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The project goal is to better understand the causes and implications for civil society development of recent citizen protests, demonstrations, and discontent in Europe generally and, in particular, Central and Eastern Europe. To this end, the Bulgaria-based Centre for Liberal Strategies Foundation will study a wide range of approaches and practices to defining civic activism and measuring its impact and will propose a methodology for monitoring civic activism. In addition, the grantee will coordinate an international team of experienced researchers and practitioners from six countries-Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Russia, Spain, and Turkey-where the experiences of recent, strong protest movements provide valuable parallels and contrasts for the researchers. The grantee will host six roundtables in each of the participating countries, during which the key research questions will be debated. The discussions will be summarized in a final report, which will be widely publicized. Established in 1994, the grantee is an independent think tank whose mission is to carry out activities which promote public debate and exercise influence over decision-making processes. During the past grant period, the grantee developed and published research papers on the mass civic protests in Bulgaria, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and Ukraine and organized series of workshops and public events to discuss and publicize the research findings.
The program goal is to develop the potential of primary and secondary schools to be catalysts for increased openness, tolerance, inclusiveness, and participatory decision making in local communities in Bosnia-Herzegovina. To this end, the International Association “Interactive Open Schools” based in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, will work intensively with more than 40 schools annually in Tuzla to conduct training, create networking opportunities, and provide informational resources to teachers and school administrators as well as parents and students. The grantee will also be a resource for schools and other nonprofits in Croatia, Serbia, and the wider Balkan region that are promoting community education and community school principles and practices. In 2013–2014, the grantee provided training and other support services to school administrators, teachers, and school clubs and associations and disseminated information and resources regionally. By the end of 2014, approximately 70 schools in the Tuzla region had participated in one or more of the grantee’s activities.
The program goal is to support the development of community foundations in Hungary. During the grant period, the Roots and Wings Foundation will promote the concept of community foundations; identify four Hungarian communities with potential to establish community foundations; and strengthen the capacity of the initiative groups in these communities through training, consultancy, and international study visits. Also, the grantee will create partnerships with nonprofit organizations and donors to secure the long-term future of its community foundation development program. In addition, the grantee will strengthen its own organizational capacity and financial sustainability. The grantee was established in May 2014 by a group of community development experts and practitioners interested in developing the community foundation field in Hungary. The grantee’s founders have been instrumental in the establishment of the first community foundation in Hungary, the Ferencvaros Community Foundation in Budapest, in 2011. The grantee is committed to spreading the successful practices and lessons learned to other Hungarian communities and supporting their efforts to build community foundations.
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