On the 14-16 of March, members of ChildPact from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Romania and Serbia met in Tirana for the General Assembly of 2018.
The annual assembly of ChildPact has become a landmark event of our network of networks, bringing together representatives from the 10 countries united in ChildPact and from our collaborators in the region. The two days and a half spent in Tirana (Albania) have been an excellent opportunity for ChildPact’s network to share updates and exchange ideas, but also to further build the team spirit with both the old and the new representatives of our members.
The first day has been dedicated to the “United Voices for Children” (UVC) project meeting led by our partner AgroInvest Foundation Serbia. The “United Voices for Children” (UVC) project runs from 2015 until the end of 2018 and is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through World Vision Germany and AgroInvest Foundation Serbia.
Seven ChildPact members coming from the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and South Caucasus strengthened and united under ChildPact worked together under the UVC project, making use of their expertise and joint power to monitor and influence government actions on behalf of the most vulnerable children in our region and develop themselves as networks. The project is in the final evaluation phase and this day has been used to get an overview of the advocacy and communication activities carried out in the first 3 years of the project implementation, discuss the intermediary evaluation report findings and discuss opportunities and ideas for follow-up and continuation of project activities.
On the second day, the General Assembly of ChildPact took place. The agenda included the activity and financial reports for 2017, the planned activities for 2018 and our future advocacy initiatives. The members have approved several tools and procedures aimed at strengthening ChildPact’s governance and provide an example of good practice to its members, networks of organizations themselves. Following its change of statutes and leadership last year, this year ChildPact members have approved the Code of Conduct that will bring an important contribution to the improvement of our governance practice. The General Assembly also elected two new members of the ChildPact Steering Committee: Mariana Ianachevici (from APSCF in Moldova) and Arjel Trajani (from BKTF in Albania).
On the third day the members of ChildPact have visited the day care center for children managed by SHKEJ, member of BKTF network, the member of ChildPact in Albania. The center offers services for over 50 children aged 5 to 14 from the neighborhood of Tirana where it functions, providing educational, psychological and medical support for children, warm meals, psychological support and counselling for families etc. The center is fully funded from projects and donations, most of them from foreign donors.