JAKARTA, KalderaNews.com – The European Union (EU) has launched a project worth EUR 255,000 or IDR 4.4 billion to strengthen Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Indonesia.
The project “Strengthening Indonesian CSOs Adaptive Capacity and Resilience in Response to Covid-19 Pandemic (CO-EVOLVE)” will be implemented by Penabulu Foundation over the next two years (2020-2022) and will target 200 local CSOs in 34 provinces as the main beneficiaries of the programme.
“We are proud to announce this new grant agreement with Penabulu Foundation to strengthen Indonesian CSOs’ capacity and resilience to overcome the economic and social impact of Covid-19. In line with the EU priorities on digitalisation, the project will also support the digital transformation of Indonesian CSOs by promoting the use of technological tools for increased outreach, even beyond Indonesia,” said EU Ambassador Vincent Piket.
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“Digital technologies are powerful tools to complement direct relations with the community, which remain at the forefront of CSO actions. The project covers all 34 provinces of Indonesia and we expect that the outcomes will continue beyond the life of the project to benefit more CSOs and ultimately the Indonesian citizens.”
CSOs in Indonesia have a long tradition of supporting development, humanitarian assistance and public policy advocacy across the country, especially in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
However, CSOs have felt the impact of the Covid-19 crisis strongly, as programme implementation and organisational sustainability are at risk. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic can provide a momentum to accelerate the evolutionary process of CSOs to access alternative sources of domestic funding and maximise the use of information and digital technologies.
The CO-EVOLVE project aims to promote joint evolution of Indonesian CSOs to build organisational resilience in dealing with the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and other crisis, as well as to promote collective action as a key driving force to implement sustainable development.
Specifically, the project is designed to strengthen the enabling environment and capacity of Indonesian CSOs to mobilise domestic resources to mitigate the social and economic impact of COVID-19 as well as to support the government in accelerating progress towards achieving the SDGs in Indonesia.
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