CSCD – Center for Sustainable Communities Development

Center for Sustainable Communities Development (CSCD) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, registered in 1995 in Bulgaria.  It works on promotion of gender equality in all spheres of the private and social life. It lobbies Bulgarian authorities to implement EU and UN Gender Equality Policy.

CSCD works on the following main crosscutting themes: Economic Rights of Women; Development Education and ODA policy; Roma Women Empowerment; Violence against Women as a Violation of Human Rights; Political Empowerment of Women; Media and its Role for Overcoming Gender Stereotypes.

CSCD is a co-founder of the Bulgarian Platform on International Development (BPID). Since June 2005 CSCD has been an Associate member of the National Council on Gender Equality to the Council of Ministries of Bulgaria. In 2016 CSCD experts were invited by the Ministry of Economy to participate in the working group on Strategy for Support of Women’s Entrepreneurship development.

Stanimira Hadjimitova, Centre for Sustainable Communities Development, Project Coordinator


Stanimira is responsible for the coordination of all project activates that are taking place in Bulgaria.

Stanimira participated in project writing, implementing, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of more than 90 projects run in Bulgaria and SEE. As a civil society activist she participated in numerous international events connected with the global women’s movement, like the NGO Forum at the fourth UN Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995.

Diana Georgieva, Centre for Sustainable Communities Development, Motivation Manager


Lately Diana has been engaged on projects mainly targeting social issues like gender equality, DV, Honor Related Violence, women empowerment, entrepreneurship, social inclusion of Roma people, hate speech, etc. She is a trainer, mentor and facilitator, certified mediator and career consultant.

Diana Kovandjieva, Centre for Sustainable Communities Development, Assistant


Diana worked on projects for empowering rural women, gender equality and building rural development networks. Working on the RAISE Youth project is a natural extension of the causes that she had worked on so far and which she hopes we can fight for together.

Nancy Borissova, Centre for Sustainable Communities Development, Communication Manager


Nancy worked as a journalist for several Bulgarian media channels on topics related to human rights, women rights, migration and minorities. She was a prize winner of Journalism for development award in 2018. Nancy’s motivation for participating in the project is to help as many NEETs as possible to stay and work in their hometowns.

Diana Dimitrova, Centre for Sustainable Communities Development, Outreach Meeting Coordinator


Diana has working experience as a consultant, project manager, external assessor on various EU funded projects with private companies, municipalities, institutions and diverse partners. Working on the RAISE Youth project is a natural extension of enhancing the professional expertise and adding value to the society by supporting and encouraging NEETs to be aware of their opportunities.

Rosen Hadjimitov, Centre for Sustainable Communities Development, RAISE Youth Demo-Center Manager


Rosen worked for many years on organization and control of construction activities for numerous private companies. He has excellent organizational skills and abilities to coordinate teams in program development and logistics. In the RAISE Youth project Rosen is responsible for the establishment and management of the Raise Demo Center and for the organization and monitoring of the Pottery training.