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  • Citizen community boards in Pakistan: The politics of participation

    The objectives of the project are to assess how government decentralization policy in Pakistan regarding Citizen Community Boards is being implemented; conduct a field research to assess the capacity and quality of the leadership of the Citizen Community Boards; engage government officials in substantive dialogue on local governance; and write a research paper and policy study with recommendations for local donors, including Department of International Development (UK), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Bank. Read more
  • Civic engagement policies of the World Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Russia

    The objectives of the project are to scrutinize the Russian government's policy documents and practice related to civic engagement, compare the civic engagement policies of the World Bank (WB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), refine criteria for the successful implementation of WB and EBRD civic engagement policies with a view toward broader inclusion of civil society organizations and their beneficiaries in decision-making processes, write a policy study and longer research paper for WB and EBRD counterparts in the Russian government. Read more
  • Civil participation in the Pakistani government's poverty reduction programs

    The objectives of the project are to write a research paper and a policy study and work to improve the quality of analysis, highlight lessons learned and provide recommendations to enhance local ownership of international poverty alleviation and development initiatives by encouraging greater participation through means feasible both for the Pakistan Government (Ministry of Finance and other relevant ministries) and its donors (World Bank, major bilateral donors), and international non-governmental organizations development programs. Read more
  • Civil society and civil religion in Russia: Implications for social policy

    The objectives of the project are to analyze Russian legislation related to freedom of religion and church-state relations, analyze authoritarian challenges to religious freedom and the responses of stakeholders to these challenges, examine the character of interrelations between religious communities, federal and local governments, and the broader public in today's Russia; and write a research paper and policy study to provide recommendations for policy practitioners and developers in Russia including the Committee on Religious Affairs of the Irkutsk Region Government, Department of Public Affairs of the Legislative Assembly of Irkutsk Region, and non-governmental activists in the region. Read more
  • Communication and social justice: Regulation of controversial content in Hungary

    The objectives of the project are to identify concerns regarding the representation of disadvantaged groups with special attention to the poor in Hungarian television nonfiction programs; research contemporary media regulation standards and procedures with particular focus on British practice regarding controversial "reality TV" programs; identify a basic framework for the introduction of a self-regulatory process into the Hungarian journalist profession; and write a research and policy paper in the field of media content regulation for the Hungarian National Radio and Television Commission (ORTT). Read more
  • Community media regulation: Policy and discourse of ethnic Hungarian media in Romania

    The aim of the project is to analyze the ethnic Hungarian media in Romania from within this community focusing on the particular way that these media organizations function, establish possible policy and patterns of media regulations, and develop a policy paper in the field of media. Read more
  • Comparative dictionary of East vs. West basic historical terms

    The objectives of the project are to develop a policy paper in the fields of publishing and culture, offer a systematic comparison of key concepts in the social sciences arising from different cultural traditions by developing A Comparative Dictionary of Basic Historical Terms, promote mutual understanding between Eastern and Western scholars, and provide students coming from different cultural perspectives with an adequate understanding of the differences and similarities of the foundations of the social sciences' intellectual apparatus in different cultures. Read more
  • Conflict resolution in the North Caucasus

    The objectives of the project are to develop a policy paper in the fields of civil society and minority issues; explore new approaches for conducting humanitarian activities and supporting elements of civil society in the North Caucasus; establish a channel of information from these regions focusing on constructive activities at the community level; and disseminate information about potential crises in the region and provide recommendations proposing activities aimed at reducing such crises to international agencies, foundations, embassies and other relevant actors. Read more
  • Constitutional Court of the Republic of Macedonia: Proposals for legal and administrative reforms

    The objectives of the project are to explore the position, competence and actual role of the Constitutional Court of Macedonia; formulate proposals for legal and administrative reform of the Court; draft constitutional amendments and outline future legislation on the Constitutional Court; design a popular brochure to inform citizens about the competence of the Constitutional Court; and write a research and policy paper for the Macedonian Ministry of Justice, Constitutional Court of Macedonia, and Macedonian Parliament. Read more
  • Contemporary visual arts cultural education and financing in Central Europe

    The aim of the project is to conduct research on the institutional system of contemporary visual art in the Central European region and the existing methods of marketing, financing, project management and public relations employed in Western Europe; draw up proposals for the creation of post-graduate, international training to help professionals ensure the continuity of art productions in Hungary and in the region within the new economic environment; and develop a policy paper in the field of culture. Read more
  • Copyright and e-resources in African higher education: The case of Ugandan institutions

    The objectives of the project are to understand how academics, students and researchers on and off the campuses of Makerere University (public), Nkumba University (private), the Centre for Basic Research and other institutions of higher learning in Uganda use both proprietary and nonproprietary electronic resources; examine the impact of copyright on this use; determine how usage data can be utilized, for a variety of purposes; and write policy study and research paper primarily targeted to Ugandan government institutions including the Uganda Legal Reform Commission (ULRC) and the Parliamentary Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs as well as the World Intellectual Property Rights (WIPO); the Standing Conference for Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information workers (SCECSAL); the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions' (IFLA) - Africa Section; and the Commonwealth of Learning's (COL) Forum on Open and Distance Learning. Read more
  • Corporate social responsibility in Romanian higher education

    The objectives of the project are to explore business elites' degree of exposure to socially responsible practices in the current higher education curricula of Romanian universities; devise recommendations for the Ministry of Education, universities offering business and economics majors, and the business community in Romania promoting the role of higher education in developing the future socially responsible elites; and to write a research paper and policy study with recommendations for the Ministry of Education in Romania, the universities in four main cities (Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Iasi and Timisoara) and the business sector in the country. Read more
  • Corruption as a symptom of poor policymaking

    The objectives of the project are to develop a set of instruments to objectively measure deviations from the norm of policies as they are implemented (which are considered symptoms of a deeper problem in the policymaking process); illustrate this problem with certain classes of budgetary allocations; organize at least two workshops with stakeholders from the relevant institutions in Romania, such as the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transportation, and the Federation of Local Governments; and write a research paper and policy study with recommendations for agencies. Read more
  • Corruption paradise in Southeast Europe: Analysis and recommendations for reform

    The objectives of the project are to model emerging industrial relations in an environment where there are conditions for corruption; establish objective measurements of corruption and test them on several case studies of Yugoslav privatization; develop policy recommendations on ways to improve economic efficiency and income distribution and anti-corruption strategies in the privatization period; and develop a policy paper on how the findings impact the future stability of Southeast Europe. Read more
  • Corruption scandals in Bulgaria: Public and personal involvement

    The objectives of the project are to investigate the mechanism of corruption-related public scandals in Bulgaria and the way various social groups become involved; explain why some issues are more susceptible than others in attracting public attention and whether corruption scandals can provoke civic action; help bridge the gap between the impressive amount of publicly available data on corruption and the lack of resulting action; offer explanations as to why information about corruption practices often fails to impact confidence levels among politicians or institutions; devise suggestions for efficient policies; and write a research and policy paper for relevant think tanks such as the Center for Liberal Strategies, Coalition 2000 (a group of NGOs involved in public anti-corruption campaigning), and the Institute for Research on Integration. Read more
  • Court administration and management reform in Armenia

    The objectives of the project are to conduct qualified research and develop specific policy recommendations on the judicial service, court administration and management, and judicial planning and budgeting in Armenia; carry out a survey to measure the degree of satisfaction of court users with the courts' performance; provide expert advice in drafting new legislation on judicial service or amending existing laws; publish a user-friendly informational court guide; and write a research paper and policy study with recommendations for the courts of general jurisdiction, Council of Court Chairmen Judicial Education Center, Ministry of Justice, and relevant non-governmental organizations. Read more
  • "Critical Mass Representation of Women" policy in local governments in Pakistan: Impact analysis and future policy imperatives

    The objectives of the project are to study the impact of introducing 33 percent women in local government as it relates to elected women's social, economic and political empowerment, presence in the mainstream politics, role and representation in internal political party hierarchy, and impact on policies affecting women; identify best practices, gaps and requirements of the system for policymakers at the national level as well as the international community to replicate this political reform policy; and write a research and policy paper for the National Reconstruction Bureau, Ministry of Local Government, Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Women Development, Planning Ministry, and bilateral and multilateral donor agencies. Read more
  • Cultural funding policies in transitional societies

    The objective of the project is to analyze several existing mechanisms of financing cultural organizations and projects, both traditional and newly adopted, in contemporary Ukraine and in several neighboring postcommunist countries; write a research paper on cultural finance in transitional post-communist societies; design a set of recommendations for improving culture finance mechanisms and write a policy paper for the Ministry of Culture and the Arts of Ukraine. Read more
  • Cultural heritage policies in Southeast Europe: A comparative legal analysis

    The objectives of the project are to conduct a comparative analysis of the legislation of Southeast European states in the area of cultural heritage; interact with experts from the specialized agencies, the Ministries of Culture, and nongovernmental organizations (ICOMOS) in analyzing legislation; explore the extent to which the studied countries have implemented their obligations under the UNESCO and Council of Europe conventions in the area; create a systematized regional comparative information resource providing a methodological tool for analyzing the development of cultural heritage legislation in the project countries; formulate policy recommendations for future legal reform and regional cultural heritage policies; and write a research and policy paper that assists the Ministries of Culture and legislative drafting committees in the relevant states in their work on legislation and strategies for the protection and management of cultural heritage. Read more
  • Cultural policy and management education in Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary

    The objectives of the project are to analyze and compare approaches to cultural management education and policy in Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary; map professional profiles of cultural managers in those countries and the relevance of available education to those profiles; define methods and tools for the evaluation of cultural management education; formulate recommendations for the development and evaluation of cultural management education and the professional development of cultural managers and policymakers; and write a research and policy paper for the respective Ministries of Culture and Education and local government units responsible for culture. Read more
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