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  • The role of regions in overseeing and coordinating Bulgarian development

    The objectives of the project are to define the new role of regions and regional governors in overseeing and coordinating regional development in Bulgaria; analyze regional development issues in light of the country's preparations for EU membership; analyze capacities for improving coordination and cooperation among local, regional and central administrative units on regional development issues; explore the relevant experience of Hungary and Poland as well as relevant EU requirements; devise proposals for necessary changes in the normative legal framework concerning regional development; and write a research and policy paper in the field of building institutions for the working group 21 negotiating regional development issues with the EU, the Ministry of Regional Development in Bulgaria and the local, regional and central governance units. Read more
  • The role of Russian regions as international actors

    The objectives of the project are to analyze the most typical ways in which Russia's subnational units conduct foreign policy activism; identify difficulties and impediments faced by regional leaders determined to have a high international profile; research the institutional basis of regions' foreign policies (administrative procedures, decision making peculiarities, legislation, etc); investigate the influence of regions' international conduct over federal policy in domains such as security issues, ecology, investments; analyze reactions of foreign countries to the foreign policy activism of Russian regional elites; and develop a policy paper in the field of public administration. Read more
  • The role of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations University (MGIMO) in social transformation

    The objectives of the project are to analyze principles and models of university education in Russia, examine discussions on higher education reforms in Russia, conduct an empirical case study of MGIMO's education, identify the normative issue of what the role of MGIMO in particular and universities in general should be to contribute to social reforms, and write a research and policy paper on the Role of Universities in Social Transformation for the Ministry of Education and the broader academic community. Read more
  • The role of universities in social transformation: The case of Estonia

    The objective of the project is to offer an explanatory framework of how the role of academics changes in times of social transformation; test the hypothesis that universities experience three clearly definable stages during a transition from a supplier to a recipient of innovative ideas and individuals; and write a research and policy paper for the teaching staff and the Rectorates of Estonian universities, the Department of Higher Education of the Estonian Ministry of Education, and the Commission of Culture of the Estonian Parliament. Read more
  • The role of universities in the construction of new social realities

    The objectives of the project are to conduct an analysis of the structure, quality, and content of public affairs in Russian universities; research the impact of universities on society and especially youth; elaborate recommendations regarding innovations and reforms in Russian university policies in general and in the Irkutsk region in particular; and write a research and policy paper to be presented to the Board of Rectors of the Irkutsk Region Universities, Irkutsk State University, Irkutsk State Technical University, and the Department of Higher Education and Science of the Government of Irkutsk. Read more
  • The segregation of Roma in Czech and Slovak schools

    The objectives of the project are to develop a policy paper in the fields of minority issues and civil society; conduct research into the history of educational policies toward Roma in Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia; and devise practical recommendations based on an examination of policies of inclusion and exclusion, assimilation and dissimilation regarding Roma. Read more
  • The teaching of international commercial arbitration in Russian law schools and publication of a new textbook

    The objectives of the project are to develop a policy paper in the fields of law/human rights and economics/management education, and to write a textbook in Russian containing a systematic explanation of the theory and practice of international commercial arbitration to provide law students with the materials on the issue which are not yet available in Russian. Read more
  • Tobacco control advocacy in Ukraine

    The objectives of the project are to monitor the tactics of the tobacco industry in Ukraine; conduct country-specific research in tobacco control legislation and economics; establish a mechanism for tobacco control advocacy to counter tobacco industry lobbying tactics; support tobacco control initiatives in Ukraine's changing socio-political environment; and produce a policy paper for the Ministry of Health and the Public Health Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament. Read more
  • Tobacco control measures in the context of extreme poverty

    The objectives of the project are to estimate the effectiveness of tobacco control policy affecting poor segments of the population with particular focus on economic and administrative aspects of tobacco control; estimate the effectiveness of tobacco control policy for the poor population; identify the optimal strategy in tobacco control for smoking reduction amongst poor while preventing the target group from negative economic impacts (job loss etc.); highlight more acceptable tool for tobacco control applicable for the target group; identify market shares for cheaper cigarettes and consumption trends amongst the poor population; and produce a policy paper for Armenian Parliament, the Government, in particular the Ministry of Finance and Economy and Ministry of Health, as well as the State Committee of Poverty Reduction; mass media, and NGOs involved in health and poverty problems. Read more
  • Tobacco control measures in the context of extreme poverty

    The objectives of the project are to estimate the effectiveness of tobacco control policy affecting poor segments of the population with particular focus on economic and administrative aspects of tobacco control; identify the optimal strategy in tobacco control for smoking reduction amongst poor while preventing the target group from negative economic impacts (job loss etc.); highlight more acceptable tools for tobacco control applicable for the target group; identify market shares for cheaper cigarettes and consumption trends amongst the poor population; and produce a policy paper for the State Committee for Poverty Reduction and the Tobacco Control Program of the Armenian Ministry of Health. Read more
  • Tobacco control policy in Eastern Europe: The case of Romania

    The objectives of the project are to develop practical political mapping and advocacy strategy in tobacco control; identify promising entry points to the policymaking process as well as bureaucratic and political obstacles, active supporters and opponents, and existing and potential tobacco control advocacy coalitions and networks of advocates; prepare a course on tobacco control for students at Romanian universities; and write a research paper/monograph and a policy paper for the Romanian Parliament, Romanian Government, World Health Organization, and UICC. Read more
  • Tobacco policy in Moldova and the role of civil society

    The objectives of the project are to analyse the peculiarities of tobacco policymaking in Moldova with a focus on the sincerity of the government's declaration to control tobacco; identify the supporters and opponents of tobacco control policy and establish the role of foreign tobacco producers, particularly British-American Tobacco, in the formation of tobacco control policy and public opinion; prepare a set of materials on tobacco control for journalists, NGOs activists and parliamentarians; write a research paper and develop a guide in the field of anti-smoking advocacy for local journalists, youth and women NGOs; monitor publications about tobacco in the 18 leading newspapers of the country and maintain an anti-tobacco web site; and produce a policy paper for the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Public Health and Social Maintenance; Information Council of the Ministry of Health; National Center for Preventive Medicine; Youth and Sport Department of Moldova, and the Council of Youth Organizations of Moldova. Read more
  • Tobacco smuggling in Armenia: A challenge to raising tobacco taxes?

    The objectives of the project are to expand previous research results regarding economic aspects of tobacco control in Armenia by including the smuggling effect; provide further argumentation for policy makers to consider a tobacco tax raise while revising tax policy; provide policy recommendations to reduce smuggling volumes; assess the real effect of a tax raise on smoking prevalence given opportunities for higher smuggling rates; assess the impact of policy changes on poverty groups; and write research and policy study with policy recommendations for Armenian policy makers. Read more
  • Toward a culture of quality policymaking in transition countries

    The objectives of the project are to investigate the revolutionary process articulation of a policymaking culture in transition contexts by identifying the main tools used for policymaking and strategy development in education and analyze their level of maturity and functionality; capture characteristics specific of the transition contexts in the field of policy-making; and write a research paper and policy study with recommendations for the Ministries of Education and public educational agencies on how to contribute to a sustainable culture of quality policymaking. Read more
  • "Traditional" social legacies, state building, and democratization: The case of Kyrgyzstan

    The objectives of the project are to analyze the problem of nepotism and its impact on state building; elaborate strategies to adopt alternatives to nepotism in state structures; and write research paper and policy study for the FTI, OSCE, and Government of Kyrgyzstan. Read more
  • Transparency in Ukrainian land privatization

    The objectives of the project are to improve access to quality information about land reform by building on the website and database established during the 1999 IPF fellowship, carry out a public information campaign promoting the allocation of responsibility for the implementation of land reform and privatization to national and local governments as well as effective land management by local Ukrainian governments, and develop a policy paper in the field of public administration. Read more
  • Transparency of budget expenditure as an anti-corruption measure: The case of Latvia

    The objectives of the project are to analyze the budgetary process in Latvia compared with international standards; identify corruption risk zones and conduct select case studies on possible misuses of the budgetary process; and write a research and policy paper on budget expenditure and corruption for Latvian and international researchers, informed civil society and media, as well as members of the Latvian Parliament and Government, especially those dealing with public finance policies. Read more
  • Tripartism and social partnership in Southeast Europe: Social dialogue solutions for Serbia and Montenegro

    The goals of the project are to analyze experiences in the work of tripartite institutions in the countries of Southeast Europe; establish cooperation with experts from those countries dealing with these issues; undertake study visits to interview those responsible for organizing social dialogue (Sofia, Zagreb, Skopje); elaborate recommendations for the development of tripartism and social dialogue in Serbia and Montenegro; prepare seminars for the representatives of unions from the former Yugoslavia working on this issue; and write a research and policy paper for employers' associations and Ministries of Labor as well as other relevant governmental bodies in Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro. Read more
  • Turkish women in business: Barriers to the success of women's enterprises in Turkey

    The research aims to explore the nature and scope of barriers that hinder the success of women entrepreneurs or those willing to start micro or small businesses in Turkey; design appropriate policy models to reduce gender inequalities in collaboration with women entrepreneurs and their associations at national and regional levels; and write a research and policy paper in the field of gender policy for Turkish governmental agencies such as the Directorate of the Status and Problems of Women, non-governmental organizations such as the Women's Solidarity Foundation KADAV, the Confederation of Small Tradesmen and Artisans of Turkey, and the Small and Medium Industry Development Organization KOSGEB. Read more
  • Ukraine's economically depressed regions: Public participation and community development

    The objectives of the project are to conduct research on Ukrainian as well as international experience in methods and approaches used for community development and public participation, develop a methodology of public participation in the decision-making process using a coal mining settlement where the mine was closed as a case study, carry out pilot training in the settlement where the survey has been conducted, write several articles about the results of the research and promote widespread information about Public Participation, and develop a policy paper in the field of civil society. Read more
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