Oikos Summer Camp Serbia 2011

On August 24, 2011, in This is who we are, by Oikos

Oikos is organizing an annual internal training camp which is to be held in Serbia this year. Next week you will be able to meet us in Majdanpek in Eastern Serbia and in several other cities and municipalities around there (Zaječar, Golubac, Negotin, Kladovo, Skobanja and several others).

Team work Oikos

Team work Oikos

This year internal training of Oikos’s employees from Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia is focused to evaluation techniques; relevance and feasibility evaluation of projects beeing developed by Serbian local communities. Results of the training are evaluation of the relevance of projects proposed by municipalities with recommendations which will lead to better and more quality project development by municipalities involved in the GIZ training on PCM in Serbia. In the time of the training more than 14 projects will be evaluated by understanding needs and possibilities of each of the municipality involved and understanding the relevance of each project proposed.

The evaluation activities are being prepared by our younger employees in order to develop a new generation of project team members and team leaders. Evaluation itself will be implemented in moderated process together with municipalities which will help rising evaluation culture and understanding of the evaluation internaly in Oikos and in Serbia. This will not only help rising a quality of projects but also help regional growth in Serbia and its lagging behind regions.  The regional growth is an overall objective all operations of the national government, regional agents and local communities.

We are happy to be able to cooperate with municipalities and administration in Serbia and will be happy to share results of evaluations with anyone interested. More information can also be obtained by the GIZ Serbia or directly from @JurijKobal the team leader of the GIZ PCM training in Danube region.


Imagine other people paying you to use your things when you don’t need them. That’s the genius of collaborative consumption.

You might own some tools that you never use, or perhaps you have a backyard that you just don’t have the time to do anything interesting with. Until recently, those pieces of property mostly served as nagging reminders that you didn’t have enough time to do everything you wanted to do. Today, they can look like revenue streams, not wastes of money.

Ideas about ownership of property are slowly starting to change in this country. The success of Zip Car and of bike sharing programs in a few major cities are the vanguard of a host of different “collaborative consumption” services and businesses that allow people to monetize their own unused resources, or to find ways to get goods and services without purchasing them. This infographic shows some of the stuff that might be lying around your house that are just profits waiting to happen — and all the start-ups trying to help you along:

Collaborative Home

Collaborative Home

This infographic was made by the venture fund Collaborative—which invests in collaborative consumption businesses—and the Startup America Partnership in order to help illustrate the economic benefits of this idea. (Full disclosure: I used to work with the founder of Collaborative.)

Your house, it turns out, is full of things that could be making you some cash. Your car can be shared with your neighbors via RelayRides. Your driveway itself can be rented out as a parking spot through Park At My House. Your tools, video games, sports equipment, even clothes, are all monetizeable. How much can you get?

That’s right, the average New York-based user of Airbnb (a site which lets users rent out their house like a hotel) makes $21,000 annually. That’s a nice supplement to any income. You can also make $200 a month just by renting your video games out. And you thought that was a useless habit. Even if all you have is time, you can monetize that, too.

via Infographic: The Collaborative Home – Collaborative Consumption Blog Posts.


The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption published latest data onbusiness relations of Slovenian companies with public authorities and bodies who are responsible to act under the Public Procurement Law in Slovenia.

Oikos successfully disbursed its businesses operations from state budget to other clients from companies, international financial institutions to international donors and others. In 2010 we balanced the contracts with public authorities and bodies to half of our annual turn over from almost 70% two years ago.

More data can be found at the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption web site under our data sheet.