About

Resources for Democracy was a project implemented by the NGO Support Centre in collaboration with the University of Nicosia the Center for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD) and the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) with the support of UNDP-Action for Cooperation and Trust.

The project sought to draw from the expertise and academic excellence of the implementing organizations in order to lay the grounds for the creation of an established, academically accredited program on Civic Participation in Cyprus. This programme provided students and CSO practitioners both from Cyprus and the Euro-Mediterranean region with the theoretical understanding and practical knowledge in the field, contributing towards a vibrant civic society.

During the implementing period of the project, August 2014 to July 2015, a face-to- face course and two online modules were developed and delivered. These courses were academically accredited by the University of Nicosia and were available to students and CSO activists, from Cyprus and the region. Furthermore audio and audio-visual material on the field were developed by the academic team of the project.

Additionally, and as part of the project, a regional workshop/conference was held in Cyprus with the participation of academics and CSO practitioners from the region. Finally this online platform which hosts a variety of tools through which to explore democratic governance and active citizenship, both theoretically and practically, was developed.

Mission

Resources for Democracy has worked towards building the theoretical skills and knowledge of both students and CSO activists in the Euro-Mediterranean region so that they can be actors of positive change.

Building on the accumulated theoretical and practical experiences of Cyprus and by employing innovative pedagogic methods, Resources for Democracy, sought to enhance the theoretical and practical knowledge, sophistication and professionalism of the civil society sector. It wished to empower civil society actors to reflect on their existing experiences and knowledge and enhance their theoretical and practical understanding of key issues in order to attain a more active and effective role in the public sphere.

Finally, the project worked towards generating interest, both in Cyprus and regionally, among stakeholders and the general public in relation to the potential role citizens can play within society.

Partners

 

NGO Support Center

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The NGO Support Centre was established in December 1999 with the name Centre for Managment Studies and changed its name into NGO Support Centre, which better reflect the sphere of its work, objectives and activities. Previous activities of the Centre included among others, seminars, workshops and study visits.

Our Vision is a strong Civil Society in Cyprus, an area which is traditionally weak in our society, nevertheless necessary for its democratic operation. Consequently, the mission of the centre is the mobilisation of people and resources for the strengthening of the Civil Society in Cyprus.

Objectives of the Centre:

  • Contribution to the capacity building of NGOs with the provision of consulting services and training on management and organisation.
  • Raising awareness of the role of the third sector in the development of transparent and democratic process and the encouragement of initiatives in the Civil Society.
  • Support of initiatives that contribute to the strengthening of the Civil Society and enhancement of the relations between local and international

 

Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD)

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Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD)

Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD) is a peace-building think tank, with regional scope, that uses participatory research to make effective and sustainable policy recommendations aiming to enable societies at all levels to make informed decisions, based on the values of inclusivity, accountability and democracy.

SeeD grew out of the UNDP-ACT funded “Cyprus 2015” project, which was launched in May 2009 with the intention to create a bridge between public opinion and the policy level of the Cyprus peace process. Through its novel methodology called ‘Participatory Polling’, “Cyprus 2015” has made effective and sustainable policy recommendations and informed the policy debate regarding the Cyprus Peace talks while ensuring democratic citizenship participation based on values of inclusivity and democracy (UNSG Ban Ki-moon’s report S/2012/149). With support from Interpeace and UNDP-ACT, SeeD was officially registered in Belgium in late 2012. SeeD team is comprised of highly competent practitioners and scholars with years of combined experience in peace-building and reconciliation processes.

Our mission is to promote inclusivity and knowledge as the basis for policy decisions while raising awareness of citizens so as to increase civic participation, responsibility and multi-perspectivity. By doing these, we help address social, political and economic issues without the use of violence or coercion.

We envision peaceful and functional democracies, firmly committed to the values of inclusivity, accountability and sustainable development.

 

University of Nicosia

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University of Nicosia

The University of Nicosia is an independent, co-educational, equal opportunity tertiary education institution, combining the best elements in western education, quality standards and an international philosophy. With an international student body, a diverse range of academic programmes, instruction in English, and a commitment to multiculturalism, the University provides a dynamic learning environment in a modern, democratic, European country.

The University of Nicosia’s mission is to be the leading private university in Cyprus. In pursuit of this mission, the University undertakes to:

  • Help its students become educated individuals, achieve their academic and professional goals and assume responsible roles in a changing world of European cooperation and global interdependence;
  • Offer a diverse range of career-oriented academic programmes, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level;
  • Strengthen facilities, resources, and services, to provide a stimulating environment conducive to personal growth, discovery and learning;
  • Uphold an international philosophy and outlook, enhancing opportunities for education and understanding between people of different cultures;
  • Promote research and the generation of knowledge for the benefit of Cyprus and the wider world;
  • Be of service to society through the dissemination and application of knowledge, as well as, through innovative partnerships with business and civil society institutions.

 

Cyprus Community Media Centre

 

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The Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC), established in 2009, works to empower civil society organisations and community groups with the tools to communicate their message to a wider audience. Through training and dedicated production support, equipment loan and access to a state-of-the-art production studio, CCMC promotes the benefits of community-based media by giving people the skills to be in control of their own messages. We believe that through our work we can be an example of best practice, aiding the establishment of a vibrant community media sector in Cyprus.

Based in the heart of Nicosia’s Buffer Zone, CCMC is accessible to all communities across the whole of Cyprus. We aim to act as a bridge between the mainstream media and civil society, and to facilitate the development of sustainable relationships between the media across the Cyprus divide.

CCMC is a member of the Board of the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE), the European-wide umbrella organisation for community media organisations, practitioners and academics.