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  • Strategies for developing information societies: The case of Romania

    The objectives of the project are to assess the communication channels, positions and action strategies of governmental institutions, the European Union Commission and relevant information technology interest groups with respect to the development of the Romanian IT sector; examine the medium-term implications of these strategies on prospects for the development of Romanian information society; devise recommendations for IT regulators; and develop a policy paper in the field of information policy. Read more
  • Strengthening tobacco policymaking capacity in Hungary

    The objectives of the project are to review existing Hungarian tobacco control policies and measures for their implementation; monitor and evaluate their impact; compare Hungarian achievements in tobacco control with the best international practice; identify pro- and anti-tobacco control stakeholders involved in or influential in tobacco policy development; identify the main directions of future tobacco policy development and devise further tobacco policy alternatives and supportive background evidence and other information to promote tobacco policy advocacy by improving communication and collaboration with the media, decision-makers and professionals working in tobacco control; and produce a policy paper for the Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs and the Parliamentary Committees on Health and Social Affairs. Read more
  • Successful minority primary education programs

    The project aims to follow up on the results of a needs assessment carried out during the 1999 fellowship by evaluating the ability of minority educator training to improve the quality of education for minorities and encourage their participation in majority society, compare the results of various methods of minority education, and develop a policy paper in the field of primary education and minority issues. Read more
  • Sustainability models for Open Access social science research publications in Africa: Policy and practice

    The objectives of the project are to map the overlapping national and institutional policies that affect scholarly publishing in Africa; identify the shape of a sustainable and enabling Open Access policy environment for research publication that might enhance the dissemination of African research and impact positively on national development priorities; and write policy study and research paper for the Ministry of Education in South Africa and the national agencies and institutions responsible for research publication policy. Read more
  • Sustainable energy policy for EU accession countries

    The aim of the project is to review the progress that has been achieved during a decade of transitions in Central European energy sector, and to identify the remaining policy agenda to be implemented to complete the restructuring in CEE energy market. Read more
  • Sustainable towns of Croatia

    The goal of the project is explore the state and problems of Croatian towns with a special emphasis on public spaces; encourage partnerships among various sector representatives in developing more creative, livable public spaces by bringing communities together through a variety of activities (entertainment, culture, small business and/or ecotourism); and write a research and policy paper for a multi-sector, community-based approach to urban revitalization and development for national and local governmental agencies including the Ministry of Urban Planning and Environment; local government representatives of cities including Rjeka and Omisalj; international organizations including the Urban Institute, the Project for Public Spaces and the Environmental Partnership for Central and Eastern Europe; private donors including the Mott Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and local non-governmental organizations and private sector representatives. Read more
  • Tanzanite Al-Qaeda link: The case of policy failures In Tanzania

    The objectives of the project are to examine the level and causes of the misuse of resources from minerals and tanzanite in particular and initiate pro-poor policy changes for ensuring that minerals resources benefit the public, provide policy options to improve transparency and accountability in the handling of foreign direct investment (FDI) with respect to mineral resources in Tanzania borrowing on experience from Botswana; and write policy study and research paper for the Parliamentary Committee for Investment and Trade, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Vice President's Office (Good Governance Department), the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) and the Tanzania Chamber of Minerals. Read more
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  • The European Union and Ukraine in transition: policies for cooperation

    The aims of the project are to evaluate the dynamics of European Union - Ukraine relations as well as public perceptions of these relations, develop policy options and recommendations for improved EU-Ukraine relations within and beyond the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, analyze policy alternatives aimed at preventing the isolation of Ukraine and the deterioration of relations between Central and Eastern European countries and Russia, and develop a policy paper on the impact of EU expansion on non-accession countries. Read more
  • The human cost of temporary refugee protection: The case of Slovenia

    The objective of the project is to analyze the consequences of temporary refugee protection on the everyday life of refugees in Slovenia; explore the efficacy of international refugee law as applicable for Slovenia from a humane perspective and provide recommendations for policy reform; encourage discussion among governmental, nongovernmental and international institutions that deal with forced migrants in Slovenia; and develop a policy paper in the field of law/human rights and minorities. Read more
  • The Kyoto Protocol in Central and Eastern Europe: Flexible mechanisms

    The objectives of the project are to conduct research on the non-Annex I countries and their needs for exploiting potential Kyoto Protocol benefits with an emphasis on Serbia; analyze their potential for project-based mechanisms; develop a guidebook on criteria for project selection and evaluation; develop a concept of a new host country institutional system; and write a research and policy paper for the Ministry of Environmental Protection in Serbia. Read more
  • The policymaking process in Slovakia: Implementing the recommendations

    The purpose of the project is to upon the findings from the analysis of the policy making process in Slovakia conducted in the fellowship year 2002-03 and implement the recommendations; draft recommendations to the legislative process that would lead to the development of an amendment to the Legislative Rules; prepare a handbook for civil servants as well as a training handbook on the policy development stage; prepare a course on public policy for students at the Bratislava University; conduct a more in-depth analysis of the issues that were touched upon in the previous research and analysis. Read more
  • The politicization of Ukrainian bureaucracy

    The objectives of the project are to examine the sources of politicization of public bureaucracy in Ukraine, assess alternative institutional mechanisms for coping with both formal and informal politicisation of civil service, and develop a policy paper in the field of public administration. Read more
  • The prospect of land reforms under the PRSP

    The objectives of the project are to conduct a research focusing on how the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) process has dealt with the issue of land use, what measures have been adopted by various countries currently implementing the PRSP approach; and write a policy study with recommendations to make the PRSP process a more effective tool for agrarian redistribution for the World Bank, relevant Pakistani government line departments and international as well as local civil society organizations concerned.

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  • The public policy process: Cultural change toward progressive policymaking

    The objectives of the project are to analyze the existing organizational and institutional arrangements of progressive policymaking in western countries and compare it with practice in Slovakia and other Central European countries, analyze the relationship between the current status of policymaking culture and desired models of the public policy process, highlight the risks and opportunities in promoting and realizing such cultural change, assert how models can be transferred or new models of progressive policymaking can be developed, and write a research and policy paper on program strategies for the Soros foundation network in the field of public administration and policymaking in the accession countries. Read more
  • The role of accounting institutions in Albanian economic reforms

    The objectives of the research project are to analyze the role of accounting institutions on economic development in postcommunist Albania, assess the influence of foreign advisers in shaping Albania's accounting system, identify the 'link' between accounting institutions and economic progress, devise policy recommendations to strengthen the role of accounting institutions in contemporary Albania, and develop a policy paper in the field of economics/ management education. Read more
  • The role of economic factors in conflict resolution

    The objectives of the project are to study the potential role of economic factors in conflict resolution in Georgia and the Caucasus, analyze the impact of projects implemented by international financial institutions and humanitarian organizations in conflict zones and post-conflict territories, explore the role of Georgia as a mediator for regional consensus building, and develop a policy paper on how the findings impact the future stability of the Caucasus. Read more
  • The role of expert and advocacy bodies in the policymaking processes of Central European societies in transition

    The objectives of this project are to analyze existing formal networks in policymaking processes in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic as well as informal networks (e.g. the Institutes of Public Affairs in Warsaw and Bratislava, NISPAcee in Bratislava, CEU in Budapest, non-governmental organizations); assess the relevance and impact of these networks and mechanisms in different areas of public policy; create a model for influential policy analysis and advice; prepare the groundwork for a private think tank to be established; and write a research and policy paper on the above-mentioned aspects of the public policy process to be presented to decision- and opinion-makers (politicians, members of parliament, political representatives on the regional level, journalists, the media) primarily in the Czech Republic but also in Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia. Read more
  • The role of formal decision-making in fostering "new corruption" in school education in transitional societies: The case of Georgia

    The objectives of the project are to analyze the organization, management and finance practices of primary and secondary education in the Republic of Georgia and to compare such practices with existing western as well as Central European models; determine how unrealistic government policies help to promote and formalize corruption and inequality in school education; develop alternative scenarios for school education reform; and write a research and policy paper for the Ministry of Education of Georgia, the World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF and local practitioners, experts and activists in the field of education. Read more
  • The role of media in the integration of Estonians and Russian-speaking minorities

    The objectives of the project are to research Estonian media and media regulations relevant for ethnic minority rights, compare Estonian media regulations and other ethnic minority rights acts with European standards, analyze the Estonian- and Russian-language media aspects of minority-majority relations and relevant policymaking, assess the role of the media in the integration process, and write a research and policy paper for the Integration Foundation of Estonia, the Presidential Roundtable on Ethnic Questions, and the Bureau of the Minister for Ethnic Affairs. Read more
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