BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 2019
Advancing Transitional Justice and Historical Reconciliation
Association for Social Research and Communication
To advance the process of transitional justice and historical reconciliation. The group will strengthen a culture of remembrance and foster public dialogue regarding the recent past by advocating with decision-makers to develop comprehensive guidelines and recommendations for memorialization policies, particularly in relation to the construction of wartime monuments. In addition, the group will organize educational trainings for youth and local leaders and prepare a historical remembrance handbook for decision-makers and trainers.
Advancing Transitional Justice and Historical Understanding
Association for Transitional Justice, Accountability and Remembrance
To promote a better understanding of war crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s. The Sarajevo-based organization and its Banja Luka partner will expand a unique record of wartime detention sites. The partners will work together to conduct desk research and interviews to identify and classify additional places of detention and promote the project’s findings online and at public events.
Encouraging Civic Activism among Youth
Humanity in Action Bosnia and Herzegovina
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
To promote and protect freedom of information and encourage professional media reporting. The group will organize 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. The media self-regulatory body will also promote quality journalism through its complaints procedure against unprofessional media reporting, and monitor and counter online hate speech.
Encouraging Youth Participation in Political Processes
Youth Movement Revolt
To promote youth participation in democratic processes. Ahead of the 2020 local elections, the organization will conduct a nonpartisan get-out-the-vote and civic activism program in northeastern Bosnia to educate young people about their role as active 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. The organization will also utilize its web platform to monitor local government performance.
Fostering Civic Activism through Online Media
Youth Cultural Center Abrasevic
To foster public debate and civic activism among youth in Herzegovina. The organization will encourage dialogue between citizens and local officials through public discussions and roundtables, and will use socially engaged cultural performances to foster active citizenship and promote democratic values among youth. Its multimedia portal will provide a nonpartisan public forum ahead of and after the 2020 local elections, promote civic activism, and present the work of other civic groups.
Fostering Objective Reporting on War Crimes Trials
Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Bosnia and Herzegovina
To advance transitional justice and the rule of law. The group’s network of journalists will monitor trials in local war crimes chambers and produce daily coverage for an online magazine and a television program that offer breaking news and analysis on domestic war crimes cases, past human rights abuses, and the impact of these developments on local communities. The group will also monitor the implementation of the country’s new war crimes proceedings strategy.
Fostering Professional Media Reporting
Center for Media and Policy Analysis
To foster professional media reporting. The organization will engage leading journalists and media professionals to monitor and analyze the content of the country’s key electronic, print, and online media outlets and raise awareness about the quality of their reporting. The nonpartisan project’s related website and social media pages will disseminate the findings to other outlets and the general public to generate discussion on improving media standards.
Promoting Accountability Through New Media
To promote the use of new media for political accountability. The organization will maintain a political fact-checking and promise-tracking website that compares political party and public officials’ statements with actual legislation or policies implemented. It will monitor elected officials’ performance and conduct a nonpartisan information outreach campaign. The group will also organize its annual conference in Sarajevo that connects the region’s leading watchdog and media groups and highlights innovative accountability initiatives using new technologies.
Promoting Accountability through Online Media
Center for Critical Thinking
To promote democratic values and encourage public debate on government performance. The organization’s web platform will serve as an independent forum for open discussion for prominent journalists, commentators, and civic and political leaders. It will particularly focus on informing and educating citizens about the duties and responsibilities of public officials and institutions, analyzing candidates’ platforms and campaign messages, monitoring newly elected officials’ performance, and tracking disinformation and other malign influence in local online outlets.
Promoting Accountability through Online Media
Center for Informative Decontamination of Youth
To foster public debate on important political, social and economic issues facing the country and the region. The organization’s online multimedia platform will produce and stream a radio talk show, podcasts, and commentary on current events. The platform and its online radio serve as a forum for open discussion for prominent journalists, commentators, and civic and political leaders, and encourage critical thinking about key issues affecting the country’s and the region’s democratic transition.
Promoting Accountability through Online Media
To encourage public debate, particularly ahead of the country’s 2020 local elections, on key social, political, and economic challenges facing Herzegovina. The organization’s web platform will serve as a source of independent news and analysis and a forum for open discussion for prominent journalists, commentators, and civic leaders. The platform will increase the availability of quality journalism and in-depth stories by investigating cases of alleged political corruption in the region.
Promoting Citizen Participation in Local Government
Center for Civic Cooperation Livno
To promote the accountability and transparency of local governments in western Herzegovina ahead of the 2020 local elections. The organization will build the capacity of municipal wards, enhance communication between local officials and citizens, and increase citizen participation in the activities of the wards. Ahead of the local elections, the nonpartisan program will highlight opportunities for civic participation, strengthen the wards’ ability to contribute constructively to local government decision-making, and advocate for greater citizen engagement.
Promoting Civic Participation through Television
Foundation for Creative Development
To promote the civil society-building activities of nongovernmental organizations and encourage broader civic engagement. The organization will produce new episodes of its 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 country’s civic sector. One of the country’s public broadcasters airs the series.
Promoting Debate on Key Reform Policies
Center for Policy and Governance
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 local and international public officials to foster debate on needed reforms. It will also convene meetings and public conferences 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
To promote the financial transparency and accountability of political parties and election campaigns. In the aftermath of the October 2018 general elections, the watchdog group will use the findings from monitoring the use of public funds before, during and after the campaigns to identify cases of abuse of regulations on political party financing, and use the findings to conduct a nonpartisan advocacy and outreach campaign to enhance public oversight of campaign financing.
Promoting Human Rights through Film
To foster public debate on democratic values and promote new approaches to fostering human rights awareness among youth. The civic association will organize the 14th edition of its annual human rights film festival, which will include 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
War Childhood Museum Foundation
To foster new approaches to promoting dialogue, historical understanding, and reconciliation among youth. The foundation will produce and publicize a multimedia archive of personal stories about recent wartime experiences. The collection of over 4,000 stories and artifacts on youth experiences during the 1992-95 war will serve as a powerful reconciliation and education tool regarding this tragic period in the country’s recent history.
Promoting Reconciliation Among Youth
Post-Conflict Research Center
To encourage new approaches to promoting transitional justice and reconciliation among youth. The center will organize its annual nationwide competition inviting youth to identify inspirational stories related to transitional justice, conflict resolution, and moral courage in their local communities. It will supplement the competition with multimedia trainings and a specialized mentorship for the winners with professional journalists, filmmakers, and photographers, which will encourage new approaches to promoting transitional justice and reconciliation in deeply divided communities.
Promoting the Accountability of Elected Officials
Center for Investigative Reporting
To promote government transparency and political accountability prior to the 2020 local elections. The organization will produce and disseminate investigative articles examining how local politicians have acquired their wealth and document any cases of alleged misuse of political power, particularly those related to foreign-funded investments and infrastructure projects. The nonpartisan articles will be distributed free of charge for use by media outlets, civil society groups, and government agencies.
Promoting Youth Activism in Republika Srpska
Association of Independent Creators and Activists (GETO)
To promote youth civic engagement and public debate on key issues facing youth in Republika Srpska ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 2020 local elections. The association will carry out workshops, public discussions, film screenings, and a nonpartisan get-out-the-vote video campaign to foster freedom of expression and encourage youth to be more active in their communities. It will also organize its annual regional festival that promotes civic engagement through art
Promoting Youth Activism in Republika Srpska
To foster civic engagement and encourage open debate among youth in Republika Srpska. The group will organize a civic education workshop to increase the leadership skills of a diverse group of young activists, public events and civic actions highlighting the role of youth in democratization processes, and open debates addressing key issues facing youth. In addition, the group will produce a series of radio programs on civic engagement.
Promoting Youth Reconciliation in Divided Communities
Bridge of Peace
To encourage new approaches to promoting dialogue and reconciliation among youth. The group will organize several events to showcase innovative, participatory approaches to building trust amongst young people in deeply divided communities. A series of workshops and a final symposium will engage young human rights activists and students in creative endeavors promoting interethnic dialogue and cooperation.
Strengthening NGOs Monitoring Reforms
Sarajevo Open Center
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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