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07Apr

INVITATION FOR BIDS

  1. Client: Rural Development Network of North Macedonia, within the project ” Support to BRDN in institutional development to Revive Rural Communities in the Western Balkan”, funded by the Swedish development organization “We Effect”.
  2. Subject of the procurement: The subject of procurement is engaging a consultant/ gender equality expert for preparation of gender equality policy for BRDN member networks (rural development networks of Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, Albania, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina).

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19Feb

  1. Client: Rural Development Network of North Macedonia, within the project ” Support to BRDN in institutional development to Revive Rural Communities in the Western Balkan”, funded by the Swedish development organization “We Effect”.
  2. Subject of the procurement: The subject of procurement is engaging a consultant/ gender equality expert for preparation of gender equality policy for BRDN member networks (rural development networks of Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, Albania, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Detailed descriptions of the tasks for the consultant are provided in the Terms of References.

The bidders are obliged to submit:

The most favourable bidders will be notified and invited to sign the contract.

3.1.2.1_ToR _consultant

25Dec

More than 25 representatives of LAGs (Local Action Groups) and LAG initiatives of the Western Balkan countries (North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia), participated in the 2-days online training on the following topics:

1. Animation and Mobilization of rural stakeholders regarding LEADER approach

2. Administration and Management of LAGs

BRDN continuously works to support the capacity building process related to LEADER approach, as vehicle for social inclusion and decentralization of public interventions based on a bottom up approach to local rural economic development.

BRDN uses the expertise from the the Croatian Rural Development Network which coming from an EU member country, has a long-term practical experience in implementation of the EU LEADER approach. Therefore, this 2-days training, conducted by managers of LAGs from Croatia, was a great opportunity for the LAGs’ representatives of the Western Balkan, not only to gain knowledge and information through practical exercises and group work, but also to raise discussions and exchange experiences related to the implementation of LEADER.

The training was supported by the Swedish development organization We Effect, through the project for strengthening of the capacities of the Balkan Rural Development Network.

13Nov

  1. Client: Rural Development Network of North Macedonia, within the project ” Develop capacities of BRDN network to become accountable actor for development of sustainable rural areas in the Western Balkan Region”, funded by the Swedish development organization “We Effect”.
  2. Subject of the procurement: The subject of procurement is engaging trainer and co-trainer for conducting online training in English, for representatives of LAGs from 6 Western Balkan countries (North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina), covering the following topics:

– administration and management of LEADER LAGs; and

– animation and mobilization of rural stakeholders regarding LEADER approach.

Detailed descriptions of the tasks for the trainer and the co-trainer are provided in the provided Terms of References.

The bidders are obliged to submit:

  • Professional portfolio with relevant experience
  • Financial offer
  1. The bids should be submitted not later than 20th November, 2020 to the both e-mail addresses: t@ruralnet.mk and ljubomir.n@ruralnet.mk

The most favourable bidders will be notified and invited to sign the contract.

 

3.2.1-ToR-Co-Trainer_LEADER-training.pdf

3.2.1-ToR-Trainer_LEADER-training.pdf

29Oct

To recognize “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty”, October 15th is celebrated worldwide as the International Rural Women’s Day. Following the good practice of the Rural Development Network of North Macedonia, which traditionally organizes an event each year and gathers all relevant stakeholders around the country for October 15th, the BRDN partners, the rural development networks of Montenegro and Serbia, this year initiated the celebration of the International Rural Women’s Day in their countries.

Taking all precaution measures due to the latest developments with the pandemic, the networks organized 2 small events of about 30 participants in Niksic, Montenegro and Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia.

The President of the Network for Rural Development of Serbia, Dragan Roganović, who opened the event, emphasized the important role of women in the development of the rural economy and the rural livelihood in general. He pointed out that only actions which are coordinated by all stakeholders, starting from decision makers, local authorities, associations, the business sector and women themselves, can create good preconditions for improvement of the position of the rural women. Some great examples of rural women entrepreneurship were presented during the event, such as rural woman who started the family business within rural tourism and rural woman who produces traditional food. 

The Network for Rural Development of Montenegro and the organization, Olive Growers’ Association “Boka” gathered more than 20 participants for the occasion of October 15th, expecting for this kind of gathering to grow into traditional celebration in the years to come. Ratko Bataković, the President of the Network for Rural Development of Montenegro in his welcoming speech emphasized the crucial role that women and girls play in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing, which has been increasingly recognized. The participants at the event also had the opportunity to visit a rural women entrepreneur in small village of Brsno, nearby Nikšić and to hear her story about starting the small business, the mini factory “Cornelian” for production of juice and other products of cornelian cherries.

The event in Montenegro was complemented by joining the celebration in North Macedonia, which was organized through Zoom by the Rural Development Network of North Macedonia and the National Federation of Farmers. This way the rural stakeholders in Montenegro could see how high importance is given to the International Rural Women’s Day in North Macedonia and how this celebration has contributed in raising the voice of rural women in the country.

The celebration of the International Rural Women’s Day in North Macedonia, as well as in Serbia and Montenegro, was supported by the Swedish Development Organization We Effect as part of the activities implemented for strengthening of BRDN capacities.

09Jul

A vision for rural Europe

Harnessing the potential of rural areas to contribute to a sustainable & prosperous Europe

The Agricultural and Rural Convention, ARC2020 mobilized a panel with civil society organizations and rural movements, who introduced an open discussion with citizens participating via videoconference, followed by an exchange of views between the presidents of the Committees for Agriculture and for the Environment of the European Parliament.

This overall event “A vision for rural Europe – Harnessing the potential of rural areas to contribute to a sustainable and prosperous Europe” was organized by the President of the Renew Europe Group, Dacian Ciolos and was held on 7 July, 14.30 – 17.00 Cest.

Petar Gjorgievski, was also featuring this discussion to share the views of the CSOs working on rural development in Western Balkan, under the umbrella of the Balkan Rural Development Network. He was speaking of the potentials of the Western Balkan rural areas, the existing gap between rural and urban areas, as well as the needs for investing in the development of the rural areas.

“The rural development process of the Western Balkan is one of the major driving processes that can really accelerate the EU accession process of the Western Balkans. However, to achieve this we need to invest in strengthening of mutual trust on every level, among people, institutions, at national level, but also there is a big investment need for impowering the trust among the Western Balkan and the European Union and to build important equal partnership. Of course that we are aware that somehow the Western Balkans have this negative image from the past, but such a perception of constant mistrust creates a deadlock in the EU integration processes and also negatively affects to the development of the rural areas. So, we want to change this perception into a positive perception that the Western Balkans have specific values that bring us closer than divide us, and these values can only enrich the values of the EU.” said Petar Gjorgievski in his address.

 

https://re.livecasts.eu/a-vision-for-rural-europe?fbclid=IwAR3H-jsxCQThi8yD2e8To2mPIBkjGAmhRWslx2ygs-uz6uZkNCKM_V7g-GM

 

22Jun

The members of the BRDN’s Working Groups have started to work on development of BRDN’s Advocacy and Lobbying Strategy and Action Plan. Advocacy and Lobbying is one of the priority areas of work of BRDN, but there’s a need of a clear vision of the advocacy issues on which BRDN will represent its constituents and design future activities. At the 2 hours Zoom meeting, held on June 18th, 2020, the members of the Working Groups discussed about their experiences and different issues they’ve advocated on, at national level and managed to draft priorities and actions related to advocacy and lobbying for BRDN. Having in mind that the national rural development networks, members of BRDN, are all experienced in this area of work, BRDN just gives them opportunity to raise these issues on regional and EU level, and to be more influential in the process of representing the needs of rural communities in the Western Balkans.

05Mar

 

  1. Client: Rural Development Network of North Macedonia, within the project ” Develop capacities of BRDN network to become accountable actor for development of sustainable rural areas in the Western Balkan Region”, funded by the Swedish development organization “We Effect”.
  2. Subject of the procurement: The subject of procurement is engaging consultant for conducting a three-day training in English, for representatives of LAGs from 6 Western Balkan countries, covering the following topics:

– administration and management of LEADER LAGs; and

– animation and mobilization of rural stakeholders regarding LEADER approach.

Detailed description of the task is provided in Term of References.

The bidder is obliged to submit:

  • Professional portfolio with relevant experience
  • Financial offer
  1. The bids should be submitted not later than 10th March, 2020 to the both e-mail addresses: aleksandra.t@ruralnet.mk and ljubomir.n@ruralnet.mk

The most favourable bidder will be notified and invited to sign the contract.

3.2.1 ToR consultant_LEADER training(Download Here) 

18Feb

In the period from 6th to 8th February, in Belgrade, Serbia, training on fundraising skills improvement for the members of the BRDN’s Working Groups was held. The goal of this training was to develop skills and practices for effective fundraising with focus on writing of the project proposals for EU funding, as well as exploring other possibilities for obtaining funds, such as corporate and individual support as well as through maintaining Social Enterprise Model. 11 members of the Working Groups, nominated by the BRDN member networks, improved their skills in fundraising as an effort to set up the basis for their future work in supporting BRDN to become strong actor in sustainable rural development in the Western Balkan.

24Dec

Since its informal establishment in March 2011, the Balkan Rural Development Network – BRDN, with the joint efforts of its members, has started to become recognizable among many relevant international organizations and public institutions, at regional but also at EU level, as a potential leading actor in the rural development in the Western Balkan region. The BRDN members have worked hard during the past 8 years and dedicated a lot of their time and energy to lay solid pillars, upon which they can build eminent figure among all rural stakeholders in the region and wider. With formalization of BRDN, they are now moving a step forward towards becoming a stronger social asset for the Balkan rural communities that will significantly contribute to development of sustainable rural areas in the region. The founding assembly of BRDN was held in Skopje, on December 6th, when the rural development networks of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, signed the registration documents as founders of the Network. The other two BRDN partners, the rural development networks of Serbia and Albania are joining later as full-fledged members. This way BRDN will continue to represent more than 200 rural development associations from the region and will advocate for the interests of more than 9 million rural people from the Western Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

“I expect that BRDN will prove to be a social asset for the Balkan rural communities, that will be able to utilise the opportunities and strengths of today, in order to annul the challenges of tomorrow and contribute to innovative and sustainable solutions to the current and future social and rural development issues,” said Petar Gjorgievski, the newly elected President of the Balkan Rural Development Network – BRDN.

Thanks to the support of the Swedish Development Organization We Effect in the past 2 years, BRDN managed to lay dawn firm basis of the organization and prepare all crucial documents that give directions and goals in the future work.

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