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"Professor John Atanasov" Foundation

National Network: 
Bulgaria
Address: 
Sofia 1000, 11 Dondukov Blvd., fl. 2
Sofia
Bulgaria
Telephone: 
+359 (2) 987 33 05
Fax: 
+359 (2) 987 33 05
Mobile Phone: 
+359 885716168
Organisation Type: 
Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
Year of Establishment: 
1995
Fields of Activity: 
General Information: 

The managing bodies of the foundation are the Board of Trustees and the manager. The Board of Trustees with 3 / three / years’ term mandate, consisting of: PETYA ANGELOVA GEORGIEVA – DONOVA, KIRIL NIKOLOV ZHELYAZKOV, PETAR ALEKSANDROV STOYANOV.
The chairman of the Board of Trustees: KIRIL NIKOLOV ZHELYAZKOV. The manager of the foundation: PETAR ALEKSANDROV STOYANOV. The Foundation is represented by the Manager and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees jointly and separately.
The sources of funding are mostly based on the trainings that the foundation organises and funding from international progammes.
The modalities of action are the following: Conducting working meeting, seminars and conferences; Organizing various forms of training; finding and disseminating of information related to the realization of Bulgarian and international programmes in the field of Information Technology; Providing organizational, financial and Legal advice; Creating role models that provide conditions for the realization of the individual; Creation and distribution of printed and electronic publications; Publishing reports and other papers, related to the activities of the foundation; Elaborating of expert opinions and analyzes, organizing debates and proposals for legislative changes; Organizing research and implementation of research projects; Rendering methodological and technical support.
Main partners involved in the implementation of activities are Institute for programmes and projects management, Foundation for transparent regulations, People's roots foundation, The faculty of Physics, Nish University, Serbia.

Mission and Objectives: 

The foundation is founded in 1995 in Sofia, Bulgaria to work for achieving the following goals:
• strengthening the reputation and position of Bulgarian IT experts as well as the professional realization of people in a new and dynamic work environment
• stimulating civil society activities in the context of Bulgaria’s membership in the European Union through economic and behavioral models
• promoting dialogue and cooperation of civil society with state and local authorities as well as economic entities in solving issues of public importance such as education, local governance and democracy.
The Foundation was established with the aim of providing opportunities for cooperation on a vast territory throughout Bulgaria and abroad. In response to the increasing penetration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in our everyday life and the pursuit of the ambitious goals set by the Bulgarian government in the area of information society, the Foundation established a reliable platform for territorial cooperation not only within the Republic of Bulgaria but also abroad. This conception is bolstered by the very nature of ICTs – they transcend national borders and contribute to globalization. The projects carried out by the Foundation in Bulgaria and Ireland are good examples of territorial cooperation in the area of information and communication technologies and emphasize their increasing importance.
Areas of expertise: information and communication technologies; overall project coordination, management and administration; conducting trainings and seminars, information and publicity activities.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Project experience:
Programme: Administrative Capacity Operational Programme, co-financed by the EU through the ESF
Project title: Strengthening the Capacity of the Prof. John Atanasov Foundation, 2008-2009
Short description: This project aimed at contributing to developing the capacity of civil society organizations and improvement of information exchange, best practices and cooperation between civil society and local governance. It consisted of elaboration of training programmes for civil society structures, organization of three local forums for exchange of information, publication of reference book on development, application and management of EU-funded projects, organization of summer project management academy.
Programme: Leonardo da Vinci Programme
Project title: Professional Practice Mobility for ICT Recruits, 2004-2005
Short description: The project was developed for persons passing primary vocational training at leading vocational secondary schools for information and communication technologies (ICT), with proven interest in creation and introduction of hardware and customized software solutions in industry. It provided the students passing primary vocational training of programming, hardware development and creation of networks with the opportunity for practical training in countries such as Great Britain and Germany.
Programme: CBC Bulgaria - Serbia IPA
Project title: Energy efficiency in households – a long road or just a step away, 2011-2012
Short description: Overall project objective:encouraging sustainable development and improving local well-being by creating pre-requisites for enhancing household energy efficiency.Specific objectives:To explain the meaning and the core concepts of energy efficiency;To raise awareness on energy efficiency and clarify the relations with energy consumption, protection of the environment and sustainable development; To clarify the outstanding obligations by law for ensuring energy efficiency that affect households; To educate household energy consumers with energy saving tips;To clarify the measures for improving energy efficiency in buildings;
To enable an affordable, intelligible and user-friendly tool for calculation of energy efficiency for households;Project Activities: Survey of the existing energy efficiency situation in both countries; Software development for household energy efficiency calculator;
Testing of the model calculator in Bulgaria and Serbia Development, activation and administration of common web site for energy efficiency in the households; Elaboration of bilingual brochure on energy efficiency in households and handbook with good practices;
Seminars on energy efficiency in the households. Project Results: Energy efficiency calculator;
Handbook with best practices; Educative bilingual brochure.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

JAF can contribute to the following fields of action of the programme: Education and Youth; Values.
JAF members will share personal and organization experience and information. They will provide personal expertise for the benefit of the network activities, when it is needed. The foundation will pay respect and tolerance towards the other and strive to accomplish conscientiously the undertaken commitments and obligations. The foundation will be active and responsible in the processes of decision making and problem solving. In all activities JAF will respect the methods for achievement of significant goals. JAF will support and recognise Anna Lingh Foundation’s values through promoting and implementing its objectives and activities. It will strive to build sustainable partnerships in Bulgaria and in the Euro-Mediterranean region. JAF will propose interpellations and suggestions for the activity of the Network and its management structure and participate in the common initiatives of the Network. Furthermore, JAF will colaborate in order to help achievement of the missions and objectives of the National Network; actively disseminate information for the activity of the Network and to involve potential members in its activities and maintain the trust and tolerance between the Network Members. All engagements will be implemented conscientiously. Through implementaion of projects JAF will strive to contribute to the AFL network and National network objectives by realising specific aims at the fields of training, education,partnership.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

"Professor John Atanasov" Foundation (JAF) totally accepts, supports and encourage the values of ALF: acceptance of pluralism and cultural diversity, mutual respect between societies, religions and beliefs, acknowledgment of rule of law and fundamental freedoms. They are basic for the development of human society. Becoming a member of ALF Network will give a chance for JAF to contibute to sustainable development of Euro-Mediterranean Region through mutual respect of the abovementioned values. JAF has interest in being a part of an organisation that affects the capacity for individuals and groups to share values and live together in the region. JAF also wants to contribute for further maintaining the dialogue between cultures, which is the roadmap of the Anna Lindh Foundation in a long-term strategy to address the true causes - political, ideological and social - that have deepened and radicalised the human gap between the two shores of the Mediterranean. Moreover, JAF wants to be a member of ALF Network, because the Anna Lindh Foundation is addressing the ‘clash of ignorance’ between people living across the Mediterranean. ALF's causes are shared and supported by the 43 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, the Foundation can bring together the civil society of the region for intercultural dialogue and to work for a common future and that is the main reason for JAF to become a part of this organisation. The resourses of JAF can be of use for the following fields of action of the programme: Education and Youth; Values.

Contact (1) Full Name: 
Petar Aleksandrov Stoyanov
Head of the organisation: 
Petar Aleksandrov Stoyanov