About the Project

In modern democracies civil society organizations (CSOs) play an important role in a large scale social activities and civic activism. Various forms of civic associations and other civil society organizations allow citizens to uphold and defend their legitimate interests in public and political life, such as building a state ruled by law, combating unemployment and poverty, advocating social inclusion, environmental protection, etc.

Following the adoption of the Law on Associations in July 2009, which created a better legal framework for civil society organizations in the country, the Government of the Republic of Serbia decided to establish the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society. The Office, which was officially set in January 2011, has become the key link between state institutions and CSOs.

As a part of the IPA 2011-2013 support to the Government of Serbia, through its Civil Society Facility Programme, the EU launched a project titled “EU Support to the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society". The project started in November 2012 and will last until November 2015.

The Project is implemented by the Swedish Institute of Public Administration (FCG SIPU International) with consortium. The total value of the project is 1.198.750, 00 EUR. The general objectives of the project "EU Support to the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society" are:

  • Support to the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society in the creation and development of enabling environment for civil society;
  • Capacitate the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society to successfully fulfill its mandate; and strengthen the dialogue between the government of Serbia and CSOs;
  • Support the EU Delegation to the  Republic of Serbia by monitoring the program EU IPA “Support to Civil Society “ (Civil Society Facility) grant scheme.
A team of experts joined the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society in mid-January 2013. The team members are Branka Andjelkovic, Team Leader/ Senior Expert in Public Policy, and Andreja Tonč, Managing and Monitoring Grants Expert.

Project team

Branka Andjelković
Senior Expert in Public Policy (Team Leader)

Branka Andjelković has over 15 years of professional experience in democratization processes and civil society development. Throughout her career Ms Andjelkovic gained profound insights into challenges and complexities pertinent to civil society development in South East Europe.

Working towards higher participation of civil society in socio-economic transition processes, and increased participation of CSOs in public debates on democracy, human rights, social inclusion and the rule of law, she has experience in leading large teams, developing and managing multi-million civil society programs run by different donors in Serbia: United Nations Development Programme, EC/European Agency for Reconstruction and Oxfam GB.

Andreja Tonč
Senior Managing and Monitoring Grants Expert

Andreja Tonč has over 12 years of professional experience in civil society development and civil society initiatives in South-East Europe including Croatia and Serbia. As a Grant Scheme Expert and CSO Trainer and Consultant, she has over 10 years of experience in design, management and implementation of grant schemes and grant-making programs of the EU, World Bank, USAID addressing civil society development, democracy, human rights, education, social welfare, local community development, etc.

Her experience in working with relevant ministries and governmental agencies on improving the grant-making process and enhancing the participatory role of CSOs in policy and decision-making brings a valuable asset to the project.

Milica Stojčić
Administrative and Financial Assistant

Milica Stojčić gained experience on projects funded by the European Union. Before joining this team, she worked on the project “Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organizations” (TACSO) as Administrative and Financial Assistant.

She provided backstopping in communication with civil society organizations, organized trainings and workshops implemented by TACSO program (seminars, conferences, round tables) on national and also on regional level, and prepared media releases about numerous project activities.