Regional: Southeastern Europe 2015
Assisting Independent and Democratic Unions to Promote Equitable Development in Southeastern Europe
To strengthen the capacity of trade unions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, as well as telecommunications unions in the Western Balkans. The Solidarity Center will build the capacity of partner unions to advocate for safety and health in the workplace, improve membership participation in organizing and collective bargaining, train new leaders, and strengthen cooperation with other civil society organizations.
Fostering Dialogue and Understanding between Youth of Different Backgrounds
Association “Education Builds B&H”
To foster dialogue and tolerance between youth of different backgrounds by encouraging engaged discussions on sensitive issues facing the Western Balkans. A weekly television series will challenge a diverse group of youth to offer their own interpretations of young people’s behaviors and attitudes, especially as they relate to extremism and violence, and contrast them with those of their peers in other cities or countries. The series will be broadcast by leading regional stations and online.
Fostering Objective Reporting in Serbian Language Media
Bureau for Social Research
To foster objective and professional reporting in Serbian language media in Serbia and Kosovo. The Belgrade-based organization will carry out a media monitoring program to raise awareness about the quality of media coverage of the ongoing dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. The monitoring program will analyze 15 electronic media, produce a comprehensive report assessing the quality of media coverage, and highlight the outlet demonstrating the best quality reporting.
Improving Crossborder Dialogue, Tolerance and Cooperation
To support innovative civil society and media initiatives promoting interethnic dialogue and cooperation, as well as tolerance, diversity, and respect for human rights, among divided communities in the Western Balkans. The Fund will award 10-12 small grants, ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 each, to support projects addressing common problems facing post-conflict societies in the region, promoting crossborder dialogue, and enhancing cooperation between Bosnian, Kosovar, and Serbian civil society groups.
Improving Crossborder Dialogue, Tolerance and Cooperation (Supplement to 2014-477)
To promote interethnic dialogue and respect for human rights. The Fund will award at least 10 small grants to support innovative projects addressing common problems facing post-conflict societies in the Western Balkans and promoting cooperation between Bosnian, Kosovar, and Serbian civil society groups, particularly those tackling prejudice, discrimination, human rights violations, and painful war legacies. The Fund will also partner with Kosovo Glocal to organize 20 interviews and two debates on the future of Kosovo-Serbia relations.
Promoting Accountability through Fact-Checking
Poynter Institute for Media Studies
To promote the use of fact-checking websites as an effective accountability tool. The U.S.-based Institute will convene the second London summit of over 50 journalists and activists from fact-checking initiatives worldwide to share best practices. Endowment support will cover the participation of 20 NED grantees from Eastern Europe and their partners in the event, as well as provide them with ongoing support, distance education, and mentoring through a new online hub.
Promoting Activism and Raising Human Rights Awareness through Film
To foster new approaches to promoting activism and raising human rights awareness among youth in the Western Balkans. In cooperation with DokuFest from Kosovo and MakeDox from Macedonia, the Sarajevo-based organization will organize a regional video activism summer camp to train 16 youth in producing socially-engaged documentary films, develop a joint curriculum for teacher training, and equip nine civic education teachers to act as trainers and promoters of the program in their respective countries.
Promoting Civic Participation among Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia
Youth Communication Center (OKC)
To assist young people in advocating for youth related issues. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the group will provide capacity building trainings to student councils in some 300 high schools, continue to strengthen three student council networks, and facilitate their mutual cooperation with government authorities. With a partner organization from Serbia, the program will also encourage regional cooperation and sharing best practices between student councils in the two countries.
Promoting Constructive Debate in the Media
Center for Informative Decontamination of Youth
To foster constructive public debate on important social, political and economic topics affecting citizens in the Western Balkans. The organization will continue producing its flagship political talk show, which features leading scholars, journalists, civic leaders, and policy analysts from the region, and encourages critical thinking about key issues affecting democratic transitions in the former Yugoslav countries. The television program primarily targets youth, the segment of society most susceptible to political and civic apathy.
Promoting New Approaches to Reconciliation among Youth
Post-Conflict Research Center
To encourage new approaches to promoting transitional justice and reconciliation among youth. The center will organize a multidisciplinary youth camp on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, bringing together over 50 youth from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the region, and other post-conflict societies to participate in a series of film screenings, workshops, lectures, and art exhibits aimed at inspiring moral courage, active citizenship, and interethnic cooperation.
Promoting New Technologies to Foster Activism and Accountability
To promote the use of new media in fostering activism, transparency and accountability in Southeastern Europe. The fourth POINT – Political Accountability and New Technologies conference in Sarajevo will connect the region’s leading watchdog groups and highlight innovative accountability initiatives using new technologies. The May conference will feature some 70 lecturers and will bring together over 300 activists. A follow up meeting of the Action SEE accountability network will generate further ideas for future initiatives.
Promoting the Accountability of Public Officials
Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability
To promote the use of fact-checking as an effective accountability tool in Southeastern Europe. The Belgrade-based organization will partner with GONG from Croatia and Why Not from Bosnia and Herzegovina to develop a television series featuring highlights from their respective fact-checking websites. The 12-minute program, titled “Fakat” (“Fact”), will include fact-checks of officials from the three countries, accountability journalism, political analyses, and promise tracking, and will be broadcast weekly by a regional television station.
Promoting Youth Activism and Democratic Reforms in the Western Balkans
Youth Initiative for Human Rights
To foster youth activism and reforms in Southeastern Europe. The project will bring together 100 young political and civic leaders from established and emerging democracies and post-conflict societies for the third edition of the Youth Summit in Sarajevo. Through a sharing of experiences, intensified networking and advocacy, the October conference and series of side events will promote greater youth participation in stimulating reforms required for democratic transitions and European integration.
Strengthening Western Balkan Legislatures
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
To improve the quality of the legislative, oversight, and transparency practices of Western Balkans parliaments. The organization will strengthen institutional capacity in legal review, legislative research, and information technology, and foster parliamentary engagement with the public. Information exchanges and study visits will be organized among the parliaments of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia and their Central European counterparts, engaging up to 100 members of parliament, staff, and civil society leaders.
From the 2015 NED Annual Report
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