Post-conflict Civil Society in Cyprus

The Cypriot Civil Society Strengthening Programme (CCSSP) was a programme of support for the development of civil society across Cyprus, 2007-2008. This successful programme involved partnerships between The Management Centre (from the Turkish Cypriot community) and the NGO Support Centre (from the Greek Cypriot community) and INTRAC (UK).

Cyprus has been uniquely divided for 30 years: the Greek and Turkish Cypriots were separated in 1974 and were almost entirely cut off from each other until 2003. In this context the Cypriot Civil Society Strengthening Programme (CCSSP) provided support for the development of civil society across Cyprus, from 2007-2008. This programme was carried out by local NGOs working across the island with The Management Centre (from the Turkish Cypriot community) and the NGO Support Centre (from the Greek Cypriot community), linking with INTRAC, a UK based NGO. The programme was funded by UNDP-ACT in Cyprus, with support from USAID.

The programme aimed to contribute to:

  • A strengthened role for civil society as a crucial actor in deepening citizen's dialogue within and across communities, and participation in decisions affecting the island's development.
  • Sustainable local capacity building support provision in both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.
Year of publication: 
2010
Collection: 
UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair
Country: 
CYPRUS
Themes and sectors: 
Civil society

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