Local Engagement and Asset Development Activity

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Local Engagement and Asset Development Activity
A local initiative from Niš erects a board to highlight the problem of people leaving small villages around Niš.
National Coalition for Decentralization (NCD)


Local Engagement and Asset Development Activity is a four-year, $1.7 million project implemented by the National Coalition for Decentralization (NCD), a local network of 16 civil society organizations (CSOs) based in South Serbia. The project supports community development by mobilizing existing local resources and increasing civic engagement throughout Serbia. NCD helps to develop collaboration and strong ties between citizens, local civil society organizations, the private sector, and government.


  • Improves public perception of civic engagement and raises awareness about the potential of community resource mobilization through the Respect for Activism, a national public outreach campaign, which promotes a positive image of activism
  • Introduces innovative models promoting citizen engagement through mentoring, capacity building, and financial support to a minimum of 100 local resource mobilization initiatives
  • Supports the replication of 10-20 of the most successful local initiatives


  • Supported 21 local initiatives to mobilize communities and resources around a variety of issues including environmental protection, labor rights, air pollution, emigration, waste management, culture, and arts
  • Identified and mapped more than 140 authentic activist-led citizen initiatives throughout Serbia that show potential of community mobilization
  • Developed and completed three case studies of innovative formats of community organizing used in Europe
  • Developed web platform promeni.rs to promote authentic initiatives and activities, examples of innovative community engagement, and useful tools for activists in Serbia

Project funded by:

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID/Serbia)

Project implemented by:

National Coalition for Decentralization (NCD)

Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA) Organization for Respect and Care of Animals (ORCA)

Jelena Šantić Foundation

Media - Reform Center Nis

Where we work:


Project duration:

June 2018 – June 2022

Total amount: 



Trg Učitelja Tase 1a/2

18 000 Niš

Phone: +381 18 247153

E-mail:  info@nkd.rs

Website: http://www.nkd.rs

Social media: https://www.facebook.com/decentralizacija.org.rs https://twitter.com/decentralizuj



Last updated: December 07, 2020

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