Mena Group facilitation and graphic recording services during the development of the National Coalition for Decentralization’s Strategic plan

August 4, 2014 | Posted in News | By

April 25-28, 2014

Mena Group facilitation and graphic recording services during the development of the National Coalition for Decentralization’s Strategic plan

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Mena Group ltd facilitated the development of a Strategic plan for the National Coalition for Decentralization in the period between 25th – 28th of April 2014 in Vrnjacka banja. The participants were representatives from 10 different members (CSOs) of the National Coalition for Decentralization and the Secretariat, who through a participative and interactive process created the basics of the strategic plan.

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Apart from providing the services of facilitating the workshop, Mena Group representatives also worked on graphic recording of the entire strategic planning process during the workshops, a novelty in Serbia.

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Mena Group facilitates the „retreat“ workshop for the Secretariat staff of the National Coalition for Decentralization

August 4, 2014 | Posted in News | By

April 28-29, 2014

News – Mena Group facilitates the „retreat“ workshop for the Secretariat staff of the National Coalition for Decentralization

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Mena Group representatives facilitated a day and a half „retreat“ workshop and team building for the Secretariat team of the National Coalition for Decentralization in the period 28th – 29th of April 2014. During this “retreat” the participants reflected on the responsibilities and future work of the Secretariat, made a self-assessment of the organizational and individual development and worked on the challenges awaiting the team.

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Mena Group facilitators prepared various team building exercises to relax the team and create a safe environment where the team can share ideas, experiences and suggestions openly.

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“Women and entrepreneurship” in Leskovac

August 4, 2014 | Posted in News | By

11.April

Mena Group participates at the round table “Women and entrepreneurship” in Leskovac

Mena Group representative Suzana Zivkovic participated at the round table “Women and entrepreneurship” on the 11th of April 2014 in the Training centre in Vladicin Han. Suzana Zivkovic participated with the presentation “Women organization in rural areas in Serbia” where she talked about Mena Group experience on empowering women in rural areas through forming rural women organizations.

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The presentation was interactive with a lot of discussion and questions from the participants who were representatives of local self-governments, civil society organizations but also rural women.

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The round table was organized by the Centre for the development of Jablanica and Pcinja District as part of the “Support to the production of organic food in South Serbia” financed by the Austrian Development Agency – ADA.

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Transformational Leadership in South-East Europe

March 20, 2014 | Posted in News | By

Mena Group representative, Suzana Živković, attended the Mayors Symposium “Transformational Leadership in South-East Europe” held on February 10-12, 2014 in Vienna as a part of the World Bank – Austria Urban Partnership Program (UPP) in cooperation with the City of Vienna and the Austrian Ministry of Finance. It targets cities in South-East Europe, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

The Symposium culminated the first Phase of the WB-Austria Urban Partnership Program (UPP). It showcased the main Program components, achievements to date, and lessons learned. It was an opportunity for Mayors and City Leaders, local government officials, partners (NALAS, Local Government Associations) and other key stakeholders to share what they have been able to achieve on their way to reform, and how the Program helped them move forward. Mena Group representative was one of the participants at the Panel discussion on Diagnosing, treating and preventing corruption from the perspective of the Anticorruption Practitioner.

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The second meeting of CSOs in the REF funded project “Mother Child Educational Project”

March 13, 2014 | Posted in News | By

“The second meeting of CSOs in the REF funded project “Mother Child Educational Project”

 

On the 1st of March, 5 CSOs involved in the REF funded project “Mother Child Educational Project”, met in order to monitor the implementation of project activities. Mena Group ltd facilitators Suzana Zivkovic and Tatjana Obradovic Tosic facilitated the meeting using the “Six thinking hats” methodology. As Tatjana Obradovic Tosic is also the coordinator of the project, she provided the CSOs with important information on reporting and future implementation activities. The meeting was organized in hotel Majestic in Belgrade.

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Training services for Local Associations’ Capacity Building Program

February 10, 2014 | Posted in News | By

Training services for Local Associations’ Capacity Building Program

Mena Group ltd is a member of the Consortium (other members are SEEDEV and IDA) delivering “Training services for Local Association’ Capacity Building Program” in Kosovo. The Community Action Initiative Program is financed by Mercy Corps, Kosovo.

The program consists of two main activities:

(1) capacity building activities (one workshop and two training sessions) supporting formalization of up to 7 organizations and developing action plans for future activities and

(2) exchange visit, establishing roots for the future network of cooperation.
The target groups of the program are rural residents and women population from communities in the municipalities of Leposavic, Zvecan and Zubin Potok, linked by mutually implemented activities oriented towards income generation (agricultural production, village tourism, production of ethno craftworks or food for catering services, etc.) including informal, non-registered groups and recently registered associations and cooperatives.

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Conference in Ljubljana

February 9, 2014 | Posted in News | By

Mena Group representatives participated at the Conference in Ljubljana

 

Mena Group representatives, Tamara Zivadinovic and Suzana Zivkovic participated at the regional conference “Cities without Corruption, Cities with Future” in Ljubljana on December 16-18th.

The conference was planned with the aim to Improve knowledge about the Anticorruption Methodology inspired by Mayor Ronald McLean Abaroa’s successful experience in La Paz, Bolivia; Share experience in elaborating Anticorruption Strategic and Action Plans, in 12 Local Governments from 7 SEE countries applying the participatory strategic Anticorruption Methodology;

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The training for PRAG procedures organized

February 8, 2014 | Posted in News | By

PRAG procedures

 

During the development of “The Anticorruption action plan”, the employees of the local municipality of Boljevac recognized public procurements as a critical point. They considered that acquiring new knowledge in the field of public procurement could provide them with expertise to be better able to resolve and prevent activities sensitive to corruption within this area. Thus, one of the activities in the project “UrbanGovernanceCapacityBuilding in Boljevac, Serbia” (Provision services under the WB-Austria Urban Partnership program “Cities without corruption – Cities with future”) was the organization of the workshop on PRAG procedures.

The two day workshop on PRAG procedures was organized in the municipality of Boljevac on December 3-4th 2013. The trainer Cedomir Draskovic delivered the workshop for 15 employees from the Municipality and public institutions from Boljevac.

Public procurement according to PRAG procedures is the process used by government institutions, public sector or non government organizations in order to provide supplies, services and works under projects funded by the European Commission or other similar donors. Such expenditure is a significant and influential component of the economy, especially for small municipalities with small budgets or for other entities from underdeveloped areas. In that respect good understanding of these rules can also be useful for conducting public procurement for development of the anti-corruption strategy.

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Forum Origin, Diversity and Territories

February 7, 2014 | Posted in News | By

Forum in Geneva

 

Mena Group representative Tamara Živadinovic participated at the forum “Origin, Diversity and Territories” on November 19-21st 2013 in Geneva.

This important event was designed to assess the relationship between the development strategies of quality linked to origin, biodiversity and cultural diversity and regional economic development. The forum “Origin, Diversity and Territories” was co-organized by REDD, FAO, Biodiversity and Development and CIRAD.

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Regional conference Women and property rights

February 6, 2014 | Posted in News | By

 

Mena Group representative participated at the regional conference “Women and property rights” in Pristine

 

Kosovo Agency for Gender Equality (AGE) in collaboration with the Kosovo Cadastral Agency and supported by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and the World Bank organized a conference on “Women access to property rights”, on December 9th 2013 in Prishtine/Pristina. The Agency for Gender Equality is an executive institution mandated to draft, apply, propose, coordinate and monitor local policy in terms of gender aspects in line with international norms and covenants on gender equality.

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