Local Democracy in the Western Balkans (RELOAD) is a new regional programme that aims to strenghten participatory democracies and European Union integration processes in the Western Balkans by empowering civil society to take an active part in decision making.
Transparent project-based funding of civil society organizations will encourage greater civic engagement in decision-making and improve the provision of services at the local level. Partnerships between local governments and civil society will be strengthened.
- Funding and implementation of 200 public-interest projects in the Western Balkans;
- Improved services and quality of life for more than 38,000 citizens;
- Strengthened capacities of 50 local governments in the region to manage grant schemes and of CSOs to implement high-quality projects;
- Promotion and facilitation of dialogue and cooperation between CSOs and local governments across the Western Balkans, through regional events and peer-to-peer exchanges.