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Grant Summaries – REGIONAL FY 2006 and FY 2007 FY 2006 1. Alliance for Lake Cooperation (ALLCOOP) 2. Alternative Academic Educational Network 3. Association of Bulgarian School of Politics 4. Association of Multiethnic Cities – Philia 5. Association of Political Science Students 6. B92 Fund 7. Belgrade Circle 8. Belgrade Women‘s Studies and Gender Research Center 9. Center for Cultural Decontamination and Belgrade Circle 10. Center for Development of Civil Society MilenijuM 11. Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies 12. Center for Liberal Strategies 13. Center for Migration Studies 14. Center for Peace and Democracy Development 15. Center for Regionalism 16. Civic Action for Human Rights 17. Civitas Foundation for Civil Society 18. Committee for Civic Initiative 19. Democratic Transitions Initiative 20. Economic Policy Institute 21. FAMA International 22. For the Earth 23. Forum for Ethnic Relations 24. Free Minds Association 25. Grantmakers East Group (GEG) 26. Humanitarian Law Center 27. InfoBus 28. Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) 29. Institute of International Politics and Economics 30. International and Security Affairs Center 31. KosovaLive News Agency 32. Media Center Nis 33. Media Education Center 34. Mother Theresa Society 35. NGO Association Clubture 36. Prishtina Regional Enterprise Agency 37. ProConcept 38. Project on Ethnic Relations (PER) 39. Refugee Return Service 40. STINA News Agency 41. TRANSFUSE 42. Youth Initiatives for Human Rights – Kosovo FY 2007 1. Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) 2. Center for Nonviolent Resistance 3. Group 484 4. Syndicate for International Social Matters (Civic Dialogue) 5. Youth Initiative for Human Rights FY 2006 1. Alliance for Lake Cooperation in Ohrid, Macedonia, and Prespa, Albania (ALLCOOP) Institutionalizing Cross-border Network in the Prespa/Ohrid Euroregion $38,600 The Alliance for Lake Cooperation in Ohrid, Macedonia, and Prespa, Albania (ALLCOOP) supports cross-border activities in the fields of the environment and civic action. This BTD-funded project builds upon and provides follow-up support for East- West, cross-border cooperation in the Prespa/Ohrid region, while simultaneously strengthening efforts to establish a Euroregion throughout the border areas of Macedonia, Greece, and Albania. Through the provision of trainings, seminars, and various opportunities for NGO cooperation, the project fosters the development of a regional NGO network concentrating on environmental issues in the Ohrid region. 2. Alternative Academic Network Regional Tuning – Toward European Higher Education Area €21,000 Founded in 1998 in response to the passing of the repressive University Act in the National Parliament of Serbia, the Alternative Academic Educational Network (AAEN) is committed to the reform of Serbian higher education. The BTD-funded project aims to synchronize the educational structures of Universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia and Montenegro, in an attempt to draw these countries‘ educational systems closer to that of the European Higher Education Area. Through a series of seminars, consultations, and working groups between the region‘s educational leaders, educational structures will be tuned into the fields of the humanities and social sciences, to allow for greater academic mobility and mutual recognition of academic credentials. Project participants will be selected from Dayton Triangle countries‘ institutions of higher education, the business sector, and state officials. 3. Association of Bulgarian School of Politics Political Debate in Southeast Europe $34,480 Founded in 2000, the Bulgarian School of Politics is a registered nonprofit, nongovernmental organization working to cultivate a community of young political leaders and public servants sharing a commitment to the integration of Southeastern Europe within Euroatlantic structures. The ‗Political Debate in Southeast Europe‘ project is the second of two grants that BTD has awarded to the school. A total of 39 participants drawn from across the region (including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia and Montenegro, as well as Kosovo), will partake in three six-day training courses. Seminar content will center on such pressing topics as conflict management, democratization, political transition, and public confidence. The project addresses the gap dividing the Balkan electorate from their political representatives by bringing together talented young representatives of the political, media, and civic sectors to discuss the challenges facing the region. 4. Association of Multiethnic Cities – Philia Association of Multiethnic Cities of Southeastern Europe €60,000 The Association of Multiethnic Cities is a newly-founded organization, recently registered with the Federal Ministry of Human and Minority Rights of Serbia and Montenegro. The BTD funded project supports the Association‘s efforts to assist communities and partner NGOs in the development and implementation of actions aimed at solving regional issues, strengthening local governments, and improving the overall quality of life within the region. The majority of the grant is dedicated to the Association‘s small grants program, which provides seed money and matching funds in the range of €5,000 to €30,000 to municipalities and NGOs wishing to carry out projects and programs in line with the Association‘s aims. In supporting such projects, the Association empowers local communities to tackle issues that are important to their constituents and thus raise the bar of democratic consolidation. 5. Association of Political Science Students International Association of Political Science Students (IAPSS) Bridges Network $15,288 Marked to take place in Bucharest, Romania, the BTD funded ‗International Association of Political Science Students‘ project supports the implementation of the provocatively entitled ―New Europe: Who‘s Afraid of Democratization‖ conference, a forum for 30 political science students of the region. In its will to spark both dialogue and analysis of the issues related to political culture, IAPSS will seek to teach participants of the means by which to forge a political culture respectful of the rule of law and democratic principles. In addition, the project aims to create a space within which this knowledge can be crafted to motivate students to become active players in the region‘s political activities. At present, a website is maintained in promotion of the conference. Following the conference‘s conclusion, the site will serve as a resource center and forum for political science students, as well as a place where students can network and share ideas. This network, to be called ―the Bridges Network‖, marks the long-term collaboration of many of the region‘s future leaders. 6. B92 Fund Documentary Vukovar – Final Cut – finalization and promotional activities $12,000 Founded in 2003, the B92 Fund seeks to provide support for the production and presentation of analytical and critical culture, promote the values of an open and democratic society, and develop programs and projects that offer accurate public information on current social problems afflicting the region. This BTD-funded project supports the final post-production phase and promotional activities of the documentary project Vukovar – Final Cut, which is one of the largest documentary projects ever conducted in the Dayton Triangle, and the first joint Croat-Serb project of its kind. Documenting the tragedy of the siege on the Croatian town of Vukovar, it exposes the difficulties faced by both Serbs and Croats in confronting the recent past. ‗Vukovar – Final Cut‘ relies on archival footage, previously unreleased, from military, private and other sources in Serbia and Croatia, and lists, among others, interviews with Tomislav Mercep, Vesna Bosanac, Branko Borkovic, Marin Vidic-Bili, Martin Spegelj, Vukovar defenders, Serbian volunteers, members of paramilitary groups, etc. According to screenplay writer Drago Hedl, ―We tried to present as universal approach to the material as possible. The film provides an introduction to the war in Vukovar and makes an attempt to answer what happened and why it happened there.‖ The documentary will be both produced and aired on Television B92 as well as featured in several highly acclaimed documentary film festivals in the region. 7. Belgrade Circle Seminar “Transitional Justice in the former Yugoslavia- the role of the media” € 20,000 Since 2004, Belgrade Circle has worked with the Center for Cultural Decontamination to promote neglected voices, democratization, and pacifism. This BTD-funded project supports a regional seminar to be held in Belgrade, with institutional partners and participants drawn from throughout the region and beyond. The seminar will center on an analysis of the role of media in the conduct of Serbia‘s democratic transition and path towards reconciliation. Seminar content will force participants to re-address and re-think the role of the media in the diverse fields of transitional justice, particularly as a means to build effective new alliances between academia, policy makers, media representatives, civil society, and students. 8. Belgrade Women’s Studies and Gender Research Center Regional cooperation €33,000 This project is a key part of a regional initiative to create a network of gender/women‘s studies initiatives in SEE which will provide a strong mutual support system based on exchanges of human and other resources. In the two year process of building strategies for the women‘s/gender studies in SEE, this regional initiative has organized a series of meetings and exchanges and created a database of all resource centers including teaching materials. The project also envisions the organization of the 6th annual seminar at the IUC on the topic of Differences in (the Balkan) Context. This seminar has been a rare and rewarding experience bringing together students and their professors to present and debate controversial issues in a regional context. 9. Center for Cultural Decontamination and Belgrade Circle Transitional Justice in the former Yugoslavia € 9,316, Consisting of almost 70 speakers from various local, regional, and international institutions, this project brings the subject of transitional justice to the forefront of the debate between the region‘s academics, civic activists, governmental leaders, and the broader public. With the assistance of documentaries and self-published books examining each of the seminars‘ themes, the Center aims to relieve citizens of their collective guilt and in so doing, set their sights toward a collective perspective. Aside from the aforementioned publications (which are to be distributed free-of-charge to members of Serbian parliament, seminar participants, and libraries throughout Serbia), a bilingual textbook will be published following the completion of every third seminar. Seminars will be broadcast on radio and television, with text coverage in Belgrade dailies. The seminars will take place in Belgrade (Serbia), Zagreb (Croatia), and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) throughout a one-year period. The project fosters support for an institutionalized reconciliation process in conjunction with the prosecution of war criminals at both domestic and international levels. 10. Center for Development of Civil Society MilenijuM Start Negotiating €19,900 Founded in April 2004 by Serbia‘s former Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic, the Center for Development of Civil Society MilenijuM seeks to actively engage citizens in decision- making processes, thereby contributing to a broader civic consciousness. The BTD- funded project ‗Start Negotiating‘ aims to support intercultural communication and active civic education by facilitating the engagement of university students in intergovernmental problem-solving and decision-making processes in four post-conflict former Yugoslav towns: Nis (Serbia), Skopje (Montenegro), Pristina (Kosovo), and Tetovo (Macedonia). Project content—focusing on such topics as reconciliation, the near future, Balkan politics, and Balkan history—will be presented in an engaging and interactive manner, with activities centering on a series of simulations including mock parliaments, debate forums, and classroom role-playing which will serve to allow students to learn experientially, taking better account of the alternative perspectives. 11. Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies Disclosing Hidden History: Lustration in the Western Balkans €20,000 This BTD-funded project supports an extension of the ―Disclosing Hidden History: Lustration in the Western Balkans‖ project, originally funded in 2004 by the European Commission and USAID. The project‘s aim was that of enhancing lustration legislation and practices, as well as extending citizen participation in public debates on the topic of ‗dealing with the past‘ in the Western Balkans. In light of the project‘s enormous success, additional publicity was necessary in order to bolster the project‘s impact. The grant provided by BTD enables the printing and dissemination of the project‘s results, as well as a press conference to be held in Belgrade. The project seeks to increase citizen‘s awareness of the following conclusions: efforts of lustration are still lacking in the Western Balkans; the public‘s interest in lustration has been overshadowed by war and nationalism, and lustration efforts will aid countries in their path toward EU accession. 12. Center for Liberal Strategies (CLS) The Challenge of the New Populism $25,000 The Center for Liberal Strategies (CLS) represents a new generation of think tanks seeking to spark democratic change in Southeastern Europe. The chairman of its board, Ivan Krastev, boasts a long history of collaboration with the Balkan Trust, including work with the International Commission on the Balkans. In recent years, CLS has sought to address the rising tide of populism compounding the region. This BTD-supported project aims to bring together leading academics, politicians, and civic activists during a two-day conference analyzing the emergence of this new populism. A series of six panel discussions will be held, addressing such topics as: the negative and positive attributes of populism; the societal impact of populism; the social origins of populism; etc. A total of 120 participants drawn from North America, the EU, and southeastern Europe are to partake in what is to be a genuinely international conference. 13. Center for Migration Studies Kosovo Perspectives Weekly Bulletin $25,000 The Center for Migration studies includes a number of highly skilled and experienced professionals who have built their careers in leading government and private organizations. The team is committed to the promotion of core human values including reconciliation, tolerance, compromise, and the region‘s common European future. In an effort to shift the region‘s focus back on substance, the Kosovo Perspectives project supports the cross-border exchange of information by way of unbiased, independent overviews of information regarding timely topics such as the ongoing negotiation process and the future status of Kosovo. Content is to be presented through analytical articles, interviews, and editorials. By producing each issue in three languages—Albanian, English, and Serbian—the project works to ensure respect for and appreciation of the current multiethnic composition of Kosovo. 14. Center for Peace and Democracy Development Initiating the Process of Reconciliation €24,000 Founded in Belgrade, Serbia in 1991 under the name ‗Center for Antiwar Action‘, the newly renamed Center for Peace and Democracy Development (CPDD) seeks to establish durable peace, democracy, cooperation, and reconciliation throughout the former Yugoslavia. The BTD-funded project will be implemented by a network of partners including the CPDD, the Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, and the Center for Human Rights (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Together, these partner organizations seek to support the process of reconciliation in their respective countries by organizing three five-day meetings to be held in Belgrade, Zagreb, and Sarajevo. Meeting content will address various aspects of reconciliation and constructive dialogue, with project participants being drawn from youth branches of the chief political parties active in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia. 15. Center for Regionalism The Truth about the Past – The Foundation for the Future €19,700 The Novi-Sad based Center for Regionalism is dedicated to the democratization and decentralization of the former Yugoslavia, in tandem with the normalization of relations between members of the Dayton Triangle countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia and Montenegro). A BTD grant to the Center supports the formulation of a tripartite model of reconciliation to be applied within each of the Dayton Triangle countries. The project builds on the Center‘s long record of achievements in the realm of reconciliation and confidence building, including the implementation of three widely- reputed Presidential summits, the founding of ‗Philia – The Association of Multiethnic Cities,‘ and the televised documentary series, ―Those Who Spoke Differently.‖ The Truth about the Past project includes a series of expert meetings, public panels, and promotional events seeking to garner public support for the successful implementation of the reconciliation model. 16. Civic Action for Human Rights Regional Youth Network €25,000 Building on its previous efforts to reconcile and unite the region‘s youths, this BTD- funded project provides for the organization of three workshops focusing on topics ranging from human rights and civil society development to local efforts aimed at dealing with the past. The proposed workshops are to take place in the cities of Pristina (Kosovo), Pljevlja (Sanjak – Montenegro) and Priboj (Sanjak – Serbia), culminating in a single advanced seminar concentrating on the subject of human rights and civic activism. In tandem with these activities, the project envisages the ongoing consolidation of a Regional Youth Network - a network of newly trained activists who will continue the work of civil society development. Students participating in the project will serve to lay the groundwork for future youth-collaboration in areas of human rights and reconciliation. Through their leadership, a regional approach to dealing with the past and upholding the rule of law may be achieved. 17. Civitas Foundation for Civil Society SEE motion – Youth Participation in Public Decision-Making $24,017 Civitas aims to promote more active citizen participation in local governance by finding, developing and promoting good practice examples in the SEE region concerning the development of local youth policies. The project involves a partnership of the local authorities and NGOs in Romania, Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina. 18. Committee for Civic Initiative The Question of Guilt and the Answer of Responsibility-Path to the Future $19,840 Founded in 1996 in reaction to the onslaught of electoral fraud charges facing the then- ruling Serbian administration, the Committee for Civic Initiative (CCI) is a Serbian NGO striving to develop an open and democratic civil society in the former Yugoslavia. The ‗Path to the Future‘ project seeks to create the conditions upon which such openness can take root by focusing on the restoration of interethnic trust and cooperation in the Western Balkans. The project will focus on the restoration of relations between communities in southern Serbia and Macedonia (Serbs, Macedonians, Albanians, and Romanians) through the organization of a series of educational seminars to be held in Nis, Vranje, and Vranjska Banja (Serbia) and Prilep and Tetovo (Macedonia). Attendants are to include 60-80 journalists, young political party activists, and NGO members drawn from these communities, each seeking to understand the causes and consequences of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. Seminar content will stress the historical background of the 1991-1999 conflicts, as well as the theoretical foundations of transitional justice, individual versus collective guilt, etc. Essentially, the project seeks to stimulate debate and dialogue amongst the various ethnic groups in southern Serbia and Macedonia to avoid the repetition of past atrocities. CCI organized similar initiatives in previous years however this is the first involving Macedonian participants. 19. Democratic Transitions Initiative A Road to Europe $38,880 Working amidst a context of fervent nationalism and political apathy, the BTD-funded ‗A Road to Europe‘ project supports the production of a 5-episode documentary series, offering its viewers a comparative study of the issues crucial to the political/socio- economic transitions now ongoing in the countries of Southeastern Europe. The televised series will lay special emphasis on Serbia, providing a comprehensive overview of its present course toward Europe, taking care to indicate the level of progress which was made along the course of its transition. By providing a single platform in which the voices of experts, citizens, and representatives of political parties and governing structure can be heard in tandem, the problems which face the region, as well as the means by which to solve them, may be uncovered. Each series will be presented in an attention- grabbing manner so as to bring the subject of EU-accession closer to the citizens of Southeastern Europe. By sparking citizen interest in the subject, the project ultimately provides fodder for a regional consensus on the subject of EU-integration and the need for reform. 20. Economic Policy Institute Networking of Young Public Servants from Southeastern Europe toward European Integration $24,236 This project seeks to sustain a program aimed at intensifying contacts between, and the administrative and professional capacity of, Southeastern Europe‘s young public administrative representatives in preparation of the region‘s future accession into the EU. Since 2000, EPI has been actively involved in this process through its contribution to the establishment and maintenance of contacts among young public leaders of the SEE region. The present project develops the notion of sustaining achieved results while also extending project outreach and content. This is to be achieved via the implementation of two interrelated activities: first, the organization of the 6th Annual Summer Seminar ―Preparation for EU Accession‖ 2005, to be followed by the holding of a second series of small-scale professional meetings on European integration issues to sustain a network of young public servants. 21. FAMA International Ten Years after Dayton $25,000 FAMA International is a multimedia group based in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. Active since the outbreak of war in the former Yugoslavia, the organization advocates the tenants of justice, respect for human rights, and democratic principles. This BTD-funded project distributes 500 educational packages to official and independent educational institutions and libraries in Serbia in support of efforts aimed at establishing an honest interpretation of the region‘s recent history leading up to and following the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords in November of 1995. To maximize the utility of these documents, FAMA will hold a public ‗Multimedia History Class‘ in Belgrade, Serbia. With this project, FAMA ultimately aims to stimulate Serbian citizen‘s will to participate in the search for truth and reconciliation, thereby creating a nation-wide consensus on the matter of transitional justice and war crimes accountability. 22. For the Earth EBRD AGM - Opportunity for Balkan NGOs $15,723 This BTD-funded project supports a network of NGOs (Stability Pact Watch) in the region that are monitoring the Balkan Stability Pact and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development activities. For the Earth and Stability Pact Watch advocate for transparency and public participation in the decision-making processes surrounding Balkan reconstruction and infrastructure initiatives. 23. Forum for Ethnic Relations 2006 ASN Conference on Globalization €25,000 The Forum for Ethnic Relations (FER) is a Serbian NGO that organizes academic research and training programs in cooperation with governments working towards the democratization of post-Communist societies. This BTD-funded project supports the participation of 40 young researchers from Southeastern Europe in the three-day conference on Globalization, Nationalism, and Ethnic Conflict in the Balkans and its Regional Context scheduled to take place in Belgrade, Serbia. The conference will serve as a stage for the aforementioned researchers to present their work to the relevant international experts. Conference content will stress both the theoretical and methodological framework for research and understanding of globalization, nationalism, ethnic conflict, and a variety of related phenomena of a national, regional, and global scale. By drawing together researchers from across Southeastern Europe, the project aims to promote their inclusion within the wider debate now ongoing between academics and experts across the globe. 24. Free Minds Association Way to Europe – Youth Bridges for a Common Future $25,000 Founded in 1999, the Free Minds Association is a Romanian NGO working to stimulate democratic participation and interethnic cooperation amongst young people throughout the region. The BTD-supported ‗Way to Europe‘ project aims to stimulate dynamic youth-driven exchanges along the border of Serbia and Romania. Cross-border projects have diminished in recent years due to restrictions on freedom of movement triggered by Romania‘s EU accession requirements. The project is a sequel of 2004‘s ‗Youth and Regionalization‘ project which sought to create greater ties among the youths of Hungary and Romania. The present project will center on five 2-day seminars consisting of conferences, lectures, presentations, and specialized trainings. Seminar content will stress the path to Euroatlantic integration and bilateral cooperation between Serbia and Romania. By reestablishing cross-border cooperation among youths, the project promotes greater intercultural dialogue and understanding. 25. Grantmakers East Group (GEG) Grantmaking in Central Eastern Europe/Newly Independent States $10,000 Since its founding in 1992, the Grantmakers East Group (GEG) has grown into a vibrant grantmaking network bringing transatlantic, private and public donors together in the pursuit of a joint grantmaking strategy towards Central and Eastern Europe. In recent years, the organization has focused on Southeastern Europe and the Newly Independent States. By providing donors with a platform upon which to increase the effectiveness of their grantmaking efforts, GEG aims to promote the development of the region‘s civil sector. The BTD-funded project supports a concrete manifestation of the Transatlantic Civil Society Dialogue launched by the U.S. State Department and the European Commission in 1997. The project—which provides for one meeting hosting GEG‘s 180 donors as well as several other conferences of a smaller nature—fosters U.S. and EU private and public cooperation to promote civil society development throughout the region. 26. Humanitarian Law Center Monitoring Regional War Crimes Trials $57,924 The Monitoring Regional War Crimes Trials project aims to strengthen the rule of law and provide public education in relation to war crimes accountability efforts in the western Balkans. The HLC, together with its regional partners, will monitor and report on all war crimes trials in Serbia and Montenegro, as well as selected trials in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This process will encourage the courts to ensure that the rights of the defense are properly upheld. By way of press conferences and the issuance of press releases, the trial monitoring team will inform the general public about war crimes and accountability efforts in an unbiased, impartial manner. At project completion, the HLC and its regional partners will compile war crimes trials analyses to be made available to all relevant stakeholders. Finally, the HLC will hold three roundtables, one in each target country, for the presentation of findings and recommendations to representatives of the judiciary, thereby strengthening the Rule of Law across the region and supporting an atmosphere conducive to the long-term process of reconciliation. 27. InfoBus (Three Grants to Municipal Public Libraries: Goce Delcev, Macedonia; V.B. Strunjo, Montenegro; Vuk Karadzic, Serbia) Mobile Information and Communications Centers (MICC) $56,340 The Mobile Information and Communications Centers (MICC) project, known as InfoBus, is a multimedia mobile classroom, roaming Internet café and lending library that reaches out to disadvantaged communities, empowering rural residents across Southeastern Europe. 98% of library costs are financed by local self-government budgets. The three BTD grants compliment what the Open Society information project created by funding the expansion of the project, including public meetings with local public authorities targeting rural populations that would not otherwise have access to local public institutions. Particular attention is to be drawn to increasing the active participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in local public policy-making. 28. Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) Empowering Civil Society through Advocacy $38,318 This six-month pilot project is aimed at increasing the capacity of civil society organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia to effectively represent civic interests through transferring advocacy know-how from Bulgaria. The broader goal of the project is to strengthen democracy by introducing advocacy as an instrument of establishing and reproducing civil solidarity, defending public, civic interests within a network of legitimate relationships between citizens and institutions of public authority. 29. Institute of International Politics and Economics A Regional Response to the Visa Liberalization Issue $25,000 Freedom of movement remains an issue of pressing importance in the Balkans, a fact which has been reiterated not only by the region‘s various national governments, but most recently by the International Commission on the Balkans. In an effort to address this issue, the Institute of International Politics and Economics promotes a regional stance toward visa liberalization. This BTD-funded project supports the creation of a sustainable network of professionals, experts, government employees, NGO activists, politicians, and media which will work to exert pressure on the relevant institutions to expedite the process of visa liberalization. On the basis of the Institute‘s research, actors from across the region will formulate and implement a regionally-applicable visa system, with integrated border control and management. Through its research and accompanying network, the project promotes regional cooperation and facilitates future EU integration. 30. International and Security Affairs Center Intensifying Regional Cooperation Series €24,319 The International and Security Affairs Center (ISAC) is the successor of the Defense and Security Studies Center and is a Serbian think tank promoting Serbian accession into Euroatlantic structures through the publication and dissemination of policy studies, research, and specialist education. The BTD-supported project envisions a three-day Balkan seminar focusing on European security and defense policy. Тhe conference brings together public servants from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Defense, and Internal Affairs, as well as parliamentarians, scholars, civic activists, and members of the media from each of the Dayton Triangle countries. The goal of the conference is to raise the quality of pro-Europe rhetoric by training project participants to assume active roles in the EU and NATO accession debate. 31. KosovaLive News Agency Albanian-Serb Information Exchange Forum $25,000 Since 2000, the KosovaLive Agency has been the main local provider of daily news in Kosovo, focusing on grassroots issues of local consequence. The Agency is an indigenous nonprofit, nongovernmental organization and produces its broadcasts in both English and Albanian. The BTD-supported project fosters civic dialogue among Albanian Kosovars and the Serbian minority by opening channels of communication between the two groups. The BTD grant supports the second phase of the Exchange Forum, within which citizens, members of the media, and political party representatives engage in substantive dialogue with individuals from the ―other‖ side. The project provides for an Internet Forum, as well as news service dissemination in three languages, the conduction of opinion polls, and two press conferences. In light of the onset of final status negotiations, the facilitation of uncensored exchanges between those communities at the center of the crisis (i.e. Albanian and Serbian) takes on new importance. 32. Media Center Nis A View Over the Other Side $5,645 This BTD grant supports the production of six half-hour episodes depicting the daily lives of Serbian and Kosovar Albanian youths and families on either side of the administrative border. The episodes will highlight not only the physical and geographical proximity of these individuals, but also their similar hopes and struggles. By providing honest portrayals of life along the Serbia-Kosovo border, the project implicitly seeks to launch a multi-ethnic dialogue on the topic of Serb-Albanian identity and ethnic reconciliation. The series will be broadcast by local and regional media in SE Serbia (namely, Nis, Presevo, Bujanovac, Leskovac, Novi Pazar, and Krusevac), as well as Kosovo (RT V 21 Pristina). 33. Media Education Center The Fallen Pride and Prejudice II $19,695 Media Education Center (MEC) serves as a meeting point for activists engaging in scientific and professional research into the influence and application of media as a tool for investigative journalism. This BTD-funded project supports the second phase of the Fallen Pride and Prejudice project, aiming to overcome misconceptions regarding the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) among young people in the Dayton Triangle countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia and Montenegro). As did its predecessor project, this initiative envisions the production of a youth-led documentary, tracing students‘ experiences in The Hague and with Tribunal officials. Following a series of workshops teaching students about digital equipment for filming and recording sound, web design, etc., participants will partake in a five-day stay in The Hague, the Netherlands, where they will record their visits to the Tribunal and interviews with relevant officials. Upon their return, students will edit the material into thee short films and one TV documentary. The project serves to generate an accurate public debate throughout the former Yugoslavia on the topic of transitional justice and the process of reconciliation. 34. Mother Theresa Society Civic Dialogue Small Grants Fund €62,800 In 2002, the Mother Theresa Society joined forces with the Center for Regionalism (Novi Sad, Serbia), and the OSCE Mission to Kosovo to launch the project Civic Dialogue. Civic Dialogue is a non-partisan, multi-ethnic initiative of over 250 nongovernmental organizations from Serbia and Kosovo working toward the reconstruction of trust and the normalization of relations in the region. The BTD grant supports a small grants fund financing exceptional, multi-ethnic programs involving a minimum of two partner organizations from Kosovo and Serbia or differing ethnic groups within Kosovo. 35. NGO Association Clubture Phase 1: reload €42,000 Established in 2002, NGO Association Clubture seeks to strengthen youth and cultural civil society throughout the former Yugoslavia. The BTD-funded ‗Phase 1- reLoad‘ project aims to facilitate regional collaboration by creating the preconditions and context upon which to map the possibilities and obstacles confronting a regional NGO network. Over a span of ten months, the Association will implement eight collaborative programs to be held in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, and Serbia and Montenegro. Program content will stress contemporary Balkan culture through exhibitions, video projections, roundtables and public discussions, concerts, theory and education, dance, and more. Programs are managed at the hands of at least 30 partner organizations, each of which will be incorporated within a future Balkan NGO network. By organizing inclusive, multiethnic cultural events led by civic activists from throughout the Balkans, the project seeks to enhance future regional collaboration and addresses past animosity. 36. Prishtina Regional Enterprise Agency Regional Economic Cooperation €20,437 Prishtina Regional Enterprise Agency (Prishtina REA) provides business advisory and training services for small and medium-sized enterprises, entrepreneurs, and local and central level governmental institutions in Kosovo. The agency also promotes local economic development throughout the Pristina region. Local Advisory Boards have been established in seven municipalities including Pristina, Obiliq, Fushe, Kosova, Drenas, Lypjan, Shtima, and Podujeva. The Boards are composed of representatives of municipalities, civil society, the business community, women and youth groups, and the international community. By involving a range of actors drawn from the local, regional and national arenas, the project aims to develop local-regional-national partnerships. In this manner, the project fosters regional economic cooperation between municipalities, chambers of commerce, government officials, and business associations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Serbia and Montenegro, including Kosovo. 37. ProConcept Rethinking the Way NGOs Do Business: Session 2 €12,500 Founded in May 2004 as an offshoot of the Center for Free Elections and Democracy (CeSID), ProConcept is an intermediary support organization working to build the capacities of local NGOs and nonprofits in Serbia. A BTD grant supports the establishment of a Southeastern European NGO forum, within which best practices and sustainable strategies may be shared. The forum will serve as a conduit of sustainability, whereby indigenous civic organizations may learn to be increasingly self-sufficient in both organizational and financial terms. The project provides for a conference, during which NGO leaders will learn of business plan writing, effective communication strategies, and the importance of social capital. The conference will also serve as stage upon which civic activists may share innovative ideas and proven best practices with the larger NGO community. In the aftermath of the project, ProConcept will maintain contacts with select conference participants to evaluate their implementation of best practices and progress made in the realm of income-generating activities. 38. Project on Ethnic Relations (PER) and the Regional Center for Central, East and Southeastern Europe in Romania Serbs in the Twenty-First Century $50,000 Through a series of three roundtable discussions, this project supports policy-oriented dialogue among a wide array of actors including: senior leaders of each of Serbia‘s political parties; leaders of Serb communities residing in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Hungary and Kosovo; senior government representatives of countries bordering Serbia; foreign diplomats; and Serbia‘s most influential intellectuals. The dialogues are to focus on issues pertaining to Serbian identity, national minority-majority relations, the political participation of minority groups in Serbia, relations between Belgrade and Serbs outside of Serbia, Serbia‘s future aspirations, and Serbia‘s place within Southeastern Europe. The project ultimately aims to produce a minimum consensus on the aforementioned issues, upon which a foundation of joint policy recommendations for the government of Serbia may be formed. In this manner, the project works to facilitate Serbia‘s advancement toward potential integration within the European Union. PER has been conducting similar projects in the region since 1991. 39. Refugee Return Service Jubilee: The First Ten Years of the Dayton Agreement $25,000 The ―Jubilee‖ project supports the democratic consolidation of the signatories of the Dayton Agreement and their efforts to seek justice, reconciliation and lasting peace throughout the region. Refugee Return Services, in consultations with key stakeholders, will produce a documentary film on the successes and failures in the implementation of Annexes 6 and 7 of the Dayton Agreement (pertaining to human rights and refugees and displaced persons), as well as on the priorities for the future. The documentary will be broadcast on national/local TV stations in each of the Dayton Triangle countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia and Montenegro) to trigger wide-reaching public debate and exert pressure on governments to renew their focus on refugees/returnees. 40. STINA News Agency Media Network for Supporting Post-Conflict Communication $20,000 STINA is a Croatian-based media house working to overcome the region‘s past conflicts and to stimulate further post-war cooperation among Croatia and her neighbors. The first phase of the project allows for the production of a series of educational seminars for journalists from each of the Dayton Triangle countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia and Montenegro). Seminars are to focus on the promotion of cooperation and understanding, reconciliation, and the return of refugees. The second phase concerns the production of joint media content. Through a total of 32 electronic bulletins and radio broadcasts documenting the life-stories of citizens from each of the Dayton Triangle countries, the wider public will be educated as to importance of cross-border collaboration and reconciliation. 41. TRANSFUSE w/Transparency International Macedonia Fourth International TRANSFUSE Conference $20,000 This project aims to ease the transition of Balkan countries along their paths toward future EU membership. Bringing together young politicians from across the Balkans, the BTD-funded conference works to foster cooperative, democratic partnerships on both internal and external fronts (i.e. within the Balkans and with its European and Transatlantic partners). Day one of the conference is dedicated to a presentation by members of the ‗International Commission of the Balkans.‘ Speakers will discuss the commission‘s findings as documented in The Balkans in Europe’s Future, and its implications for international policy. The second day is dedicated to ‗the art of politics‖ on the national and European level, as well as the question of legitimacy in light of recent transfers of power from national parliaments to EU institutions. 42. Youth Initiatives for Human Rights – Kosovo Look on the Other Side $59,980 Founded in 2003 in response to a climate of denial and widespread human rights violations, Youth Initiatives for Human Rights (YIHR) believes that value of human life lies at the foundation of every open and prosperous society. Building on the successes of the BTD-funded YIHR (Serbia) ‗Visiting‘ project, YIHR (Kosovo) will facilitate cross- border exchanges between young people from Kosovo and Serbia in an attempt to establish mutual respect and understanding. A total of 30 youths and young professionals from Kosovo and Serbia will travel for 2-3 days to the territory inhabited by ‗the other.‘ During their stay, participants will meet with leading professionals in their field of interest and partake in field visits to the cultural and political sites of their preference (museum, theater, media houses, etc.). Throughout the project, young people will be asked to examine their attitudes and prejudices prior to visiting the ‗other side,‘ and reflect on their experiences upon their return. They will also be asked to maintain a journal throughout the duration of their visit, later to be published in YIHR‘s monthly publication ‗Rez.‘ In addition to the aforementioned series of Serbia-Kosovo exchanges, the project will organize a one-day youth festival to take place on the streets of Prizren (Kosovo). The event will include theater, multiethnic DJ performances, multimedia installations, and displays of ethnic arts, crafts, foods, etc. ‗Look on the Other Side‘ project participants will be encouraged to participate in the event by manning their own project stall in partnership with partners from the ‗other‘ side. In this manner, the project fosters greater understanding between the peoples of Serbia and Kosovo, thereby laying the foundation for a peaceful and prosperous coexistence. FY 2007 1. Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) Balkan Insight Training and Publishing $75,000 With over 15 years of professional experience including journalist training and investigative reporting, the BIRN network has come to be synonymous with quality, reliability, and impartiality. With its interconnected cadre of journalists, BIRN will train investigative teams of Balkan journalists to analytically report on the key processes of transition and European integration. Two types of activities are thus envisioned: the capacity building of cross-regional teams of specialist investigative journalists able to enhance regional information exchange regarding the common challenges and opportunities faced on the road to EU integration, and the publication of its weekly online news outlet, Balkan Insight, which is mailed to 15,000 regular local, regional, and international subscribers. In so doing, the project will allow BIRN to better advocate for EU integration processes in the Balkans, while simultaneously strengthening its own internal capacities in the pursuit of greater sustainability. 2. Center for Nonviolent Resistance Towards the Inclusive Society €43,500 As the negotiations of the final status of Kosovo draw to a close, indigenous efforts seeking to encourage multiethnic co-existence are of paramount importance. The Center for Nonviolent Resistance proposes to do precisely this in the divided communities of Southern Serbia and Kosovo. The project‘s two chief components— a policy paper assessing the needs of minority communities and direct Serb-Albanian dialogue —will provide a basis for productive multiethnic cooperation. First, an assessment study will be conducted in Southern Serbia examining the possibilities for greater integration of the Albanian minority in mainstream processes, political and otherwise. Second, the Center proposes to target the Serbian community in Kosovo, in the hopes of facilitating their integration within Kosovar society during and after final status talks. The needs of the Serbian community will be addressed through open discussions, trainings and seminars to support further capacity building of the vulnerable group. 3. Group 484 Strengthening Cross-Border Cooperation in the Western Balkans €50,000 A non-governmental organization, Group 484 works to empower forced migrants (refugees, internally displaced persons, and asylum-seekers) with the knowledge and know-how with which to protect their rights. In an effort to encourage greater cross border cooperation in the field of migration, Group 484 will produce a policy study examining the migratory processes at work in the region, the results of which will be disseminated to policy makers throughout the Balkans. The proposed study will be conducted by a regional team consisting of NGO activists, independent researchers, and government employees. This cross-sectoral team will conduct individual country studies concentrating on the implementation of European and international human rights standards in migration management. Once completed, the study will be presented during a regional migration conference, incorporating key stakeholders from throughout the region. During this time, the merits of the studies will be discussed, as well as the means for greater regional cooperation. Finally, conference results will be included within the publication ―Regional Migration Policy Research,‖ which will again be disseminated to policy makers throughout the Balkans and in European Union. 4. Syndicate for International Society Matters (Civic Dialogue) Civic Dialogue $50,000 Founded in 2003, Civic Dialogue is a syndicate of over 250 civic organizations promoting greater interaction and reconciliation within Kosovo and Serbia. In lieu of productive official dialogue between these territories, Civic Dialogue aims to sustain a grassroots NGO movement serving as a discussion forum for concrete issues facing citizens in their everyday lives. The project includes a comprehensive series of interlinked activities (conferences and working meetings) aimed at engaging young people from all backgrounds in Kosovo and Serbia in joint analysis and action on their common problems and futures. Project activities include the organization of a number of conferences and working meetings. 5. Youth Initiative for Human Rights Dealing with the Past 2006 €35,000 Now in its third year of operation, Youth Initiative‘s heralded Dealing with the Past project supports the realization of transitional justice through the promotion of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the building of capacities of local domestic war crimes courts, and the inclusion of youth in the process of dealing with the past. The project centers on a promotional campaign of the ICTY and an amendment to war crime legislation allowing for greater transparency of war crimes prosecutions. Taken together, the project‘s activities support growing awareness of the need for transitional justice, and the place for youth activism within the process.