Providing civil society organisations (CSOs) with new insights, best practices, innovative ideas or tools is key to their development. Doing so outside Cyprus is paramount to a healthy and strong Civil Society.
In May 2017, Civic Space organized a study visit in Tallinn, Estonia to contribute to bring the Turkish Cypriot community closer to the European norms in terms of non-profit law and freedom of association. Estonian CSOs benefit from a supportive legal environment, infrastructure, and public image, have significant organisational capacities, and are strong advocates and service providers. Organising a study tour for representatives of Turkish Cypriots CSOs and local body was an extremely valuable learning experience for the 7 participants.
To support interested CSOs that have been working on different aspects of the fight against trafficking in human beings, Civic Space organised, in August/September 2018, a study tour to Brussels, Belgium with a 1-day extension visit to Amsterdam, Netherlands for a group of 9 participants. The study tour allowed the participants to meet with CSO networks and individual CSOs as well as international organisations and Belgium national institutions focusing on the fight against trafficking in human beings.
Belgrade, Serbia welcomed the Civicus International Civil Society Week in April 2019. An annual event gathering CSOs from all around the world, it is a global gathering for civil society to connect, debate and create shared solutions. Civic Space ensured the participation of 11 CSO representatives from the Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities.
In order to support CSOs to better operate as actors of governance and become key partners for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on the Sustainable Development Goals, Civic Space organised a study visit for 11 participants to the EU Development Days held in Brussels, Belgium, in June 2019. This study tour also allowed participants to hold specific meetings with European NGOs to connect and create collaborations.