Technical Assistance for
Civil Society Organisations

What is TACSO?

TACSO’s mission is to increase and improve the capacity and actions of CSOs as well as their democratic role. Through TACSO’s capacity building activities, support and assistance, the aim is to achieve a strengthened civil society and to stimulate a civil society-friendly environment and culture.

The Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organisations (TACSO) 1 Project began in August 2009, received an extension in 2011 and officially closed in August 2013. The TACSO 2 Project began in September 2013 and will be implemented until November 2017. 

TACSO is part of the Civil Society Facility (CSF) which is a European Union (EU) mechanism that provides support to civil society organisations (CSOs) in those countries that are not yet part of the EU. 

CSOs play an important role for the EU, because they are seen as key actors in supporting their country’s accession process. The CSF’s aim is to therefore strengthen CSOs so that they are able to actively participate in public debate and eventually have the capacity to influence policy and decision making processes.

While TACSO 2 continues to support CSOs and to contribute to enabling the civil society environment along the same lines and actions as the past four years, there are four key issues that the project will centre its activities around:

  1. further strengthening civil society’s role in national democratisation and accession processes;
  2. increasing the communication and visibility of civil society’s contributions to society;
  3. supporting the discovery of new resource mobilisation strategies and approaches, which are needed to provide civil society sustainability and development; and
  4. improving the legal and institutional framework for civil society actions.

TACSO 2 functions under the main components of People 2 People (P2P), CSO capacity building and visibility as well as support to the CSF. 

For more information about TACSO 2, please download our Brochure and Fact Sheet.

For more information about our first four years, please take a look at our Brochure 2010, Brochure 2012 or Fact Sheet. 


The Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organisations (TASCO) project Consortium presents a mix of organisations with local and international expertise. The partners have been carefully selected in order to secure an effective achievement of all project goals and to support civil society organisations in the region of the Western Balkans and Turkey towards their EU integrations. The Consortium has an extensive experience in successfully implementing international projects in transitional and developing countries.

SIPU International - the Swedish Institute for Public Administration - is the lead partner of the Consortium and is responsible for the overall implementation of the project. SIPU International is a consultancy and training organisation specialized in public sector development, with an extensive experience in providing support to the institutions most essential to democracy development. SIPU forms part of the FCG Group, which operates in around 20 countries and has a record of consultancies in about 50 countries globally.

Ecorys is one of the oldest and largest economic research and consulting companies in Europe, with a 84-year history, which started in 1929 with the establishment of the Netherlands Economic Institute in Rotterdam. Today it represents an international group of companies specialising in economic and social development.

INTRAC, the International NGO Training and Research Centre, was set up in 1991 to provide training, consultancy and research services to organisations involved in relief and development. INTRAC's goal is to improve civil society performance by strengthening management and organisational effectiveness and by tracking and documenting trends in policy.

Partners Foundation for Local Development (FPDL) - is a Romanian non-governmental organisation which supports the democratic processes of governance; Civil Society development; promotion of a new culture of change and conflict management; Public Administration and NGO representatives through capacity building activities in order to be more effective, efficient and accountable. 

Euclid Network (EN) is a growing European community of change-makers who share values built around creating a positive social impact. It aims to empower civil society leaders, social entrepreneurs and social innovators for a global community of engaged and active citizens. Euclid Network currently has members in over 31 countries (including several neighbourhood countries) and encompasses a community of 5000 contacts.

Association for Civil Society Development SMART is a not-for profit organization established in July 1999 led by a team of professional trainers/consultants with a large (15-20 years) of experience in the Croatian non-profit sector. Association for Civil Society Development SMART encourages efficiency and efficacy of non-profit sector and intersectoral cooperation, and promotes volunteering.