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  • Minority politics, mass media and civil society in transition countries: Case studies of Lithuania, Latvia and Poland

    The objectives of the project are to compare and evaluate research on media and minorities conducted in Lithuania, Poland, and Latvia; enhance professional training and multicultural awareness of journalists in Lithuania and the region by preparing a university course entitled Mass Media, Minorities and Civil Society in Eastern Europe; continue extensive advocacy efforts by organizing a seminar on minority groups and the media in Eastern Europe; and write research and policy paper for the Department of National Minorities and Émigrés, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Ethics Commission of Journalists and Publishers, and minority organizations. Read more
  • Minority protection in the European Union: Effective remedies

    The objectives of the project are to provide an up-to-date analysis of European Union legislation and remedies pertaining to the protection of minorities, devise a set of recommendations regarding effective legal remedies for violations of the rights of minorities and third party nationals from both accession and non-accession countries, and develop a policy paper on the impact of EU expansion on non-accession countries. Read more
  • Minority representation in the Lithuanian mass media

    The objectives of the project are to examine representations of both ethnic and sexual minority groups in Lithuanian mass media, identify major trends in media practice that affect how minorities are portrayed in the media, devise recommendations for improved media representation of minority groups, prepare a course and monograph on mass media and minorities in Lithuania, and develop a policy paper in the field of media policy. Read more
  • Model legislation for higher education reform in Serbia and Southeast Europe

    The objectives of the project are to collect relevant data on universities and Ministries, identifying political supporters for and against reforms and the main obstacles for Serbian Parliament to draft and adopt a modern, a European-tailored Model Law on Higher Education; analyze European higher education and law systems and the current situation in Serbia and neighboring countries; analyze existing higher education institutions and consider the licensing of new institutions in terms of quality insurance; write a research paper and policy study, as well as a Model Law for the Serbian Parliament that meets local needs while encompassing aspirations that could provide references and guidelines for neighboring countries. Read more
  • Models of governance in divided societies: The case of Georgian decentralization

    The objectives of the project are to identify weaknesses of decentralized institution building in Georgia; examine the structure of power and ethnic and social cleavages; analyze informally organized interests enforced by political subcultures; devise recommendations for coherent and participatory local governance; and write a research and policy paper for the Parliament, State Chancellery, local Councils and international donor organizations. Read more
  • Monitoring refugee and non-refugee populations

    The objectives of the project are to develop an analytical framework and methodology to monitor social change connected to the interaction between displaced persons and local communities, test the developed methodology in a region with a high percentage of displaced persons, work out recommendations based on the findings in the area of migration policy, and develop a policy paper on how the findings impact the future stability of the Caucasus. Read more
  • Multinational institutions in Bosnia-Herzegovina: An evaluation

    The objectives of the project are to enrich policy debates in Bosnia with experiences from other countries that have struggled with similar institutional mechanisms; survey the state of institutional development in Bosnia and its prospects; produce several studies on Bosnia and other countries with comparable systems of government that will be widely available in Bosnia; and write a consolidated policy study which will be discussed and refined in dialogue with key Bosnian policy makers and emerging think tanks such as the International ForumBosnia. Read more
  • Municipal development planning and public involvement in Russia

    The objectives of the project are to conduct a survey of current practices in Russian municipal development planning; analyze key problems in respect to public involvement in that process and compare Russian practices in municipal development planning with internationally recognized approaches; provide Russian municipal authorities and community leaders with appropriate recommendations concerning municipal development; and write a research and policy paper for the Russian Municipal Development Resources Center and Association of Specialists in Local Economic Development. Read more
  • National Sustainable Development Strategies: Devising innovative evaluation methods

    The goal of the project is to devise innovative methods for evaluating National Sustainable Development Strategies, to include both the context and dynamics of these strategies, testing it on cases of Belarus, Hungary and Sweden. Read more
  • Neda`s Recent Innitiatives

    Participation in European Patients Rights Day 2008 (EUPRD 2008), on 
    April 18, 2008:
    - Macedonian event: http://www.activecitizenship.net/content/view/128/9/

    Announced participation in EUPRD 2009:
    - Macedonian event: http://www.activecitizenship.net/content/view/215/ Read more
  • New borders and old neighbors in Europe

    The research will develop practical recommendations for policy makers and officials dealing with the harmonization of a common European Union visa policy in the context of the eastern expansion of the EU, analyze policy options associated with difficult decisions that must be made concerning the cross-border movement of persons between EU accession and non-accession countries, and develop a policy paper on the impact of EU expansion on nonaccession countries. Read more
  • New performing arts theatre centre: A model

    The objectives of the project are to develop a policy paper in the field of culture, develop a new model for a cultural organization through a pilot project developing the New Theatre Institute of Latvia, and carry out comparative research on the administration of performing arts centers in Eastern and Western European countries. Read more
  • New urban transportation policies in Serbia as a factor of sustainable development

    The objectives of the project are to study European policy in the field of sustainable transport and compare relevant elements with local policies in this field; identify standards and methods of planning for sustainable development, the financing of public transport, the discouragement of private car use, road pricing, and traffic reduction; and write a research and policy paper in the field of Urban Policy for the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication, the Faculty for Traffic and Transport Engineering at Belgrade University, and the Town Planning Institute in Belgrade.


     

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  • Non-formal education and national youth policies

    The aim of the project is to investigate the impact of non-formal education on the development of civil society in general and its specificity in Azerbaijan; research how independent youth organizations can influence national youth policy; identify the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the educational process; determine the distinct instruments and methods necessary to increase the participation and role of youth within society; develop a database of youth NGOs and their non-formal education schemes; and write a research and policy paper in the field of Children's Services Policy for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, members of parliament, and the National Council of Youth Associations as well as the European office of the World Organization of Scout Movements. Read more
  • Occupational and environmental medicine informatics reform in Russia

    The objectives of the project are to elaborate criteria for the evaluation of medical informatics systems in occupational and environmental health; perform a comparative evaluation of experiences in this field in several Russian regions, Ukraine, Hungary, Finland and the USA; prepare a scientifically substantiated concept of reform of occupational and environmental medicine informatics in Russia based on collected data; publish a research paper describing and advocating best practices; and produce a policy paper recommending reforms for the Federal Scientific Center for Hygiene of the Healthcare Ministry of Russian Federation. Read more
  • Ombudsman offices in Pakistan, England and Australia: Evolution, efficacy and challenges

    The objectives of the project are to conduct a comparative study of ombudsman offices in Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand, following their evolution and role in the respective societies; identify similarities, differences, successes and failures of the ombudsman institution in various political and cultural contexts; and write a research and policy paper for the Pakistani National Reconstruction Bureau, concerned government institutions, ombudsman offices, donor institutions, other researchers and interested individuals in the relevant countries. Read more
  • Open information policy and collaborative knowledge practices

    The objectives of the project are to study open online collaborative knowledge production practices and use insights gained to draft a set of principles for an information policy for academic institutions in India; develop a collaborative website for sharing research through the active involvement of students from Indian law universities; and write policy study and research paper for the relevant Indian state committees, the Ministry for Nationalities, and the Special Representative of the President. Read more
  • Open society challenges in Tatarstan

    The objectives of the project are to examine the power structures of Islamic actors in Tatarstan and their efforts within a context of modernization; explore the relationship between religion and Tatar nationalism and/or ethnic and national identity in Tatarstan; and write policy study and research paper forecasting likely scenarios for future development and recommending various policy options for the Kazan Institute of Federalism and the Program on New Approaches to Russian Security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Read more
  • Pakistani madrassahs: Consequences for democracy and a free society

    The objectives of the project are to conduct empirical research on Madrassahs to bridge the gap between the demand for educational reform and lack of understanding about the political role of Madrassahs; via structured and semi-structure interviews, analyze stakeholders' positions on the issue of Madrassah regulation (including managers and teachers at madrassahs and schools, leaders and officials at local government, alumni and donors, senior officials from relevant governmental institutions, and members of the Pakistan Madrassah Educational Board); identify gaps in the present legal and financial framework and suggest future options; formulate politically possible strategies and policies on the reform of the Madrassah system; and write a research and policy paper for national public policy institutions and public policy framers responsible for the Madrassah Reform Strategy including members of the parliament, federal and provincial governments, public sector training institutions, and international donor organizations, especially USAID and the World Bank. Read more
  • Pakistan's current devolution plan: An evaluation of decentralized governance

    The objectives of the project are to study the present devolution plan in Pakistan to identify shortcomings, political and administrative repercussions, and the impact on the Pakistani people at both micro and macro levels; compare similar exercises in other countries; suggest strategies for concerned countries and organizations involved in similar exercises or dealing with governments undergoing such massive restructuring in terms of policy and development; and write a research and policy paper for the National Reconstruction Bureau, Ministries of Finance and Economic Affairs, Planning and Development agency and provincial authorities in Pakistan, as well as international development/financial institutions, research organizations, think tanks and the general public. Read more
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