Southeastern Europe Regional

Center for Democratic Transition
Accountability
$48,500
Using New Media to Promote Government Transparency
To promote the use of new media in fostering government transparency in Southeastern Europe. The Podgorica-based Center will work with three leading watchdog groups using new technologies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Serbia to develop its online tool DURBIN (durbin.cdtmn.org) at the regional level, allowing for in-country and country-to-country comparisons of openness, accountability, and reform capacities of the four governments. The Center and its partners will also produce a publication summarizing project findings, lessons learned, and recommendations for improving government transparency.

Center for Studies of Religion, Politics and Society
Conflict Resolution
$33,000
Advancing Reconciliation in the Former Yugoslavia
To advance the process of ethnic and historical reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia by building support among religious communities for the establishment of a regional commission, RECOM, which is mandated  to establish and disclose the facts about all victims of war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia. The Center will organize two workshops, a panel discussion, and hold a two-day regional conference bringing together representatives from the major religious communities in the region. The Center will also continue to maintain a website on religion and reconciliation (www.religion-and-peace.com), and distribute 200 copies of a publication highlighting the conference recommendations.

Heartefact Fund
Conflict Resolution
$80,000
Improving Crossborder Dialogue, Tolerance and Cooperation
To foster innovative civil society and media initiatives that promote interethnic dialogue and cooperation, as well as tolerance, diversity, and respect for human rights among different communities in the Western Balkans, with particular emphasis on Kosovo and Serbia. The Fund will award at least 10 small grants of up to $6,000 each to support projects addressing common problems facing post-conflict societies in the region, promoting crossborder dialogue, and enhancing cooperation between civil society groups, particularly those addressing prejudice, discrimination, human rights violations, and painful war legacies. 

MEMO 98
Political Processes
$34,900
Fostering Objective and Professional Reporting in Albania and Serbia
To foster objective and professional reporting in Albania and Serbia. Through trainings and on-the-job mentoring, the Bratislava-based MEMO 98 will build the media monitoring capacity of the Tirana-based Institute for Development Research and Alternatives (IDRA) during an important election year, as well as continue developing the media monitoring skills of the Belgrade-based Bureau for Social Research (BIRODI). In each country, MEMO 98 will hold a week-long training, oversee the monitoring programs, and assist the local partner in producing and disseminating three monitoring reports. 

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Strengthening Political Institutions
$380,000
Political Party Development and Policymaking
To support social democratic, liberal, and center right party efforts to reform and modernize in the context of EU integration. NDI will help parties in ten countries in the Western Balkans to fortify their individual platforms and policies, as well as develop three regional leadership schools, provide bilateral consultations on party reform efforts, and assist parties in incorporating women and youth in their decision-making processes. 

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Human Rights
$470,000
Promoting Roma Civic and Political Participation

To foster inclusion, representation, and equality for Roma through increased engagement of Roma citizens in civic and political life in Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. NDI will enhance the capacities of Roma activists to conduct advocacy campaigns and compete for office, as well as connect Roma with their peers from mainstream political parties, government institutions, and civic groups. 

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Strengthening Political Institutions
$250,000
Strengthening Western Balkan Legislatures
To strengthen the oversight, research, and administrative capacities of parliaments in the Western Balkans. NDI will assist the parliaments in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia in improving and expanding their internal services, such as research and legal departments, in order to increase the quality of legislation produced and reviewed. Further, the initiative will provide exchanges and frameworks for improving internal parliamentary processes, such as committee operations.

Romedia Foundation
Freedom of Information
$44,500
Improving Media Coverage of Issues Faced by the Roma Communities
To improve media reporting and increase the visibility of the problems, rights and needs of Roma populations in Hungary and Serbia. The Foundation will build the skills of 24 Romani women activists and journalists, enabling them to produce high quality, unbiased media coverage about the issues facing Romani communities in the two countries. Endowment funds will be used organize two training and two production sessions, produce and distribute six video reports, and facilitate networking among participants. 

Solidarity Center
Freedom of Association
$49,000
Building Regional Cooperation among Telecommunications Unions
To strengthen the capacity of telecommunications unions in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia to build two-way communication with new workers in the sector, identify their workplace concerns, and collectively represent their interests. The Solidarity Center will conduct education programs, including a series of meetings, focusing on strengthening worker participation in union organizing and bargaining as well as addressing weaknesses in the labor rights environment using global rights instruments.

TechSoup Global
NGO Strengthening
$50,000 (supplement)
Building the Capacity of NGOs to Use New Technologies
To foster civic engagement in the Western Balkans and build the capacity of local organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia to use new technologies to address key problems in their communities. The San Francisco-based TechSoup and its European headquarters in Warsaw will develop a regional web-based platform and employ social media to foster dialogue, catalyze civic engagement, and promote innovative ideas among NGOs in the region. Supplemental funding will be used to cover partial costs associated with organizing TechSoup’s second TechCamp in Sarajevo, as well as to offer two workshops and additional mentoring opportunities to local NGO partners.

This and That Productions
Conflict Resolution
$40,000
Promoting Historical Understanding and Reconciliation through Film
To advance historical understanding and post-conflict reconciliation in the Western Balkans by producing and distributing a feature length film that will explore individual responsibility for crimes committed during the disintegration of Yugoslavia. The historically accurate film will be based on actual stories, interviews, and archival materials, and will focus on individuals who committed some of the worst atrocities during the wars of the 1990s. The film will be screened in theaters and at festivals throughout the region.

Grant descriptions are from the 2013 NED Annual Report.