The Institute for Youth Development KULT within the Snaga lokalnog project has developed a self-assessment tool of organizational capacity to support the development of local organizations. In the past period, representatives of the Institute held meetings and presented the tool in 4 local organizations. Meetings were held with the organizations Poduzetnice IN, the Network of Active Communities, the Association Agora and the Association ASUS.
Representatives of the associations talked about the challenges they face in their work. The Institute will work on establishing support mechanisms in the coming period in order to overcome the obstacles that the associations have. Also, the Institute will continue to do introductory meetings with other organizations, present them the tool for self-assessment and work on the development of internal capacities of organizations.
“Our priority is to get administrative guidance support. At the moment, we do not have rulebooks, adequate premises or enough people. I believe that by strengthening the capacity of the organization, we will be able to apply for significant grant support”, said Tarik Fatić, President of ASUS.
The mentioned Associations have been actively working for several years and have a number of successful projects behind them that they have implemented both on their own and in other local communities. With all the successes they have achieved so far, they are aware that there is a possibility for further progress and development of the associations. Along the way, they face various challenges, such as insufficiently built capacities, and they recognized the Snaga lokalnog project as an excellent opportunity to strengthen their own capacities. In addition, they have mentioned other challenges such as lack of knowledge in the project application process, project management, creation and implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning plans, quality regulations and lack of premises.