Between October 27-29, eGA’s main lecture room EUROPE was full of representatives from civil society organisations of the Western Balkan countries – North Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro and Albania. Virtually, of course. The training course was part of the Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA project, co-funded by the European Union, and it aimed at transfering the Estonian experience to the Western Balkans countries on how civil society organisations (CSOs) could raise the awareness on digital transformation and e-services among their citizens, and among the journalists and decision-makers.
The training was intended for building the capacities of the project partners, namely Metamorphosis Foundation (North Macedonia), Levizja Mjaft! (Albania), CRTA – Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (Serbia), NGO 35mm (Montenegro) and ODK – Open Data Kosovo (Kosovo), to more efficiently conduct activities related to the Digital Agenda, among which capacity building activities for CSOs, media and public institutions.
The training began with a pre-webinar on advocacy on October 21st, following the main training, after which a post-webinar on cyber security is foreseen. The participants’ journey towards the development of the Digital agenda was guided by eGA’s experts Linnar Viik, Kristina Mänd and Kristina Reinsalu, and by Estonia’s distinguished media, communication, CSO and e-government experts Raul Rebane (media expert), Hendrik Roonemaa (tech journalist), Janek Rozov (Information Technology and Development Centre of the Ministry of Interio), Marten Kaevats (Estonian State Chancellery), Ants Sild (Baltic Computer Systems), Doris Põld (Board Member at ITL Digital Lab) and Margo Loor (Citizen OS).
The project “Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA” is implemented by the Metamorphosis Foundation (North Macedonia), the Academy of e-Governance (Estonia), Levizja Mjaft! (Albania), CRTA – Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (Serbia), NGO 35mm (Montenegro) and ODK – Open Data Kosovo (Kosovo). The project is being implemented with financial support from the European Union.