Between January 25th – 26th, 2021, the eGovernance Academy team together with the ICEDA partners, organized the first part of the ICEDA Training for sub-grantees and members of the ICEDA network on the Digital Agenda with the experience, knowledge and skills from Estonia. The second part of the training is foreseen to be in February, which will be followed by 2 webinars on topics that are selected by the participants themselves as most necessary.
The training course was part of the Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA project, co-funded by the European Union. It aimed at enhancing the capacity of the sub-grantees and members of the ICEDA network, and have them understand how the theoretical part of the Digital Agenda works in real life, how to identify and map the needs for the engagement in the Digital Agenda, how to turn the needs into solutions, how to raise awareness and promote the e-service among local communities and how to support local citizens and institutions to benefit from the Digital Agenda and e-services. The training content was based on a previous pre-assessment that was conducted with the purpose of developing a tailor-made trainings that will serve fully the needs of the participants.
The training was intended for building the capacities of the awarded sub-grantees and members of the ICEDA network from the first cycle of the small grant scheme LOT 1: Awarding sub-grants for e-Government Support Centers, namely, from Albania – Artivista Center, Epoka e Re (New Epoch) and European Youth Association, from Kosovo – Democracy Plus, Forum for Civic Initiatives and Kosovo Youth Council, from Montenegro – Center for Youth Education, Roma youth organization “Walk with us- Phiren Amenca” and Super Hub Pljevlja , from North Macedonia – Association for Citizen’s Tolerance and Cooperation (ACTAC), Rural Coallition , and SmartUp – Social Innovation Lab, and from Serbia – Center for Social Integration, Deli – Space for creative activity and SINHRO.
The participants’ journey towards the development of the Digital agenda was guided by eGA’s experts Kristina Mänd and Merle Maigre, and by Estonia’s distinguished CSO and e-government experts Janek Rozov (Information Technology and Development Centre of the Ministry of Interio), Ants Sild (Baltic Computer Systems), 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.