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  • Privatization policies for Belarus: External competitiveness, industrial restructuring and the role of trade unions

    The objectives of the project are to explore the relationships between external competitiveness, labor interests and macroeconomic policies and institutions in the context of Belarus' transition to market economy; devise recommendations for Belarusian trade unions on how to incorporate labor interests into national policymaking; prepare a course on Macroeconomic Policies and Institutions for both trade union leaders and students of Belarusian universities; devise policy recommendations on trade unions' strategies regarding macroeconomic reforms; and develop a policy paper and a monograph on the issues described above. Read more
  • Problems of good governance in extractive industries: The case of Azerbaijan

    The objectives of the project are to examine and assess relevant components of good governance in Azerbaijan in general and in extractive industries in particular; analyze the risks of ineffective use of oil revenues, budget resources and the loans received by the government; prepare recommendations and analyze the potential and capabilities of the civil society to monitor the government's activity/inactivity; and write a research paper and policy study on the issue. Read more
  • Promotion of human rights and environmental issues via public participation in Georgian reforms

    The objectives of the project are to develop a policy paper in the field of civil society; organize public education and awareness campaigns promoting public participation in the decision-making process in Georgia regarding environmental issues; disseminate information on the rights of individuals and NGOs to the media, schools and NGOs; assess the achievements and effectiveness of environmental NGOs in Georgia; and elaborate policy recommendations on public participation in Georgian reforms. Read more
  • Prostitution in the Baltic States

    The objectives of the project are to map the situation of prostitution in the Baltic States; collect existing and new data by interviewing experts in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and elaborating and analyzing questionnaires for sex workers; conduct a comparative analysis of the situation of sex workers in the last decade in the region with special regard for human rights, gender issues, the trafficking of women, the HIV epidemic and legal issues; and elaborate feasible recommendations for action in a policy paper for relevant Baltic policymakers. Read more
  • Public service television reform in East Central Europe

    The objectives of the project are to develop a policy paper in the fields of media and civil society; analyze the characteristics of East European post-communist state televisions and the various patterns of their reform; and propose policy recommendations for the de-politicization of state TV and the development of public TV in Romania and East-Central Europe. Read more
  • Rational and irrational Serbian public policies

    The project goals are to identify the key participants of the public policymaking process in Yugoslavia; explore the environment in which public policies are formulated, adopted and implemented; research whether the policy outcomes match initially established goals and what can be done to improve the policy and decision-making process; conduct instrumental analyses of two distinct policy areas (concerning Kosovo and privatization) and determine the extent to which public policymaking in Serbia's transition period differs from policymaking in the Milosevic era; work out a clear scheme as to how public policies are defined, constructed and introduced into the political agenda in Yugoslavia-Serbia; and write a research and policy paper for the Serbian Ministry for Privatization, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Serbian government in charge of the Kosovo issue, Serbian professionals, and thegeneral public. Read more
  • Recognizing threat and assuming responsibility: Tobacco control in Armenia.

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  • Reforming Bulgarian higher education: An institutional perspective

    The objectives of the project are to develop a policy paper in the field of higher education, conduct research on current developments in Bulgarian higher education, assess how Bulgarian institutions of higher education address change and what difficulties they face in implementing reforms, and devise recommendations to improve the effectiveness of management decision-making at such institutions. Read more
  • Reforming higher education for increased equity in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe: The case of Slovakia

    The main objectives of the research are to carry out a comparative empirical analysis of the system of higher education in Slovakia and other selected countries, propose strategies for reform of the Slovak system of higher education aimed at increasing its efficiency and equity, and develop a policy paper in the field of higher education. Read more
  • Reform of journalism curriculum in Kyrgyzstan

    The objectives of the project are to develop a policy paper in the fields of media and higher education; design four courses dealing with different aspects of mass communication; and work with the American University in Kyrgyzstan to introduce these courses into the university curriculum and, if possible, into the curriculums of other Central Asian universities. Read more
  • Regional development policymaking in Southeast Europe: From strategy exhaustion to participation

    The objectives of the project are to promote demand-driven versus supply driven regional development policymaking in Romania; conduct a case study by assessing the policymaking processes in the Jiu Valley---a depressed region of Romania exemplifying the application of a supply-driven perspective; identify best practices in regional development in Southeast Europe with a special focus on regional development programs with the participation of diverse stakeholders interested in the development of the region such as those in the Sibenik-knin and Zadar counties in Croatia; develop policy recommendations for various stakeholders interested in the development of the Jiu Valley region; and write a research and policy paper for policymakers in the Jiu Valley including the local government and the Association of Valea Jiului, international organizations active in the Jiu Valley such as the European Union Delegation, the World Bank and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom, and local NGOs interested in the development of the valley. Read more
  • Regional movements in Serbia: Sources of conflict or solutions for the future?

    The objectives of the project are to analyze the situation of ethnic minority communities in Serbia; examine how decentralization in Serbia might impact minority groups and ethnic tensions; and write policy study and research paper for the European Parliament delegation on the Balkans, Enlargement Directorate General of the European Commission, and Member States delegations. Read more
  • Regional nonprofit Small Business Development Center in Novosibirsk

    The objectives of the project are to promote the improvement of the entrepreneurs' image and environment in Russian society by enhancing the growth of civic organizations and grassroots networks of local and regional small business support institutions; provide small businesses with free access to business management training and information databases; launch a series of forums, executive workshops, roundtable discussions, quarterly events and consultation services for small businesses; and develop a policy paper in the field of economic management education and public administration. Read more
  • Regional protectionism in Russia: Harmful or beneficial?

    The project objectives are to study the significance of regional protectionism favoring local producers in Russia; analyze the consequences of the regional protectionism for the economic development of the regions; apply a political economy approach and a simple partial equilibrium model of regional protectionism; and write a research and policy paper in the field of monetary and fiscal policy reform for Russian federal and local governments. Read more
  • Regional security in the South Caucasus: A realistic approach

    The objectives of the project are to analyze the way security-related policies are developed in the transitional societies of Georgia and Caucasus;explore the nature and dynamics of strategic preferences and perceptions of security threats among political élites and the population; and write research and policy paper for the governmental bodies (chancelleries, Security Councils, Foreign Ministries) of the respective governments in the region and international organizations dealing with regional security/stability issues such as OSCE, NATO, UN. Read more
  • Regulating lobbying in the Czech Republic and Visegrad Four

    The objectives of the project are to analyze lobbying activities primarily in the Czech Republic and more generally in the Visegrad Four countries from a comparative perspective, and write a research paper and policy study with recommendations provided to members of the Czech Parliament, journalists, and civic groupsworking toward greater democratic accountability, such as IPEK and Transparency International. Read more
  • Reinvigorating regional cooperation by fostering local initiatives

    The objectives of the project are to identify strategies for overcoming the current stalemate regarding the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe; propose recommendations for reform of current structures of Southeast Europe cooperation; and write a research and policy paper for the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stability Pact officials, and relevant non-governmental organizations. Read more
  • Religious education in public schools: The role of the state in the promotion of tolerance and understanding

    The objectives of the project are to investigate the educational content and practices of religious instruction in public schools in Serbia; determine instruments and methods which could improve the Ministry of Education's implementation of such instruction; analyze the applicability of positive examples from other countries; develop recommendations for regional policymakers and relevant international organizations for the positioning and possible integration of religious instruction within existing educational structures while enhancing its role in the formation of a democratic and tolerant society; and write a research and policy paper for the Ministry of Education in Serbia, the Commission for the Implementation of the Religious Instruction, religious communities, educational experts, and educational international and local NGOs. Read more
  • Religious leaders in Afghan local governance

    The objectives of the project are to analyze the challenges of local governance reform in Afghanistan and its competition with the existing structure of Mosques; devise a set of policy recommendations for the policy makers to choose the best feasible options for future of local governance structure for Afghanistan; write a research paper and policy study for relevant Afghan policy makers. Read more
  • Repatriated Meskhetians, refugees and internally displaced persons: Social adaptation and empowerment

    The project aims to study external and internal community reasons for the low level of integration and lack of economic opportunities for internally displaced persons and repatriated Meskhetians, devise recommendations to increase the integration of target groups into local communities and empower them to generate independent income, and develop a policy paper on how the findings impact the future stability of the Caucasus. Read more
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