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CEE/NIS Public Interest Law Networks: Peer to Peer Information and Training Exchanges

Columbia University in the City of New York

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Increasing Access to Justice
  • Grant Amount $90,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–December 31, 2005
  • Location New York, NY, United States
  • Geographic Focus Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

About this grant

Since the democratic changes in Central/Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Newly Independent States more than a decade ago, the citizens of many CEE countries have elected stable governments. Many of these countries, in preparation to join the European Union, have developed their economies and created a political system to ensure their ability to interact with their western neighbors. Although non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the region are increasing, there is a need to develop better mechanisms for sharing expertise, skills and knowledge, especially across borders.Multiyear funding will support capacity-building opportunities and encourage collaborations and exchange of best practices among NGOs involved in public interest law activities. Objectives include conducting workshops, training seminars and conferences to assist NGOs in addressing immediate issues while also enhancing their long-term sustainability; producing handbooks, sourcebooks and occasional papers that document lessons learned; and disseminating best practices in particular areas of public interest law activity throughout the region.The Public Interest Law Initiative of Columbia University School of Law was created in 1997 to assist in the development and facilitate the networking of public-interest law practitioners in Central/Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia.