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Croatian CSOs Established Anti-Poverty Network

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The Association for Social Policy Initiatives, the Red Cross of the City of Zagreb, the Catholic Association “Drop of Goodness”, the Croatian Homeless Network and the “Pragma” Association established the Croatian Anti-Poverty Network on March 28, 2014, in Zagreb.

The Croatian Anti-Poverty Network was founded as a national network of associations and individuals that provide services and advocate for the rights of poor, vulnerable and socially excluded persons, and work in the area of public policies for eradication of poverty in Croatia. The Network aims to work as a member, and with the support, of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN).

The Network wants to join the efforts for eradication of poverty through advocacy and influence on public policies, initiatives, in continuous cooperation with EAPN. The Network will unite the interests of different vulnerable groups which will have an opportunity to participate in the work of the network as self-advocates and through CSOs’ facilitation.

The idea for the creation of the Network goes back to 2011, when the Association for Social Policy Initiatives organized a gathering that discussed the topic of poverty in Croatia, with participation of EAPN and the academic community.

“The need for the Network and its potentials are indisputable. In addition to the public promotion of the Network and the expansion of its membership, it is important that we immediately start with concrete activities – present our positions on the strategic national documents and implement various activities on national and European level”, said professor Nino Žganec, the newly elected President of the Network.

Representatives of about 30 CSOs, foundations, representatives of the academic community and citizens participated in the constitutional assembly. The creation of the Network was also supported by the Ministry of Social Policies and Youth and the City of Zagreb.

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