The Advocacy Training and Resource Center (ATRC) is a Kosovar non-for-profit organization that works to increase citizen and civil society participation in decision-making, as a prerequisite for a developed democratic society and regional stability.
ATRC works with representatives of NGOs, civic initiatives, public administration, political institutions and media regardless of religion, political affiliation, ethnicity, age, gender, capability and sexual orientation. ATRC accomplishes its goals through grant administration, advocacy, capacity building, information exchange and networking.
Since its establishment in 2001, ATRC in Prishtina has assisted numerous NGOs in Kosovo wide to professionalize their work, articulate their demands, and advocate to government structures about issues affecting Kosovo society through mentoring, training, grant-giving, advocacy, information exchange and technical assistance.
In order to achieve its mission, ATRC also cooperates with other NGOs on Kosovo-wide advocacy campaigns that focus on democratic development and public participation, and hosts a resource center and library with publications on social, political, and economic issues related to Kosovo and the Balkans.
ATRC is one of the grants making organization in Kosovo that has administered over 87grants. ATRC has built its reputation as a prominent grant-making body in Kosovo that has been able to diversify its funding and programmatic base
Moreover ATRC is well known for providing a platform for discussion on the most pressing issues concerning the civil society and ordinary citizens by organizing and facilitating public dialogues and roundtables. ATRC has designed and implemented more than 100 roundtable/public discussion forums, participated in major electoral reforms, organized a number of advocacy campaigns as well
ATRC is governed by a 5 member Board of Directors and managed by its Executive Director. Currently ATRC has a full-time staff of 13 and 2 part time.