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General Purposes

CEE Bankwatch Network

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–December 31, 2006
  • Location Prague, Czech Republic
  • Geographic Focus Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine

About this grant

The mission of the network is to prevent environmentally and socially harmful impacts of international development finance and to promote alternative solutions and public participation. To this end, the network monitors activities of international financial institutions, provides policy analysis, generates local participation in decisionmaking processes of these institutions and informs international audiences about key issues facing the region and Europe.Multiyear funding will enable the network to continue its core activities in Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine. Activities will focus on ensuring that the network maintains a high level of skills and professional development; refining the network’s campaign objectives and approaches; developing materials and publications relevant to a wide audience and improving distribution; increasing the involvement of technical experts in the development of alternative policies and practices; and reaching out to other NGO networks in Central/Eastern Europe and Russia working on human rights and gender issues.During the past three years, the network focused on three international financial institutions: the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank. It worked to open these institutions to public participation and scrutiny around public funding in the context of the European Union accession process, and addressed environmental issues along with democracy-building and civil-society development.