Partnership and Expert Fund Bulgaria

Project completed

The goal of the Thematic Fund „Partnership and Expert Fund“ is to promote and enhance institutional partnerships between Bulgarian and Swiss partners as well as to mobilise Swiss expertise. Swiss partners and expertises shall contribute to the solution of specific development challenges, strengthen capacities and structures of the Bulgarian institutional partners and bring Swiss added value.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Bulgaria
Strengthening civil society
Bilateral partnerships
01.07.2011 - 30.11.2019
CHF 4'000'000

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

Background

With the fall of communism, solidarity’s fervour arose in Europe for supporting a quick socio-economic development in the Eastern Countries. All kinds of associations and public institutions in Europe, including municipalities, schools, hospitals, museum, firemen associations, etc. supported existing Bulgarian institutions or newly created NGOs. With the gradual establishment of the democracy and economical progress, top down supports from abroad evolved towards more equal relations between local and foreign institutions, taking the form of partnerships. This fruitful form of cooperation based on popular solidarity lost momentum with the Bulgarian accession to the EU. Today partnerships, mostly financed by EU or EEA grant programs, are driven by exchanges of professional experience and expertise between Bulgarian and foreign institutions.

Objectives

The goal of the Thematic Fund „Partnership and Expert Fund“ is to promote and enhance institutional partnerships between Bulgarian and Swiss partners as well as to mobilise Swiss expertise. Swiss partners and expertises shall contribute to the solution of specific development challenges, strengthen capacities and structures of the Bulgarian institutional partners and bring Swiss added value.

Target groups

The civil society and public administration in Bulgaria in general

Activities

The intervention strategy includes three main pillars:

  • A partnership project in the field of social dialogue aiming at providing a major contribution towards improving the working conditions of employees using Swiss experiences.
  • A portfolio of small and medium partnership projects of non for profit and public institutions to be identified and selected after a call for applications (call expected to open end of october 2011).
  • Short term inputs of Swiss experts delivered to governmental organisations and non-profit organisations with a legal status in Bulgaria.

A managing and capacity building body (Swiss Intermediate Body) will guarantee the good use of funds, the link to Swiss partners and the sustainability of the Swiss support activities.

Results

Achieved results:  

  • Partnerships between 28 Bulgarian NGOs and 30 Swiss organisations, and between 2 municipalities (Gabrovo-Thun), allowing for transfer of Swiss know-how, innovations and experiences and increasing capacity of the partnering Bulgarian organisations.
  • All projects contributed to local development in Bulgaria in diverse areas like strengthening democracy, transition to market economy, inclusion of marginalized groups, etc. 


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Swiss Private Sector


Other partners

Intermediary Body: Foundation InnovaBridge in Caslano, Neosys Ltd in Berne and the Balkan Institute for La-bour and Social Policy (BILSP) in Sofia; Executing Agency: Various Swiss and Bulgarian
non for profit and public institutions

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   4'000'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   4'004'289
Project phases

Phase 1 01.07.2011 - 30.11.2019   (Completed)