Hearts and Minds: Democracy Education and the Kosovo Civic Forum
Plagued by initial democratic deficits stemming from ethnic tensions and weak institutional government, the Republic of Kosovo has only had absolute control over its own governance since 2012.Before that, an EU representative had express power to control government outcomes in an effort to steer
Study on Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe and Kosovo Education Center’s Joint History Project Teacher Training
The Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) working with the Kosovo Education Center (KEC) under the CDRSEE’s Joint History Project initiated a plan to train teachers in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina to teach history using the multi-perspective history method. Th
CASE STUDY ON AN OGP PROJECT TO IMPROVE THE PUBLICITY OF FISCAL DATA IN HUNGARY
In recent years the Prime Minister of Hungary, Orbán Viktor, has led the Fidesz party to institute a series of restrictions on the civil liberties of the Hungarian people, while civil society organizations point to increasing corruption in the government a
“Empowering Citizens, Building Communities”—Local First Initiative, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Since the Dayton Peace Accords were drafted and signed in 1995 to put an end to the three and a half year Bosnian War, it has become increasingly important to stress the significance of developing stable institutions, rule of law, human rights and respect for minorities in order to cultivate and
Analysis of the Bulgarian Judicial System - Combating Misperceptions and Seeking Solutions
In many respects, Bulgaria has been successful in its transition from a former Soviet state into an electoral democracy. Yet in spite of this success the Bulgarian people have a great amount of mistrust for their political institutions.
White Schengen List Case Study
Grupa 484 used its past experiences in the Western Balkans to formulate a project focused on increasing awareness on the issue of visa liberalization in the region. The project sought to educate the public and shareholders in the included countries and national and international orga
International Commission on the Balkans
The Third International Commission on the Balkans was established in the early 2000s when several educational mission teams were sent to the region to acquire data and talk to local citizens about their thoughts and attitudes of the post-war er
Bringing Diverse History into Our Schools
The Joint History Project (JHP) is The Center of Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe’s (CDRSEE) flagship program. The program centered on teaching a more diverse and participatory program for history education in the Balkan region.
The Coalition for a Clean Parliament – An Initiative of the Romanian Academic Society
Implemented ahead of the 2004 local and national elections in Romania, the Coalition for a Clean Parliament (CCP) was a nationwide public advocacy and anticorruption project initiated by a non-government think tank, the Romanian Academic Society (SAR).
Young Political Leaders of Serbia Project
In 2000, the Bulldozer Revolution and subsequent overthrow of President Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia created a window of opportunity for the reconstruction of Serbia’s government. After years of election fraud, tight media censorship and mistreatment of civilians, activists demanded a more democratic system and movement toward European integration. However, at the time, democratic political parties were too weak to gain the necessary votes to win office and form a stable government. Tension between democratically oriented political parties diminished the possibility of mutual party cooperation to form a joint government despite ideological similarities. The Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE), a non-profit, non-partisan organization, emerged in Serbia in 2003 to reduce this tension between democratic parties. In 2004, BFPE jumpstarted the Five Hundred Young Political Leaders of Serbia project which ran from 2004-2008. However, for the sake of this case study the focus will be from 2006-2007, a duration of twelve months. During this period, BFPE hosted a series of seminars which included participants from two or more democratically oriented parties with the aim of building relationships as well as identifying useful areas of mutual cooperation. BFPE also chose to focus their efforts on young emerging leaders with the hopes that they could lead a new democratic political culture through educational seminars. BFPE’s final goal was to create a critical mass of young politicians willing to seek political compromise through a culture of dialogue and to gain the ability to create constructive political coalitions in the future.