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 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 Borissova worked as a journalist for some Bulgarian media outlets on topics related to human rights, women rights, migration and minorities. She is the prize winner of Journalism for development award 2018.


At the RAISE Youth project Nancy is responsible for contacts with the media, writing press releases, news articles for the project, infosheets, flyers, handling the social media account and promoting the project and its efforts on social media.

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.

Desislava Alexandrova, Centre for Sustainable Communities Development, Links coordinator


Desislava graduated in Business Administration and her professional experience includes secondary education and participation in projects.


At the RAISE YOUTH project she is responsible for finding NEETS, reaching out to different stakeholders and organizing motivational workshops.

Natali Kirilova, Centre for Sustainable Communities Development, Assistant


Natali Kirilova is a student of preschool and primary school pedagogy at Sofia University. She graduated from the Professional High School of Economics in the city of Pernik with a secondary special education in Economics and Management. She is 26 years old and has an interest in working with children and youth, as well as traveling.