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Public Policy and Advocacy

Join the cause. Make your voice heard. Create real change.

National Leader Network galvanizes rural people to speak out for change. We're amplifying individuals’ voices on important community issues. As the largest rural CSOs network in Serbia, we provide a platform for rural people to take meaningful action that makes a difference.

Policy change can be big or small. It can be petitioning the school board to require healthier snacks and meals. It can be urging the government to invest more in rural schools, or make rural payments per hectare permanent. Or it can be mobilizing all our contacts to speak out, in person, through media, social networks or events, on a critical cause, like making LEADER measure 202 available, significant and operative within EU IPARD II program now.


In order to succeed and become sustainable, rural chagemakers - much like business entrepreneurs - require support structures tailored to their needs. National Leader Network is building an infrastructure that supports the growth and expansion of the field of rural social innovation and entrepreneurship, including access to IPARD II 2014-2020, VP and other financing and capital, bridges to the government, business and academic sectors, and strategic partnerships that deliver social and financial value.

NLN has long recognized the importance of collaboration with other sectors, particularly business, whose models of competition and innovation provide critical lessons for rural organizations. Our work in this area is helping close the historical gap between the government, business and civil society, creating important avenues for integration and synergy between all three sectors.

Adding one more tool in the rural social investment toolkit, NLN launches the field of Venture Philanthropy (VP) support in Serbia. Venture Philanthropy works to build stronger social purpose organisations by providing them with both financial and non-financial support in order to increase their societal impact. NLN provides bridges to these multi-sector partners across the Europe who increasingly look to support high-impact changemaking talents and new ideas to solve rural social problems.