JEDRO – Adriatic cross-sectoral educational and Community Center for sustainable development of the island.

ABSTRACT: The JEDRO Project addresses the problems of inadequate working conditions and capacities of associations for sustainable social action in island communities. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of life in the Municipality of Murter-Kornati and the wider environment by establishing a social development center. The project will put into use an unused public space owned by the Municipality, which throughout history has served as a starting point for social and development activities of the island. This will expand the range of services of general interest to the local community, but also to create conditions for sustainable social development work in line with the needs of our time.

The municipality of Murter-Kornati (OMK) is the most accurate JLS with 160+ islands, islets and cliffs, 2,044 inhabitants (99% on Murter, Kornati and Žut). Despite the attractiveness of the area, demographic trends are bad (2001-2011, as much as 35.4% less of the working age population!). Seasonality of work, monoculture of tourism, poor valorization of natural and cultural resources, weak social life, growth of social problems, insufficient involvement of citizens in development, are some of the key problems from the Strategic Development Plan of OMC 2016-2021. Although the community is traditionally active and has about 20 associations (culture, art, sports, environmental protection…) that produce about 40 events a year (Carnival “Murter Grandmothers”, regatta “Latin Sail”, wedding ceremony “Murter Feast”, “Nights of Colentum” …) attractive and outside the local level, despite the undoubted potential, due to lack of knowledge and resources for work, there is stagnation, fatigue and a decline in the quality of results. Instead of drivers of development, associations and their programs themselves are threatened.

Furthermore, there are public spaces of exceptional value in the OMC that have not been used, are deteriorating, and even pose a threat to security. The first targeted public space of this project is a historical example of civic activism.

The project is in line with the objectives of the Call and the OP because it works on:
– expanding services for citizens by establishing an innovative educational and social development center of local, regional, national and even international relevance;
– capacity building of CSO employees and volunteers;
– systematic coordination and cooperation of existing, but also the involvement of new stakeholders from all sectors;
– introduction of new management models;
– development of social innovations and social entrepreneurship (SOE);

This investment improves:
– the work of existing and encourages the work of new CSOs (eg Drama amateurs of Murter – new CSOs, old tradition),
– improve existing and establish new social development programs,
– encourages the development and sustainability of civic activism,
– create new quality, year-round jobs,
– encourages (self) employability of residents, solidarity, equality and inclusion, integrated development, quality of life and social cohesion of the islands by contributing to about 10 national and EU regulations and national strategic and EU documents.

Citizens will be involved in needs analysis, development planning and programs in accordance with the expressed interests.
Local CSOs need conditions for work, development and implementation of programs and activities, which is ensured by renovating the space in the building of the Municipality of Murter-Kornati into a co-working space for offices, meetings, training, etc. events. Also, CSOs do not have the capacity to work on fundraising, so the burden falls on the local self-government. In order to increase the sustainability of their efforts, CSOs will be educated on social entrepreneurship, EU funds and a strategic business plan of 6 CSOs will be developed. One member of the partner CSOs will be employed through the project until a sustainable business model is established. CSOs will participate in the development of the strategic plan and management model of DC JEDRO.

Employees and volunteers are important stakeholders in the success and sustainability of CSOs. Unfortunately, CSOs do not have the resources to invest in human resource development, so their capacities are limited, especially in terms of opportunities to improve performance and results, and their possible significant social and economic development roles for themselves and the community. Through project activities, they will acquire social entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, increase their civic, social and economic involvement, and their (self) employability. In 2009, professors from the University of Zadar launched an initiative to affirm the island as a place of research and education, as well as to modernize and bring the University closer to the needs of society and the economy. This collaboration creates a pilot cross-sectoral collaboration on the principles of a five-envelope IRI cluster involving the public, civil, private, IRI sector, and ecosystem.
Through this project, public sector stakeholders will strengthen civil-public partnership with local CSOs through all project activities, which achieves synergy in the preparation, financing and implementation of projects in line with public sector development goals.

In short, the project contributes to solving key problems and needs of target groups and local communities by establishing DC JEDRO and creating spatial, human and organizational capacities for smart, sustainable and inclusive development and improving the quality of life of Croatian island communities.

GOALS: 1. Improve the professional and social-entrepreneurial capacities of civil society organizations and their responsible persons, employees, members and volunteers; 2. Improve the cooperation of CSOs and the local community in the use of public spaces and increase the use of public spaces for social life at the local level through civil-public partnerships and cross-sectoral cooperation; 3. Improve the capacity of community-led local development CSOs. PROJECT ELEMENTS: 1. Development and implementation of community social center programs, ie CSO programs that contribute to community development (acting as community social centers) in publicly owned premises; 2. Design, development and introduction of modern initiatives for citizen participation in the process of managing public spaces in the local community and / or at the regional level; 3. Adaptation of publicly owned space for organizing selected project activities from Element 1; 4. Promotion and visibility; 5. Project management and administration.

USERS: 1) Local population 2) Teaching staff, students and pupils 3) Visitors and the tourism sector 4) Creative and cultural-artistic sector, innovators and people with business 5) Children, young people, the elderly, the long-term unemployed, women, people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups 6) Local economy, and especially micro, small and medium enterprises 7) Local and regional communities and their inhabitants, CSOs, public institutions and entrepreneurs in the wider environment. Furthermore, given the objectives of the call, and the objectives of the project, in addition to partner associations, the project will include public sector representatives: partner public institutions such as the Municipality of Murter Kornati and the University of Zadar (as partners), the National Library and reading room Murter, primary school and kindergarten in Murter, PI NP Kornati, PI NP Krka, Regional Development Agency ŠKŽ, Šibenik-Knin County itself and many other stakeholders, including local self-government and local committees of the island and the coastal zone in the area because they are employees , the administration, but also the users of the public sector are increasingly aware of the need to step towards better and more comprehensive cross-sectoral cooperation.

PARTNERS: HOLDER: Association for the Protection of Nature and the Environment and the Promotion of Sustainable Development of the Argonauts PARTNERS: Cluster for eco-social innovation and development CEDRA Split Cultural and artistic association Zaokret Matica hrvatska branch in Murter Municipality of Murter-Kornati University of Zadar Association for the promotion of the value of a wooden ship and traditional ways of sailing "Latin sail" Collaborators: CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION "MURTER POKLADE" DRAMATIC AMATEURS MURTER

DONORS: Grants provided from the State Budget of the Republic of Croatia (15%) and from the European Social Fund (85%). IMPLEMENTING BODIES: Level 1. Office for Non-Governmental Organizations of the Government of the Republic of Croatia Level 2. National Foundation for Civil Society Development

DURATION: 24 months starting from 29.05.2020.

BUDGET: 1.999.243,34 kuna

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