Established in 2009, the Bulgarian Platform for International Development (BPID) brings together 16 development NGOs with diverse expertise in development education, human rights, gender, minorities’ rights/education/integration, disability, children and youth, social inclusion, health. The Platform is governed by the General Assembly (GA), which gathers every year and votes for the management board members, the chairperson and the approval of new organizations to become members of the Platform. The elected management board consists of five persons and elects the chairperson of the board. The board members are responsible for the decision making and reporting to the GA. The everyday coordination and operational work is done by the Executive Director and the secretariat of the Platform.
In 2015, BPID signed the first ever Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since then BPID is an official partner of the Ministry for the development cooperation issues, initiatives, programmes and projects related to Bulgaria’s participation at EU and UN level.
BPID is prioritizing its activities on SDGs in line with the expertise of the BPID members and the thematic directions for work of the Bulgarian government described in the Mid-term Programme for Bulgarian Participation in International Development (2016-2019) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since the beginning of 2020 BPID actively participates in consultations with MFA in the drafting process of the new Mid-term Programme for Development Assistance and Humanitarian Aid 2020-2024 which is expected to be adopted by the Government by the end of 2020.
In its last activities BPID refers to the set priorities and more precisely on the issues related to SDG 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages), SDG 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all), SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls), SDG 8 (Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all), SDG 10 (Reduce inequality within and among countries) and SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) and their linkage to SDG 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere) as well as to SDG 16 (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels) and SDG 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development).
Additionally, BPID and its members are among the most visible and active organizations in Bulgaria for promotion of all SDGs and advocating for their implementation.
Activities on Inequalities:
Most of the activities (both of the Platform and of each member organization) refer to the goals to reduce inequalities. BPID increased its visibility and influence in the countries of the Western Balkans and the Black sea region and is planning to work with partners for those countries and improve the civil society involvement in advocacy and implementation of the SDGs in the region.
Main Constituency groups:
According to the BPID strategic plan there are 5 priority/thematic areas of work and respectively working groups among members: Advocacy (on national, EU and international level); Global education and promotion of all SDGs, Health issues, Supporting democratic processes and developing civil society in neighbouring countries; Humanitarian aid and integration.
- Development education
- Human Rights
- Minorities’ rights, education and integration
- Children and Youth
- Social inclusion