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Western Balkans Cohesion Initiative

European Stability Initiative

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $120,000
  • Grant Period November 1, 2003–October 31, 2005
  • Location Berlin, Germany
  • Geographic Focus Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia

About this grant

As the social and economic difficulties faced by people in the Western Balkans continue to grow, the amount of protest increases in the forms of social unrest and political instability. One of the ways to overcome such difficulties is to develop institutions that can channel public protest into responsive shifts in public policies. Such institutions can generate, disseminate and interpret information to promote understanding of policies and programs.Multiyear funding will support efforts to promote the use of field-based research methodologies for understanding specific social and economic trends and issues in the region; increase the availability and accessibility of this research; and build the capacity of local decisionmakers and other stakeholders to use such research to increase public understanding and support for policy reforms. Activities will include gathering and disseminating research and research methodologies; organizing presentations for local decisionmakers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); conducting trainings for local analysts and researchers working in government, NGOs and academic institutes; and carrying out public policy development pilot projects.The European Stability Initiative, a nonprofit research and policy institute, was created in 1999 in recognition of the critical need for independent, in-depth analysis of the complex issues involved in promoting stability and prosperity in southeastern Europe.