EC is engaged for a democratic governance and sustainable economy in the local level (as well as regional) through community mobilization, overseeing public decision-making and partnership in the implementation of development programs and policies.
To fulfill this mission, the organization implements projects and initiatives within two main programs: Inclusive Cities / Municipalities and Sustainable Development. While the third program is designed as a support unit for the operation of the organization and aims to address three external and internal challenges: 1. Insufficient volume of empirical knowledge in the country, including reliable statistical data, specialized analysis and professional opinions, 2. The need to consolidate internal capacities, especially in research, databases, analysis, management, community development and sectoral expertise, and 3. Lack of long-term financial sustainability by diversifying revenue sources, with an emphasis on providing services for the third parties.
The conceptual triangle that will guide the work of the organization in the next five years (2020 - 2024) has the following elements: 1. Inclusiveness, 2. Sustainability, and 3. Knowledge. EC believes that democratization and overall state development is a process that must be planned and built from the bottom up. At the core of democratic governance lies the openness and involvement of all in decision-making aimed at the common good, while development planning requires the rational use of territorial resources, without compromising their usability by future generations. Both democracy and development must be built on the basis of sound knowledge that guarantees wise and visionary decisions and actions.
1. Impartiality - EC acts on the basis of thorough and comprehensive analysis and avoids hasty and impulsive actions. EC aims to support and push forward the alternatives which according to research turn out to be the most appropriate, regardless of whether the masses of society do not support this option.
2. Activism - EC members will be activists who engage on a regular basis to advance civic engagement to fulfill the organization's mission.
3. Orientation towards results - EC members are oriented towards achieving results, where the effort does not meet the expectations of the organization if it does not end with the expected results.
4. Community is the base of the action - EC will always be close to the community, learning from the citizens and building consensus on the interaction and shaping of society.