The capacity building of NGOs is beneficial for the state, and hopefully, the Government of Armenia shares this view.
Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Armenia, told the abovementioned to the media Thursday in capital city Yerevan, at the public consultation on capacity-building of civil society organizations.
The main emphasis of the [respective] project is to help local NGOs, especially [those] located far from Yerevan, which makes fundraising more challenging, Świtalski said.
He noted that the experience of other countries—including Poland, his place of birth—shows that civic activists can really achieve a lot. But what is needed is also a change of mindset by political leaders. They should not look at NGOs as a threat, or as rivals or competitors for power.
This is not true, even if for many NGOs the main task is to make the government hear critical voices and to make the life of the government challenging difficult; this is part of a democratic culture, Piotr Świtalski concluded.