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Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York;
After 1990, US and European foundations and government agencies invested in a series of Partnerships and Trusts to support civil society in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, the Balkans and the Black Sea regions. Analyzing the long-term impact of these investments is crucial, especially as many politicians across these regions increase their anti-civil society rhetoric. Three long-time US foundation staff look back at the legacy and impact of this funding and derive a series of lessons for practitioners seeking to understand how best to sustain civil societies for the long term.
Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN);
After one year of a full monitoring cycle in 2016, Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) with its members, including TUSEV, published the regional report in partnership with European Center for Non-profit Law (ECNL). The report summarizes the key findings from country reports including Turkey 2016 Report prepared by using the Monitoring Matrix methodology. The report identifies common issues across the Western Balkan countries and Turkey and brings key recommendations directed towards national governments and relevant European Union institutions to highlight the priorities for intervention in the creation of a more enabling environment for civil society.
Rockefeller Brothers Fund;
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) commissioned an impact assessment of its Western Balkans program from 2010 to 2015. As the team who carried out this assessment, our overall conclusion from the assessment is that the RBF program in the Western Balkans is having meaningful positive impact, and it is relevant to the developments in Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and the rest of the region. We believe the program is well designed and is achieving a lot with a relatively small amount of money.
King Baudouin Foundation;
This report aims to highlight the main results and impact of the TVRP in the lives of trafficked persons as well as more generally in the field of re/integration in the Balkans. It provides a detailed analysis of the outstanding achievements and outcomes of the TVRP assessment conducted in 2014 through interviews of beneficiaries, partner NGOs, experts and government officials as well as other sources of data. It is our hope that the lessons, testimonies and experiences outlined in this report will contribute to open new perspectives and practices in the re/integration of trafficked persons.
King Baudouin Foundation;
Human trafficking continues to plague the Balkan region, taking many forms and claiming many victims. Addressing and combating human trafficking has been a priority issue within the King Baudouin Foundation (KBF) with a clear focus on the assistance to victims, the protection of their rights and their social inclusion.
To this end, the Foundation set up the Trafficking Victims Re/integration Programme which aims to enhance the scope and capacity of re/integration programmes for trafficked persons. From 2007 to 2014, more than 2,000 trafficked persons and their families have been assisted by the TVRP partner organisations in seven countries of the Balkans.
This report aims to highlight the main results and impact of the TVRP in the lives of trafficked persons as well as more generally in the field of re/integration in the Balkans. It provides a detailed analysis of the outstanding achievements and outcomes of the TVRP assessment conducted in 2014 through interviews of beneficiaries, partner NGOs, experts and government officials as well as other sources of data.
European Foundation Centre (EFC);
That study explores the operating environment for public-benefit foundations in the Western Balkans region. Examining the legal and tax framework for foundations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, it draws on data provided by local foundation law experts in each of the countries surveyed and presents a comparative analysis.
The study investigates initiatives for reconciliation and "dealing with the past" which were undertaken by international organisations, legal institutions and local civil society actors in response to the wars in the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. The coherence of objectives and strategies and their implications for peacebuilding, forms of cooperation and learning experiences, and the political resonance of the various approaches were a particular focus of interest. The research concentrated on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia, which are linked by their history of ethnopolitical conflict and are signatory states to the Dayton Peace Agreement (1995), under which they committed to cooperate in order to overcome the effects of war. The inter-country case study was carried out with input from local partners from civil society organisations and academic institutions. In all, 150 interviews were conducted in 28 municipalities.
Open Society Institute;
Analyzes the European Union's approach to promoting policies to address the socioeconomic situation and rights of Roma populations in candidate nations in the accession process. Offers a framework for a comprehensive and sustainable long-term strategy.