Transparentnost | Giving Balkans


On Thursday, January 27, at the How NGOs Can Show Transparency and Gain Trust event, we talked about three tools that make it easier to show responsibility to the community more effectively. We presented information on the importance of transparent work through available resources with which organizations can gain greater trust and proactively exercise their influence in society.

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The nonprofit organization Civic Initiative was founded in 1996, when a group of prominent activists recognized the need to create a social, civic base that supports democratic change by teaching citizens about their rights, democracy and civil society.

Today, Civic Initiatives are guided by fairness, responsibility and activism in their work, and conduct their activities through two programs: the Civil Society Capacity Building Program and the Public Policy Program.

This organization based in Belgrade recently won a blue badge that confirms their complete transparency on, which is why we talked to Dragoslav Barzut, manager of the Public Policy Program of Civic Initiatives. In a new interview, Dragoslava told us more about transparency in the nonprofit sector, their connection to the community and the benefits of the platform.

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It is quite possible that you only recently heard about "Somborske šnajderke" during the Belgrade Fashion Week - or maybe this is the first time you meet their story. In any case, at the very beginning, this association could present itself as a team of five women, beneficiaries of the safe house, who gained self-confidence and began to search for their identity in social entrepreneurship.

This is how “Somborske šnajderke” was created - a women's social enterprise focused on integrating women and children, victims of domestic violence back into society, which directly employs victims in the production of bedding, souvenirs, toys… They invest the excess of their income in support of women, immediately after leaving the service of safe houses.

In addition to their activities, “Somborske šnajderke” organized their first fashion show this year, and the funds raised were directed to training for the work of 10 women throughout Serbia. The campaign on the platform helped them in that, which provided the necessary support.

The team of hard-working women also proved that they do their business responsibly, which was confirmed on In our new interview, which followed the blue badge of complete transparency, they gave us an insight into their activities, goals, and programs. Find out more about it from Tamara Savović, one of the founders of “Somborske šnajderke”.

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Famous Serbian shooter Zorana Arunović and her sister Jelena founded the "Olympic 011" sports association in 2016 in Belgrade. This club is dedicated to improving shooting sports, and they are focused on improving the national team's results.

Some of the goals of the association, among other things, are the common good and social benefit, and as they point out, they are dedicated to precision and accuracy - both in sports and in life.

A large number of medals won at the most prominent world competitions confirms the talent of the members of the club, and their efforts to carry out their activities in the community responsibly were approved on

As it usually happens, after winning the blue badge of the highest transparency on that platform, an interview with the representative of "SK Olimpik 011", Zorana Arunović, followed. You have probably already heard of Zorana – recently, she achieved great success at the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, winning a gold medal.

Despite her obligations, this multiple European champion took the time to talk to us and assess the position of women in sports and the importance of responsibility. She told us how Nadja Higl inspired her to strive for great goals and "hit right in the target" next year.

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