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  • Leading economic sectors and state capacity in post-socialist Eastern Europe

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  • Learning from classrooms: A study of educational policies in elementary schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The objectives of the project are to examine the learning and teaching experience in the classrooms of Bosnia and Herzegovina's (BiH) elementary schools with a special focus on the presence and promotion of ethnic political agendas/values and national ideologies of three ethnic majority groups in BiH; analyze whether and how civic values, cultural tolerance, and respect for "cultural" differences and diversity in BiH are being promoted through primary education; develop suggestions on how to improve the implementation of sound educational policies in BiH; and write a research and policy paper for international and local human rights agencies (such as OSCE, OHR, UNICEF, and UNOHCHR) and local authorities and ministries regarding education and human rights. Read more
  • Lesbian and gay activism and policy development in Eastern Europe

    The goals of the project are to develop a pilot program that establishes an ongoing forum to encourage cooperation among Central and Eastern European lesbian and gay non-governmental organizations; develop a website and compile a handbook (training manual) on non-profit management and strategic planning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, feminist and other CEE human rights organizations; and write a policy paper for the above-mentioned organizations as well as the Ombudsman's Bureau on Minorities and the human rights commissions of CEE political parties. Read more
  • Lessons from Slovakia's transition reform process

    The objectives of the project are to research and document the transformation process in Slovakia and identify key actors, interest groups and influences; analyze challenges to the reform process and its institutional strengths and weaknesses; include several concrete case studies analyzing certain reform areas (e.g. reform of the Labor Code) to demonstrate institutional failures and recommend how reform constituencies can be developed to address particular issues (e.g. reform of the collateral system); summarize Slovakia's experience with the aim of offering lessons for other countries undertaking similar transition reforms; and write a research and policy paper for relevant policymakers in the Slovak and other CEE governments and international institutions including the World Bank. Read more
  • LGBT anti-discrimination and equal treatment policies

    The objectives of the project are to describe the development of anti-discrimination and equal treatment policymaking in Hungary as far as sexual orientation is concerned; give an accurate record of the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) representing sexual minority interests, as well as various state institutions and political parties, in assisting the process of harmonizing sexual orientation-related human rights legislation in line with EU membership; draft recommendations for the mentioned agencies; and write a research and policy paper on the issue of equal treatment policies for the NGOs representing sexual minorities interests, the Equal Treatment Governmental Office, and the four Hungarian parliamentary parties. Read more
  • Lithuanian mental health policy: Present and future challenges

    The objectives of the project are to analyze Lithuanian legislation and government policy on mental health; to overview the relevant international norms and standards and their interpretation and implementation in domestic legislation; devise recommendations on developing an effective advocacy strategy encouraging positive change in Lithuanian mental health policy; and write a research and policy paper targeting relevant government authorities, policy stakeholders, and the general public in an attempt to raise awareness about people with mental disabilities. Read more
  • Making European human rights policy attractive and effective for Russia

    The objectives of the project are to analyze the role of non-state actors in promoting European democratic norms and practices in European Union neighbor countries; develop strategies for the successful involvement of NGOs in the transfer of democratic norms and practices to Russia; and write policy study and research paper for relevant Russian NGOs, concerned EU officials and donor agencies, and Russian governmental officials involved in developing the EU-Russian Common Space of Freedom, Security, and Justice. Read more
  • Managing illegal labor migration from Eastern Europe to the European Union

    The objectives of the project are to asses the successes and failures of central and local initiatives to control illegal migration; based on an in-depth case study identify the main factors contributing to the illegal migration of Romanian workers; uncover the routes, structure, dynamics and methods utilized by several illegal migration networks; devise informed policy recommendations and disseminate them to relevant stakeholders to stimulate reflection, debate and public pressure on illegal migration issues; and write a research paper and policy study with recommendations for organizations, including the Ministry of Administration and Interior, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, and the International Organization for Migration. Read more
  • Managing mixed cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites in East-Central Europe: The case of Visegrad

    The objectives of the project are to analyze the management of mixed cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites in East-Central Europe; compare the Czech, Polish and Hungarian cases with each other and with English examples; prepare a Management Plan to be included the World Heritage application of the Medieval Royal Seat and Parkland of Visegrad for the Hungarian Committee of World Heritage and the King Matthias Museum of Visegrad; and write a research and policy paper for the mentioned agencies. Read more
  • Managing police reform: Lessons learned, best practices, and remaining challenges for police democratization in Central and Eastern Europe

    The goals of the project are to promote the democratization of police organizations in CEE by identifying unmet needs and best practices; propose structural changes and strategies required to achieve systematic and progressive change; develop policy recommendations for national police organizations and donors in advancing their agenda for reforms; and write a research and policy paper for the US Department of State, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, OSCE Operations Center in Vienna, Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute partners in the Macedonia police reform project, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, UNDP, and the European Council regional the Council's police reform initiative currently being developed. Read more
  • Mapping Minds, Changing Maps: Comparative analysis of the role of universities in societies undergoing change

    The goals of the project are to conduct research focusing on universities in Ljubljana, Warsaw, Budapest, Lahore and New Delhi; explore links between ideas and institutions by analyzing dominant ideas in academic circles in Central European countries and reforms in those societies, compare the roles of Pakistani and Indian academic elites in shaping respective national identities and respective relations between academic and political elites; analyze the role of CEU in shaping ideas regarding national identities in CEE countires; interview some one hundred people with past or present affiliations with these universities as students or academicians; and write a research and policy paper for the Role of Universities in Social Transition research project, academics and government officials responsible for higher education policy. Read more
  • Media development and democracy assistance in the post-conflict Balkans: The difficult birth of the fourth estate

    The objectives of the research are to address the issue of how donors and managers of international democracy assistance programs can contribute most effectively to the democratization of media systems, examine which tools (e.g., unbridled pluralization of the private media sector or strict regulation and focus on public service media) would best contribute to democratization in post-ethnic conflict areas, and devise recommendations for international organizations regarding media development and regulation, taking into consideration specific technical and political  factors in South Eastern Europe. Read more
  • Media freedom in Hungary

    The objectives of the project are to develop a policy paper in the field of media, conduct research on media freedoms in Hungary, provide analysis of existing methods for measuring freedom of the media, formulate specific policy proposals regarding freedom of the media, and identify problems and possible solutions specific to the region as a whole. Read more
  • Media policy for ethnic, national and religious minorities: Comparative analysis of Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia

    The project aims to define media policy concerning ethnic and national minorities designed by governments and their agencies as well as by the public media (mainly through division of financial support for minority media and implementation of national and international media legislation) in three countries of the region: Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia; and develop a policy paper in the field of media. Read more
  • Mental disability in Armenia: Developing an advocacy strategy with lessons from Eastern Europe

    The objectives of the research are to review existing systems of care for persons with mental disabilities in Armenia, Hungary, and Poland; conduct comparative analyses of mental health legislation in the region of Eastern and Central Europe and former USSR; design new advocacy strategies appropriate for the region; and develop a policy paper in the field of public medicine/health. Read more
  • Mentally disabled and mental disability NGO participation in policy making process

    The objectives of the project are to conduct a comparative review and analysis of provisions of foreign laws designed to strengthen the position of the individual in mental health care; review and analyze mental health care reforms aimed at bringing national legislation in conformity with international human rights standards; identify the applicability of the results to reforming Russian legislation in the field of mental health; review legislation and policies explicitly prohibiting discrimination against people with mental disabilities; study the existing barriers to the deinstitutionalization of mental health care in the context of transitional societies; prepare recommendations for the development of economically and institutionally acceptable policies and regulations on mental health care in Russia; and write a research and policy paper for relevant bodies including the regional Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Welfare, and regional branch of the Russian Psychiatric Association. Read more
  • Migrant mobility in Central and Eastern Europe: An analysis of the practices of the International Organization for Migration

    The objectives of the project are to investigate the role of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 'managing' undocumented migration in the CEE region; compile a comprehensive map of related IOM projects; assess the correspondence (or lack thereof) between immigration policies of the European Union, Schengen border regime, and IOM in CEE; develop recommendations for IOM's regional field offices in advancing migrants' rights; and write research and policy papers for the Governing Council of the IOM, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), academic community, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other civil society organizations promoting migrants' rights. Read more
  • Migrant workers in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council: Enhancing rights protection

    The objectives of the project are to examine the existing legal and policy framework for the protection of the rights of migrant workers in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council with a specific focus on Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates; analyze recent developments regarding this framework, propose how it can be elaborated to improve respect for human rights; and write policy study and research paper for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, the International Organization for Migration and particularly its Kuwait office, UNDP's office in the United Arab Emirates, the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, relevant law and policy makers, government officials in both the GCC states and countries of origin, civil society actors and academics. Read more
  • Minority education training program in in Hungary: A model

    The objectives of the project are to develop a policy paper in the fields of minority issues and primary education, carry out a comprehensive analysis of approximately 30 elementary and secondary multiethnic schools, prepare a report identifying problems and possible solutions, and develop a training program for minority educators in Hungary. Read more
  • Minority languages, media legislation and the integration of minorities: Lessons from the Latvian experience

    The objective of the project is to research the interdependence of electronic media and ethnic integration; examine relevant international law and case law in this area; develop policy proposals on language rights and media based on comparative legal research of language regulations affecting electronic media in several countries with substantial linguistically distinct groups; and write a research and policy paper with recommendations for Latvian policy makers in the area of electronic media regulation. Read more
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