FOR THE REGION OF SOUTH-EAST EUROPE, 2012-2013"

Project Financing:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
German federal ministry for economic development and cooperation (BMZ)

Project Duration: 2012 - 2013

Introduction

As a federal enterprise and leading development cooperation agency in Germany, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. It is also engaged in international education work around the globe. It offers technical and financial support to organizations and institutions in the region of south-east Europe for over two decades.

Tailored services

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH offers demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. To ensure the participation of all stakeholders, it applies a holistic approach based on the values and principles upheld in German society. This is how it facilitates change and empowers people to take ownership of their own sustainable development processes. In doing this, GIZ is always guided by the concept of sustainable development, and takes account of political, economic, social and ecological factors. It supports the partners at local, regional, national and international level in designing strategies and meeting their policy goals.

To download the whole project brief, please, go to the following link:

PROJECT BRIEF

PROJECT BROCHURE

CAPACITY BUILDING FOR THE USE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN MUNICIPALITIES OF SOUTH-EAST EUROPE

(www.energy-project.info)

Project Financing:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
German federal ministry for economic development and cooperation (BMZ)

Project Duration: 2011 - 2014

Project Status: The project has been approved by the supporting organizations in December 2010

Regional project activities have intensively been implemented throughout 2011.

Background:

  • Current energy systems in many municipalities hinder economic development in SEE
  • Limited municipal, economic operators‘ and private households financial resources & budgets (energy losses, high maintenance and repair cost, monopoly structures that dictate prices etc.)
  • Municipal energy systems are mostly incompliant with today’s environmental standards

Project Goals:

Strengthening of the competencies and capacities of 8 participating municipalities´ administration to modernize their energy systems towards:

  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Economic efficiency
  • Sustainability
  • Protection of the environment
  • Local value generation from decentralized energy production

General Approach and main activities:

  • Focus on small and medium sized municipalities as they are neglected in international know-how transfer and investments
  • Regional approach in order to work on existing challenges and offer exchange of solutions in the comparable municipalities
  • Sensitization of community leaders and citizens to the potential economic and environmental gains through energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy resources
  • Training and transfer of applicable know how, skills and tools for the technical and financial development of municipal energy concepts and for efficiently managing energy pilot projects
  • Information and consultancy of communal administrations for concepts and preparation of contracts for public private partnerships in the energy sector
  • Exchange of experience with German municipalities and communal enterprises
  • Specialized study tours to regional best practice examples
  • Consulting municipalities in development, design and implementation of pilot projects

Participating municipalities:

  • Gjilan, Kosovo
  • Kakanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kesan, Turkey
  • Mezdra, Bulgaria
  • Mojkovac, Montenegro
  • Pancevo, Serbia
  • Shkodra, Albania
  • Strumica, Macedonia

Further potential participants:

  • representatives of local community associations and umbrella organizations
  • technology suppliers from the private sector for PPP models
  • international financing and donor organizations
  • NGOs in the areas of environmental protection and community development
  • German municipalities with the best practice projects

Expected Project Outputs:

  • Modern communal energy concepts developed in a participatory process
  • Feasibility studies for specific projects related to energy efficiency and renewable energy created
  • Funding sources for local investments in energy pilot projects obtained
  • Experience and knowledge of distribution of the modernization process by linking project participants through the Internet platform exchanged and regional events organised
  • Pilot projects implemented

Project organisation and structure:

Implementing Partners

GIZ: Financing, international coordination, liaison with international stakeholders, quality supervision

Municipal administrations of 8 municipalities/cities: Implementing bodies

BalkanNet: Regional coordination, logistic support, running internet platform, public relations

Green City Energy, Germany: Training and know how transfer

Project budget: ca. 300.000 EUR

Important websites:

www.giz.org

www.greencity-energy.de

 

 

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY MACEDONIA AND BULGARIA, 2012

The international foundation Balkan Net (BN) and the National Association of Municipal Clerks of Bulgaria (NAMCB), supported by the Council of Europe and the Hanns Seidel Foundation implement the project LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, 2012. In the framework of the project wereorganizedthree workshops: the first stage took place from April 01-04, 2012 in Ohrid, Macedonia; the second workshop took place from June 03-05, 2012 in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria; and the third workshop took place from September 15-17, 2012 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Project’s main target group are municipalities from Bulgaria and Macedonia and their representatives, such as majors and representatives from different sectors of the local governments, such as municipal local development specialists and managers, public relation officers etc. Associations and also NGO’s working closely with municipalities can also benefit from this project.

The LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, 2012 has a major goal to increase the cooperation between Macedonian and Bulgarian Municipalities in assessing their strengths and weaknesses and in finding the way for better and effective leadership. On these workshops, the participants will be also introduced to further thinking and practice of modern leadership and relation with their own municipalities. This will be possible by facing their own leadership approaches, using innovations, managing conflicts, understanding the leadership requirements for inner-municipal cooperation, using a modern approach to human resources management, using accountability and leading through emotional intelligence processes.

No matter how hard these modern leadership implementation and learning practices may look like, the LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, 2012 offered tailor made lectures and exercises conducted by four trainers and experts who possess the necessary experience and know-how and are deeply involved in the leadership topics. They are as follows:

  • Mr. John Jackson – Lecturer of the Council of Europe for the leadership program and member of the international advisory council of NAMCB
  • Mr. Zdravko Popov - Mr. Popov is diplomat, former ambassador of Bulgaria in the Czech Republic (2006-2011) and currently chairman of the advisory board of Balkan Investment Consulting Agency and general manager of Public Affairs Consultancy and Management Ltd. Bulgaria.
  • Mr. Stanimir Kiskinov – Expert from NAMCB (National Association for Municipal Clerks of Bulgaria)
  • Mr. Valentin Lazarov – President of the NAMCB

The workshops of LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, 2012 took place in English and Bulgarian with consecutive interpretation in Macedonian.

 

IMPROVEMENT OF MANAGEMENT CAPACITIES OF PUBLIC COMMUNAL ENTERPRISES IN ALBANIA AND MACEDONIA

Project financing:

Central European Initiative (CEI) through the Austrian Development Cooperation Agency (ADA) and own resources from Balkan Net and the project stakeholders ADKOM and ERRU

This project was in line with the CEI Plan of Action 2010-2012 (Human resource development) as well as with the KEP (know-how exchange program) priority areas: strengthening capacities of central administration (including institution building, improvement of efficiency and performance of the State administration).

Project goal:

applying of good practices towards long-term financial and investment planning, sustainable commercialization of public communal enterprise (PCE), particularly improving their economic performance, efficiency and competitiveness, profitability and value.

Implementation partners:

  • Balkan Net, International Foundation (project needs identification, project design and regional coordination, implementation and management)
  • Kommunalkredit Public Consulting GmbH (providing of training curricula and trainers)
  • Association of PCE of Macedonia – ADKOM (local coordination of the
  • Water Regulatory Entity of Albania

Project Implementation period: May – October 2010

Participants: Senior managers of different sectors of 17 public communal enterprises from Macedonia and Albania

Project Outcomes:

  • Enable municipal, regional or state “owners” (such as boards, mayors, municipal finance departments) to adequately control their stakes in PCE and adequately exercise their rights and obligations in an informed and proactive manner,
  • Enable senior utility managers to improve the long-term financial and operational performance of their organizations.

Project Outputs – results of the project. The project contributed to the realization of the following results:

  • Improving organizational development - Enabling mid and higher management of enterprises to use appropriate, state of the art and simplified management instruments and practices; understand the specifics of management of municipal/public enterprises in comparison to the “private businesses”.
  • Facilitating the human resources development, facilitating efficient and sustainable organizational structures within the enterprise, within and between its departments, as well as in the relations with the owners, partners and customers.
  • Advancing financial performance and investment. Planning and facilitating transparency, creating pre-requisites to establish appropriate financial management and controlling tools for an anticipatory and proactive management at all levels, and providing information to the public, supervisory institutions, investors, banks and other (potential) financiers.

Project modules:

Module 1: Introduction to Financial Planning for Water Utility Companies

Module 2: Introduction to Multiyear Investment Planning

Module 3: Performance Based Contracts and Benchmarking

Module 4: Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Project Finance

Module 5: Practical Guidelines for Working with IFIs and Donors

Project budget: Approx. 54.000 EUR

Important websites:

www.cei.net

www.ada.gov.at

www.publicconsulting.at

www.adkom.org.mk

www.erru.al

 

The Road to Acceptable IPA CBC Joint Project Applications between Bulgaria and Macedonia

International workshops held in

  • Vinica, Macedonia, October 30th to October 31st, 2009
  • Sandanski, Bulgaria, November 29th to November 30th, 2009

Objectives and results:

The programs IPA and CBC provide funding resources for cross border cooperation of new EU and EU pre-accession countries, granted by the EU and other donors.

On behalf of the GTZ Macedonia and the Association for Regional Economic Development of the Bregalnica and Strumica Region and in close cooperation with the Bulgarian Association of Municipal Clerks, BalkanNet designed, implemented and moderated the international project “The Road to Acceptable IPA CBC Joint Project Applications between Bulgaria and Macedonia”.

Overall objective of the action is to contribute to strengthening the capacities for and the commitment to regional development in Macedonia and Bulgaria.

The project goal read: “Cross-border project ideas are collected and the relevant Bulgarian and Macedonian organizations are enabled to jointly elaborate and write project applications for the IPA CBC program.”

More than 25 participants from both countries (municipal clerks, member of the associations, local and international consultants etc.) were involved. The project was implemented in the eastern part of Macedonia and the western part of Bulgaria.

In the end, the following two project applications for the CBC program were submitted:

  • “Establishment of Macedonian-Bulgarian mobile festival – Pleasured Planet”
  • “Cultural organisation networking towards acceleration of cross-border tourism”

Project budget: 14.500 EUR

www.ipa-cbc-007.eu

 

Municipal Waste Water High Technologies - MADE IN GERMANY

International conference, Belgrade, March 18 - 20, 2009

Objectives and results:

The German manufacturer of sophisticated technologies for treatment of municipal and industrial waste water TIA-ABWASSER (www.tia-abwasser.de) and the international foundation Balkan Net organized an international conference on Municipal Waste Water High Technologies in Belgrade. The conference was supported by the German Governmental Capacity Building and Development Organisation InWEnt (www.inwent.org). Main aim of the conference was to present the recent technological achievements in treatment of municipal and industrial waste water to interested stake-holders from Serbia, Bulgaria and Albania.

The conference involved Managers of wastewater treatment plants and water supply companies from Albania, Serbia and Bulgaria, mayors and government representatives. The 63 participants enjoyed the lively discussions of the successful conference.

 

Establishing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in South East Europe

Consortium: BASME - Balkan Net Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro

(www.basme.com.mk), (www.csr-see.com), (www.csr-award.com)

01/06/2007 to 31/12/2008

Objectives and results of the project:

The purpose of the project is to introduce Social Responsibility (CSR) in South East Europe. Enterprises will be introduced to CSR and to CSR’s possible contribution to their business success. The project aims to animate 2.000 regional enterprises to participate with own CSR projects, to promote the CSR in the institutions through public relation activities, to establish a point of contact in every involved country and to spread the idea of CSR in general.

Together with ILTIS, Germany (www.iltis.de) the consortium BASME - Balkan Net is coordinating and implementing the project on behalf of InWEnt for the Balkan region.

Budget: 72.000 €, funded by InWEnt

 

Waste Water High Technologies – Made in Germany

BalkanNet with TIA – ABWASSER, Germany

(www.tia-abwasser.de)

01/11/2007 to 01/02/2008

Objectives and results of the project:

The purpose of the project is to introduce Waste Water High Technologies – Made in Germany by presenting a German model of communal and industrial waste water treatment to the Macedonian line ministries, associations and public communal enterprises. To this end, two international workshops were organized in Macedonia and in Germany by the international foundation BALKAN Net on behalf of the German enterprise TIA – ABWASSER. BALKAN Net organized the invitation procedures, provided the necessary logistics, translation and interpretation services and accompanied the official Macedonian delegation, consisting of Mayors, Directors of the public communal enterprises and senior government officials during the visit in Germany.

Budget: 10.035,00 €

Establishment of a Public Private Partnership Unit within the Macedonian Ministry of Economy

Consortium: ARÖW, BalkanNet

01/11/2007 to 01/10/2008

Objectives and results of the project:

Motivated by the desire to continue and broaden the successful cooperation and aiming to avoid overlapping of donor funding and activities, the Ministry of economy of the Republic of Macedonia, the international foundation BalkanNet and the USAID’s Business Environment Activity has established a process of cooperation by the establishment of the PPP Unit within the Macedonian Ministry of Economy.

ARÖW, Germany and BalkanNet contribute with general organization of the entire project, provision of local and international expertise, moderation of the seminars and workshops etc.

Budget: 43.228,00 €, co-funded by InWEnt (www.inwent.org) and USAID/BEA (www.bea.org.mk)

 

MINSER - PPP Project for Modernization and Ecological Sanitation of Mining and Energy sector in Serbia

Consortium: ZAB – Zukunft Agentur Brandenburg, TU- Bergakademie Freiberg, Ministry of mining and energy of Republic of Serbia, BalkanNet

01/09/2007 to 31/12/2008

Objectives and results of the project:

In the frame of the project MINSER (Mining Serbia) five workshops for Serbian stakeholders in the field of mining and energy sector take place, where Germany experts transfer their know-how and experience to Serbian colleagues. The project is based on the experience of modernization of mining sector in East Germany, especially in the states of Brandenburg, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. So far three workshop were held and it is planned that two more workshop and one capacity building seminar will take place. Two Serbian experts shall attend a three week study tour to German mining organizations and enterprises.

Budget: 290.000,00 €, co-financed by InWEnt, Zukunftsagentur Brandenburg (www.zab-brandenburg.de/de/2505_1761.aspx) and private partners.

Market research in Albania

BalkanNet Albania with CIVET 2000 (www.civet2000.com)

01/08/2008 to 30/09/2008

Objectives and results of the project:

BalkanNet Albania and CIVET 2000 performed a market research project in Albania on behalf of the Macedonian company Fuchs Mak. The scope of the study was to identify potential companies as selling and distribution companies for FUCHS lubricants in Albania.

For the interview a questionnaire was prepared as guidance for the discussion with the companies, in accordance with the client’s requests. Contacts were made with experienced companies enjoying a good market reputation in the country. Out of 17 identified businesses, 14 were contacted. The outcome of the market research was a recommendation for five companies. These companies were then contacted directly by Fuchs Mak in order the make the final selection.

The service provided by BalkanNet/CIVET2000 was evaluated as excellent by the Macedonian customer.

Client: private Macedonian company Fuchs Mak.

Impressions of the workshops

Capacity building on renewable energy and energy efficiency 2011 – 2014

Improvement of management capacities 2010

IPA CBC 2009

Impressions - TIA 2009

Impressions - CSR

Impressions - TIA 07/08

Impressions - PPP Unit

Impressions - Minser

Impressions - Albania