Registered in 1998 under Bulgarian law, Partners Bulgaria Foundation (PBF) is an independent, non-governmental organisation (NGO). PBF’s mission is to facilitate the process for democratic development in Bulgaria by supporting institutions, NGOs and specialists to improve policies and practices in areas like judicial law, social care, child protection, education, economic development and ecology.
The organisation works to improve the dialogue between the citizen body, the government and the business sector,while encouraging various underrepresented organisations, groups and ethnic communities to participate in the decision-making processes.
Partners Bulgaria Foundation works toward achieving its goals through the following activities:
- Research, analysis, evaluation and recommendation for change in policies concerning socially marginalised groups (including ethnic minorities, children without parental care, children and youths at risk, under-aged offenders and others).
- Education on themes like: effective communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, mediation, civic education, leadership, organisational development, group consensus and others.
- Mediation as aid for individual people, groups and organisations in conflict resolution.
- Cooperative planning, facilitating meetings and public discussions as well as decision-making processes. PBF also aids in creating initiatives for conflict resolution on a local level.
- Campaigning for public awareness toward issues of common importance.
Partners Bulgaria Foundation is supported by foreign and local organisations and government agencies: USAID, OAK Foundation, The King Baudouin Foundation, Tulip Foundation, The British Embassy, The American Embassy, The Dutch Embassy, Save the Children Fund, Open Society Foundation, European Commission and others.
Partners Bulgaria Foundation is a part of the international organisation Partners for Democratic Change (Partners) which works towards development of the civic community, promoting human rights, democracy and the principals of law. A main focus in Partners’ work is promoting a civic sense for peaceful conflict resolution. The Partners for Democratic Change network constitutes centres in Argentina, Columbia, Mexico, Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungaria, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Jordan, Yemen, Peru and the United States. The centres conduct research, training and consultations, introduce programs for development and promotion of peace in over 60 countries around the world.