Central and Eastern Europe

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 2018

Advancing Transitional Justice and Historical Understanding

Association for Transitional Justice, Accountability and Remembrance

$48,000

To advance transitional justice and historical understanding. The Sarajevo-based group and its Banja Luka partner will promote a better understanding of war crimes committed in the country in the 1990s by expanding their documentation of detention camps operating in 1992-95. The organizations will jointly conduct desk research and interviews to identify and classify additional places of detention and promote the project’s findings at public events.

Advancing Transitional Justice and Historical Understanding

Center for Democracy and Transitional Justice

$34,000

To advance transitional justice and historical understanding. The Banja Luka-based group and its Sarajevo partner will promote a better understanding of war crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s by expanding their documentation of detention camps operating in 1992-95. The organizations will jointly conduct desk research and interviews to identify and classify additional places of detention and promote the project’s findings at public events.

Encouraging Civic Activism among Youth

Humanity in Action Bosnia and Herzegovina

$35,000

To foster active citizenship among youth and enable young leaders to play a greater role in promoting democratic values among their peers. The program will train promising young leaders, introducing them to democracy and human rights issues, encouraging them to employ critical thinking on sensitive topics, and building their communications, presentation, and research skills. Participants will engage in individual research projects, civic engagement campaigns, group projects, and a final debate tournament on democracy-related issues.

Encouraging Professional Media Reporting

Press Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina

$25,000

To promote and protect freedom of information, and encourage professional media reporting. The group will organize a series of presentations, meetings, and trainings to build the skills of media professionals, and conduct a nonpartisan multimedia outreach campaign to foster media freedom and professional reporting ahead of the October 2018 general elections. The media self-regulatory body will promote quality journalism through its complaints procedure against unprofessional media reporting.

Encouraging Youth Participation in Political Processes

Youth Movement Revolt

$43,000

To promote youth participation in democratic processes. Around the October 2018 general elections, the organization will conduct a nonpartisan get-out-the-vote and civic education program in northeastern Bosnia to educate young people about their role as citizens in a democracy and the importance of participating in elections. It will organize workshops, public debates with political party representatives, and a television program. Following the elections, the organization will utilize its web platform to monitor local government performance.

Engaging Youth in Advancing Historical Reconciliation

Association for Social Research and Communication

$35,000

To engage youth in advancing transitional justice and historical reconciliation. The group will organize a nation-wide competition for young people to develop and propose design concepts for the first national monument dedicated to all war victims. The group will carry out an advocacy campaign for the new monument’s construction that will include a roundtable, publications, and web portal featuring an updated database of existing monuments.

Fostering Civic Activism through Online Media

Youth Cultural Center Abrasevic

$44,000

To encourage public debate on key issues and foster civic engagement among youth. The organization’s multimedia portal will provide a nonpartisan forum for public discussion ahead of and after the 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections, promote civic participation, and present the work of other civic groups. The organization will encourage dialogue between citizens and local officials through public discussions and roundtables, and foster active citizenship and promote democratic values among youth with socially engaged music and art performances.

Fostering Professional Media Reporting

Center for Media and Policy Analysis

$50,000

To foster professional media reporting. The organization will engage leading journalists and media professionals to analyze the content of the country’s key electronic, print, and online media outlets and raise awareness about the quality of their reporting, especially ahead of and after the October 2018 general elections. The nonpartisan project’s related website and social media profiles will disseminate analyses and news to generate discussion regarding media standards with other outlets and the general public.

Fostering the Accountability of Elected Officials

Zid d.o.o. Radio Sarajevo

$35,000

To foster the accountability of elected officials around the October 2018 general elections. The media outlet will expand its political content to include 30 new visualizations analyzing the performance of officials elected in the last two cycles and provide nonpartisan information on candidates. Disseminated through its popular website, the infographics will remind voters of the officials’ political, economic, and social programs and assess their performance since taking office.

Promoting Accountability through Online Media

Center for Critical Thinking

$38,500

To encourage public debate on government performance ahead of the 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections. The center’s web platform will serve as a forum for open discussion for prominent journalists, commentators, and civic and political leaders. The discussions will inform and educate citizens about the duties and responsibilities of public institutions and elected officials, analyze candidates’ platforms and campaign messages, and monitor newly elected officials’ performance.

Promoting Accountability Using New Media

Why Not?

$102,000

To promote accountability. The organization will maintain a political fact-checking and promise-tracking website that compares political party and public officials’ statements with actual legislation and implemented policies. Ahead of the 2018 general elections, the program will monitor elected officials’ performance and conduct a nonpartisan information outreach campaign. The group will also organize an annual conference in Sarajevo that brings together the region’s leading watchdog and media groups, and highlights innovative accountability initiatives using new technologies.

Promoting Accountability Using New Media

Why Not?

Supplement: $25,000

To promote accountability. The group will maintain a political fact-checking and promise-tracking website that compares political party and public officials’ statements with the actual legislation or policies they implement. Ahead of the 2018 general elections, it will monitor elected officials’ performance, while its think tank partner will monitor election-related media coverage; the project will share the findings through nonpartisan outreach campaigns. The group will also organize an annual conference that connects the region’s leading watchdog and media groups, and highlights innovative accountability initiatives using new technologies.

Promoting Civic Participation through Television

Foundation for Creative Development

$43,000

To promote the civil society activities of nongovernmental organizations and encourage broader civic engagement. The organization will produce new episodes of its popular television series, which profiles local NGOs and their efforts to tackle specific problems in their respective communities, highlights discussions by civil society leaders on key issues, and provides current news about the civic sector. One of the country’s public broadcasters will air the series.

Promoting Debate on Key Reform Policies

Center for Policy and Governance

$40,000

To promote public discussion on key policies affecting the country’s democratic transition. The think tank will publish policy papers and organize events with relevant experts, analysts, and political party representatives to foster debate on the country’s reforms. The analytical center also will convene meetings to evaluate specific reform policies and generate new ideas and recommendations for their improved implementation.

Promoting Election Campaign Financing Transparency

Transparency International Bosnia and Herzegovina

$50,000

To promote the financial transparency and accountability of political parties and election campaigns. Ahead of the country’s October 2018 general elections, the watchdog group will monitor the use of public funds before and during the campaigns, identify cases of abuse of regulations on political party financing, and enhance oversight of campaign financing. The organization will use the findings to conduct a nonpartisan advocacy and outreach campaign.

Promoting Human Rights Through Film

Pravo Ljudski

$45,000

To foster public debate, particularly among youth, on human rights issues. The organization will oversee the 13th edition of its annual human rights film festival, including over 80 screenings, discussions, and exhibitions. It will also conduct a traveling civic education program featuring politically and socially themed documentaries to three cities and train students in using the visual arts to promote civic activism.

Promoting New Approaches to Reconciliation

Urban Association

$44,000

To foster new approaches to promoting dialogue, historical understanding, and reconciliation among youth. The association will continue producing and publicizing a multimedia archive of personal stories about war-time experiences. The collection of over 4,000 stories and artifacts on youth experiences during the 1992-95 war will serve as a powerful reconciliation tool regarding this tragic period in recent history.

Promoting Reconciliation among Youth

Post-Conflict Research Center

$50,000

To encourage new approaches to promoting transitional justice and reconciliation among youth. The center will organize its annual nationwide competition that invites youth to highlight stories in their local communities related to transitional justice, peacebuilding, and moral courage. It will supplement the competition with multimedia trainings and a specialized mentorship program for the winners with professional journalists, filmmakers, and photographers that will encourage new approaches to promoting transitional justice and reconciliation.

Promoting Women’s Participation in Local Decision-Making

Women for Women

$45,000

To strengthen the capacity of women’s associations and promote the greater participation of women in decision making at the local level. The project will assist women and women’s associations in particularly vulnerable or divided municipalities through a series of tailored leadership and advocacy trainings. The project will also provide individual participants with small stipends and mentoring, and groups with micro grants to implement advocacy campaigns promoting the greater civic and political participation of women.

Promoting Youth Activism in Republika Srpska

Association of Independent Creators and Activists (GETO)

$24,500

To promote youth activism and open debate on key issues facing youth in Republika Srpska. The association will carry out civic education activities in Banja Luka, including public discussions, film screenings, and promotions of other civic groups and initiatives that foster freedom of expression and encourage youth activism. It will also organize a photo competition, a nonpartisan civic campaign, and a regional annual festival promoting activism through art.

Promoting Youth Activism in Republika Srpska

Association of Independent Creators and Activists (GETO)

$40,000

To promote youth activism and public debate on key issues facing youth in Republika Srpska. The organization will carry out workshops, public discussions, film screenings, and events promoting other civic groups and initiatives that foster freedom of expression and encourage youth to be more active in their communities. It will also organize its annual regional festival that fosters civic education and activism through art.

Promoting Youth Activism in Republika Srpska

Ostra Nula

$41,000

To strengthen youth activism in Republika Srpska and promote greater youth participation in the October 2018 general elections. The group will organize a workshop to increase the leadership skills of a diverse group of young activists, convene public events and civic actions highlighting the role of youth in democratization processes, and facilitate public debates addressing key issues facing youth. A nonpartisan get-out-the-vote campaign will include the dissemination of videos and print materials, and direct engagement with citizens.

Promoting Youth Engagement and Reconciliation

Youth Center KVART

$44,541

To promote greater youth engagement in raising awareness of and advancing dialogue on dealing with the past. The youth group will organize a school and training camp on transitional justice issues for young people from across Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as awareness raising activities on the recent past in the Prijedor region. In addition, the group will conduct commemorative events and workshops to stimulate broader youth engagement in the process of reconciliation.

Promoting Youth Reconciliation in Divided Communities

Bridge of Peace

$39,000

To encourage new approaches to promoting dialogue and reconciliation among youth in ethnically divided communities. The group will organize its annual youth festival showcasing socially engaged art and theater produced by youth and teachers through a series of workshops. Additional workshops will engage young human rights activists and international students of art and design in other creative endeavors promoting interethnic dialogue and cooperation.

Strengthening NGOs Monitoring Reforms

Sarajevo Open Center

$47,000

To promote the engagement and effectiveness of civil society organizations monitoring reforms and decisions affecting the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration processes. A coalition will evaluate the performance of the domestic government and international community in relation to furthering integration, and share the experiences of civil society leaders working on Euro-Atlantic integration in other countries. Public outreach activities will include roundtables, reports and policy papers, and media content.   

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