The training for civil society organisations in Montenegro was the third in raw, to complete the serial of trainings organised in the project countries. It was held in Podgorica from 3 to 5 October 2018.
Training included participants from NGO Juventas, NGO Queer Montenegro, Institute Alternative, Montenegrin HIV Foundation and CAZAS (Montenegrin Association for Fight against AIDS). These organisations active in different fields and thus can jointly contribute to the achieving of the goal of the project. For example, Institute Alternative is one of the most prominent organisations when it comes to budget analysis, while Juventas is organization known for advocacy in the area of health as well as the oldest harm reduction program in Montenegro. The training was held by Vlatko Dekov and Darko Antik.
The introductory part of the training was dedicated to presentation of the DPNSEE to the participants as well as establishing common goals of the training process. After that participants got the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the process of budget analysis and budget advocacy. They were discussing what is the importance of the budget advocacy and how can budget advocacy be effectively used as a tool for achieving set policy goals.
Fist part of the training was dedicated to the budget analysis process – how it is done and what are the resources needed. Using practical and group work participants had the opportunity to analyse certain aspects of the budgets of the relevant ministries. They were working on gathering and comparing data as well as discussing which are additional methods of data gathering.
Second part of the training was dedicated to the process of the budget advocacy. Once the budget analysis has been developed the task was would be to implement advocacy process. Participants were jointly working on the identification of the stakeholders, task division and creation of the National Advocacy Plan.
Participants agreed that it is necessary to make assessment of the costs of the harm reduction programs – minimal and optimal package. Participating organisations agreed to submit all of the relevant information which are in their possession. It was also agreed to focus analysis on the budgets of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour and Social Care and Ministry of Justice for the past three years.
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