FUNKY CITIZENS builds research-based, data-driven online advocacy tools. Our tools aim to be educational and actionable, encouraging young citizens to engage in accountability and government responsibility initiatives in which they can see an impact. By aggregating and educating youth around a series of tools, we believe we can build the understanding and human capital necessary to influence more participatory, responsible and transparent democracy in Romania. Ultimately, our user-base should empower citizens to influence public sector reform.
Our activities are mostly focused on the area of good governance and include various platforms which use civic tech: public spending (www.banipublici.ro), open justice (www.onoratainstanta.ro), anticorruption (www.piatadespaga.ro and www.maricorupti.ro), the first Romanian fact-checking platform (www.factual.ro), but also constant civic education infographics. We have partnerships with media organizations and work closely with investigative journalists, but we are also doing advocacy (member of the civil society platform monitoring the National Anticorruption Strategy; constant participation on behalf of the civil society in the activities for the implementation of Open Government Partnership in Romania, the consultations of the European Commission Delegation within the Cooperation and Verification mechanism; advocacy for the implementation of UNCAC in Romania). We constantly participate to international and regional conferences and have strong links with networks of organizations such as those from the International Anticorruption Conference, Open Government Summit, TransparenCEE, International Fact-Checkers Network, International Open Budget Partnership etc.
Sources of funding received: Civil Society Development Foundation – EEA Grants, Civil Society Development Foundation – Swiss – Romanian Cooperation Programme, United States Embassy, Canadian Embassy, Techsoup Romania (Restart Romania), Transparency International & Ashoka, School for Leaders Association Poland, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Civil Society Development Foundation