Center for civil society development PROTECTA

Centar za razvoj gradjanskog drustva PROTECTA





Participation & activism



Human rights



Address: TPC Kalca BI-43, Obrenoviceva bb, 18000 Nis, Serbia
Tel/fax: +381 (0)18 522 788; 514 360; 514 361

Center for civil society development PROTECTA

PROTECTA was founded by the participants of the Student protest in 1996/97 whose aim was to direct the energy of the young in the future towards positive social activities on the local and national level. Although it was registered in 1998, PROTECTA began conducting its activities in 1997 even, as an informal group.
The most significant step in the development of the organisation was the opening of the Information centre for the NGOs in southern Serbia in January 2000. At the time of the great pressure upon the media and NGOs during the Milosevic regime, PROTECTA’s Information centre informed the activists of the NGO sector about the news, possibilities of cooperation, obtaining funds and activities towards creating a civil society in Serbia. Activists and the management of PROTECTA were arrested and taken to hearings on several occasions. Owing to the education of its members and recognising genuine problems of the local communities in southern Serbia, PROTECTA became an object of interest for a large number of donors. In 2000 we realised 3 projects with the annual budget of 30 000 German marks. A great number of young people helped PROTECTA grow, create new projects and gain new friends with their ideas and enthusiasm. PROTECTA teams were created in that way, through which young people can get information and realise their ideas in the fields of interest. PROTECTA grew gradually, both structurally and in programmes, year by year, with the growing support of its donors.
The association Center for civil society development PROTECTA is a voluntary, non-political party, non-governmental and non-profit association, founded permanently for achieving goals of building civil society in Serbia.
The goals of PROTECTA are:
1. Encouraging and strengthening independent civil and youth initiatives through building capacities and citizen awareness;
2. Promoting democracy processes on the local, national and international level and building the role of citizens in the processes of decision reaching;
3. Building capacities for organisations and important institutions for the development of social and economic standards.
• Promoting democracy, democratic values and legislation;
• Developing civil society and the civil sector in Serbia;
• Decentralisation and regionalisation of society;
• Promotion of European integration standards and values;
• Youth policy, standard, education, activism and voluntarism;
• Economic strengthening of the population and economic subjects;
• Fight against organised crime and promotion of the idea of legality;
• Promotion of the innovative models of social activities in the local community and sustainable development;
• Culture and intercultural exchange
Activities which PROTECTA achieves for accomplishing its goals:
• Organises actions in the field of public advocacy;
• Organises campaigns of building and developing civil awareness;
• Organises volunteer actions;
• Consults organisations of the civil society, public and private sector;
• Collects and analyses professional literature from the area of its work and interests;
• Realises its own researches;
• Organises science assemblies, debates, presentations, other assemblies and training seminars;
• Designs and prints publications, video and audio collections;
• Cooperates with other organisations and institutions on achieving goals of the organisation and takes on other activities in accordance to the law, statute and needs.
Donors of PROTECTA have been as follows:
• Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning
• The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
• The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)
• City of Vranje
• Pirot Municipality
• European Commission
• European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)
• Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC)
• Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (IDEE)
• Democracy Commission USA
• Rockefeller Brothers Fund
• Balkan Trust for Democracy
• City of Nis
• City municipalities of: Medijana, Palilula, Pantelej, Crveni Krst, Niska Banja
• Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade
• Freedom House
• East West Institute
• Council of Europe
• MercyCorps Kosovo
• CHF International
• Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
• Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
• International Relief and Development (IRD)
• Coopi
• National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
• UN-Habitat
• European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR)
• Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Serbia (MOS)
• Regional Chamber of Economy Nis (RPK Nis) and Philip Morris International (PMI)
• United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)