Regional

ABC Center for Peace, Security and Tolerance
$14,990*
To promote cooperation between civil society organizations in southern Serbia, Kosovo, and Macedonia in the fight against corruption. The Center will organize its annual NGO Forum, a day-long event that facilitates long-term communication and cooperation between civil society organizations, and produce a series of accompanying television reports and debates on anticorruption efforts at the local level.

Association School of Politics
$49,918*
To build skills and promote dialogue among young politicians and civic activists in Southeastern Europe. The Bulgaria-based School of Politics will organize a series of courses for 35 young politicians, NGO leaders, and media practitioners from the region. Topics of the courses will include the rule of law and the fight against corruption, populism and nationalism in the Balkans, and regional cooperation.

BETA News Agency
$49,800
To strengthen key local independent media in Serbia and the Bosnian entity of Republika Srpska. BETA will provide its news and photo services to 28 independent newspapers of the Association of Local Independent Media “Local Press” in Serbia, and its audio services to eight struggling radio stations of the Drina Radio Network in Serbia and Republika Srpska.

Center for International Private Enterprise
$227,064
To equip business leaders in the Balkans with the tools necessary to advocate for democratic reform. CIPE will strengthen the organizational capacity of the Institute for Organizational Management in Romania by conducting trainings and designing a long-term sustainability plan, assess the capacity of the business community in three Balkan countries, and organize training courses in two countries to build the capacity of business leaders to advance market-oriented democracy through participation in business membership-based organizations.

College of Eastern Europe (KEW)
$22,541
To promote crossborder networking and cooperation between local governments, NGOs, and media in Poland and Moldova. The Poland-based KEW will work with the Resource Center for Human Rights (CReDO) in Moldova to organize a study visit to Poland for journalists and civic activists. CReDO will assist participants to develop joint projects and promote further crossborder cooperation between counterparts in Poland and Moldova.

East European Democratic Center (EEDC)
$39,384
To build the investigative journalism capacity of the independent press in Moldova. The Warsaw-based EEDC will organize training seminars on investigative journalism and local government management of public funds, conduct a competition for the best investigative article, provide honoraria to local newspapers for the production and publication of investigative journalism articles, and organize a study visit to Poland.

European Movement in Serbia (EMinS)
$43,530*
To advance the process of ethnic reconciliation and promote Euro-Atlantic integration in former-Yugoslav countries by empowering young political leaders from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia to overcome the burdens of the past and establish long-term cooperation. EMinS will organize two regional seminars that will provide 60 young political leaders with the opportunity to learn about regional cooperation and open constructive dialogue on key issues across borders.

Freedom House Europe
$50,429
To promote collaboration between civil society organizations in Kosovo and Serbia and encourage policy reforms advancing cooperation between the two entities. The Budapest-based Freedom House Europe will facilitate joint research by the European Movement in Serbia and Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development, resulting in three policy papers presenting solutions to common transition challenges, and provide advocacy and outreach guidance across borders.

International Republican Institute
$975,000
To enhance the ability of prodemocratic political parties to compete effectively in elections, increase the ability of regional political leaders to engage in debate on key policy issues, and develop the capacity of governments to engage in democracy promotion activities in Central and Eastern Europe. IRI’s Bratislava Office will provide training and assistance to political parties, publish resource manuals on political campaigns and elections, and conduct a series of seminars to advance the democracy promotion agenda in Europe.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
$550,000
To improve the skills of Roma political leaders. NDI will continue to assist the graduates of previous training programs in Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovakia, while providing basic skills training to emerging Roma leaders in Romania and Serbia. NDI will also provide governance training to Roma local councilors in Bulgaria and Slovakia, and partner with political parties and program graduates to prepare Roma candidates for the fall 2007 local elections in Bulgaria.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
$240,000
To encourage women’s political participation in Romania and Bulgaria. NDI will conduct single-country trainings and consultations to improve the skills of women politicians, strengthen parliamentary women’s groups, and political party action plans for women. NDI will bring its participants together via one-on-one consultations and mentorship, crossborder meetings, and internet communications.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
$130,000
To assist political parties throughout the region to understand contemporary political agendas in Europe, articulate their long-term political programs, and develop strategic plans for policymaking processes. NDI will assist political parties in Southeastern Europe to clarify their identities in regard to political ideologies, define party values, and develop and communicate policies consistent with those ideas and values.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
$20,000
To enable democratic reformers in Southeastern Europe and the Black Sea Region to exchange information on strategies and programs designed to promote civic activism and democratic reform, and facilitate cooperation and coordination of regional and crossborder efforts to pursue these goals. NDI will develop a free-of-charge, internet based listserv to engage civic partners in a structured dialogue fostering mutual collaboration.

People in Need Foundation (PINF)
$49,994
To promote the development of civil society and independent media in Transnistria, Moldova. The Prague-based PINF will organize two seven-day visits for a total of 14 journalists and civic activists, which will bring participants to the Czech Republic for study, training, and networking. Czech experts from PINF will also conduct training seminars on NGO management and civic journalism in Transnistria, Vadul lui Vade, and Odessa.

Romanian Academic Society (SAR)
$49,084
To adapt and transfer the anticorruption and NGO coalition-building skills, models, and best practices of Romanian NGOs to their counterparts in Southeast European countries. SAR will assist the Partnership for Social Development in Croatia and the Organization for Democracy, Anticorruption, and Dignity (COHU) in Kosovo in building effective anticorruption coalitions, thus increasing the accountability of elected officials.

Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR)
$73,400
To strengthen the capacity of local NGOs in the region to develop and implement initiatives for improving interethnic relations and promoting reconciliation. YIHR will award 15 small grants to support projects and local civic initiatives focusing on improving interethnic relations and cooperation, and creating the conditions to establish new links and dialogue between Kosovar and Serbian citizens.