Partnership Block Grant Croatia


The Partnership Block Grant will support approximately 20 projects with up to CHF 250’000 per project, aiming at the improvement of living conditions in Croatia through the exchange of information, transfer of know-how and good practices between the two countries.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Croatia
Strengthening civil society
01.05.2017 - 31.12.2022
CHF 2'000'000

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Background During the preparation of the Swiss Contribution, various stakeholders in Switzerland signaled their interest in joint projects with Croatian partners. 
Promotion of and support to existing and new partnerships between the two countries is beneficial to both countries. Swiss partners are expected to contribute to the solution of specific development challenges, and to strengthening capacities and structures of the Croatian institutional partners. Swiss partners enrich their experience by insights in the Croatian context.Switzerland enjoys a good reputation in Croatia. Swiss expertise will be drafted according to concrete demands.

Objectives

The overall goal of the program is to promote local economic and social development in Croatia through increased mutual cooperation and partnerships between Croatian and Swiss institutions, municipalities and non-profit organizations.

The expected outcomes of the program are:

  • To contribute to the sustainable development of municipalities and counties
  • Increased participation and improved living conditions for the local population through exchange of know-how and experience
  • To strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two partner countries
Target groups

Municipalities, cities, counties, schools, universities, non-profit institutions and civil society organisations

Activities
  • Preparation of the call for proposals
  • Provide assistance and capacity building to the partner organisations in project preparation and implementation
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project implementation
    Visibility activities

 

Results

Achieved results:  

by the end of 2018:

  • The call has been successfully launched in summer 2018.
  • Despite a narrow deadline, 24 project proposals were submitted and considered eligible.
  • After evaluation of the calls in March 2019, 4 projects were awarded the contract.


Expected results:  

  • 20 to 25 projects are implemented, with the purpose of improving living conditions for the local population in different locations of the country
  • Regular reporting to follow-up the developments in local areas
  • Overview of implemented projects elaborated and published


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North
  • Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs


Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   2'000'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   0
Project phases Phase 1 01.05.2017 - 31.12.2022   (Current phase)