A total of 21 public policy papers have been published in a joint Slovak Balkan Public Policy Fund (SBPPF) publication, prepared by BCSDN. Considering that the EU accession process is the key transformation and reform factor, the effort of the SBPPF Programme was focused on assisting both CSOs and individual young researchers in the development of concrete policy products that analyse considerably different but equally important topics related to public interest.
Through this second round of the SBPPF programme, 21 grantees (organizations and individuals) prepared quality policy outputs, revolving around two priority themes 1) Democracy and the rule of law and 2) Non-majority communities. Among the 21 policy papers, there are those that aim to open up state budget for citizens’ in Macedonia to understand how public money is being spent; improve possibilities of young Bosniacs who have studied at foreign universities and want to return to BiH and work in public administration; improve integration and well-being of families and victims and missing persons during 1999 conflict in Kosovo; improve transparency and citizen participation to urban development process in Serbia, push for implementation of environmental standards in Albania under the Aarhus Convention…
BCSDN, in cooperation with Pontis Foundation and support by Slovak Aid and the European Commission, has been administrating the SBPPF Programme with the aim to support civil society actors form the Western Balkans to develop their advocacy capacities and increase their engagement into the creation of public policy in regards to the EU integration process. The SBPPF has proved to be a successful support model for boosting the advocacy skills of civil society representatives, as the projects supported in both rounds have demonstrated tangible results from their policy work.
The joint SBPPF publication consists of three parts, available for download at the links below:
The whole publication is available here.