CENTRE FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
MIDDLE MORAVIA (CCO)
THE CCO IS A NON-PROFIT NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES INFORMATION AND ADVISORY SERVICES TO REPRESENTATIVES FROM PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES.
Citizen/NGOs participation in local and regional development
CCO designs and implements public participation programs in planning and decision-making. For example programs for citizen participation in planning and designing of public spaces, in housing estate revitalizations, in preparation of community development strategies or in investment planning. Within this program CCO organizes public hearings, interactive exhibitions, implements sociological surveys and questionnaires, facilitates citizen advisory boards etc. CCO also conducts training seminars in the field of citizen participation for public administration.
Local Sustainable Development
CCO provides consultation services for preparation of local social economic development projects with respect of sustainability principles. For example CCO prepares and updates local, micro-regional and regional development strategies; assists in preparation of local development projects and activities aimed at disadvantaged groups of citizens.
Regional Policy of European Union and Regional Development of the Czech Republic
Within this program CCO implements activities promoting principles of partnership and transparent decision-making in regional policy of European Union. In the Czech Republic we lobby for consultations and participation of public and non-profit organizations in preparation and implementation of EU regional policy instruments. CCO is actively involved in discussions about forms of regional policy, intermediates information for other non-profit organizations in the Czech Republic and prepares joint recommendations and strategies. We transfer our experience from the Czech Republic to other “new” as well as “old” EU member countries.
Educating, supporting and strengthening of non-profit non-government organizations
CCO supports and educates members of civic and non-profit organizations on all levels. We work with volunteers, organize seminars and training workshops in order to strengthen the non-profit sector. We promote interdisciplinary meetings and cooperation of non-profit organizations.