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21.09.2016.

Economic forum: “Migrants’ Money Matters for the Development of the Western Balkans”, 22 September 2016, Skopje, Macedonia


Finance Think – Economic Research & Policy Institute from Skopje is organizing the Economic forum on the “Migrants’ Money Matters for the Development of the Western Balkans”. The main objective is to present the results of the project research about the role of remittances in social protection in the Western Balkan countries, and to open up the discussion about policies that regulate the use of remittances and possibilities for their improvements.

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20.09.2016

Presentation "Introduction of a new approach to public policies: The use of knowledge from behavioral economics and psychology in creating better and target public policies" will be held on 29 September in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


The event is organized within the National Policy Dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The main objective is to present the latest trends, achievements and challenges in using insights from behavioral economics and psychology in the development of public policies. The presentation is intended for decision makers, public policy analysts and the experts in the field of behavioral economics and psychology in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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07.09.2015

7th RRPP Annual Conference took place on 2-3 September in Tirana, Albania


The RRPP Annual Conference in Tirana brought together over 100 young researchers from the region and beyond. Its leading topic was "Europe in Times of Crises" and related compelling challenges for the European Union and its neighborhood. Composed of two speeches, three panels, five scientific workshops and a research fair, the event constituted an opportunity to look back on the ten years of RRPP, its achievements and lessons learnt.

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04.09.2016

First debate within the RRPP National Policy Dialogue in Macedonia: Priorities for support of scientific and research projects: Where to focus?


The debate was centered around the question how the call for scientific research projects in Macedonia should be organized: based on curiosity driven topics or specifically pre-defined ones. The discussants pointed out that the research themes should be specifically defined taking into consideration that experts, decision makers, and the business community need also to be consulted for defining priorities.

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09.08.2016

Round table "Members of parliament – chosen by the people or by party leaders?" took place in Belgrade, Serbia


Organized within the RRPP project Balkan Electoral Comparative Study: Impact of Personal Vote on Internal Party Democracy, the event aimed at presenting the most relevant findings of a "Voter Study" conducted in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in Serbia (April 2016). The most gripping results reveal that the two thirds of Serbian citizens do not know the number of Members of Parliament (MPs) and express the lack of interest about politics. The low level of knowledge and interest enables politicians to act on their own and not be held accountable.

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09.08.2016

Albanian edition of the book "The Figure of the Enemy" was promoted in Tirana, Albania


The book "Figura e armikut" was published as a part of the RRPP-funded project Figuring out the Enemy: Re-imagining Serbian-Albanian Relations and had its promotion at the Albanian Ministry of Culture. The book gathers 24 articles written by Serbian and Albanian scholars, aimed at questioning the common prejudices between the two nations. In the words of the editors and commentators, this is the most comprehensive account on Serbian-Albanian relations available in Albanian so far, and the one that brings the most welcome critical view of the previously held assumptions about the centennial hostility between the two nations.

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14.07.2016

Research Academy: "Introduction to Social Science Research Methods for Junior Researchers in the Western Balkans" was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


This first Research Academy in the region constituted an educational program that addressed the most relevant aspects of social science research methods and helped 35 junior researchers to improve their methodological, analytical, and writing skills. It was composed of eight one-day and highly interactive modules. The program was delivered by 13 trainers coming from both West-European and regional universities and research institutes.

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14.07.2016

Conference: "The way forward: The Role of the Academic Community and Research in Policy Development and Evidence-based Decision-making" was held in Prishtina, Kosovo


Organized by the Center for Political Courage (CPC) the event aimed at presenting the achievements of the RRPP National Policy Dialogue 2012 – 2016 in Kosovo. It served examining possibilities of how to mainstream the link between the relevant research results and the target policy-making process and to encourage a debate on the need of cooperation with Kosovar scholars working abroad. It was concluded that the development of credible and high quality research was the foundation upon which policy-making process should be built. Moreover, de-politicization of scientific research was a step towards an independent, innovative and socially responsible academic space.

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07.07.2016

Workshop on "Informality and Corruption in Kosovo: New Empirical Approaches" was held in Prishtina, Kosovo


This one-day event aimed at presenting the findings of the RRPP-funded project Mapping Clientelism and its Causes: Rents, Rent-seeking and Democracy in Kosovo and Albania (1998-2013). The project centered on two key research questions: is corruption detrimental to economic growth in Albania and Kosovo and, if so, can institutional reforms help reduce corruption? The results unequivocally showed that corruption had a net growth-reducing effect in Albania and Kosovo and thus offered valuable insights to better target anti-corruption efforts.

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20.06.2016

Conference "The Challenges and Opportunities for Employment of Marginalized Groups by Social Enterprises" will be organized on 24 June in Skopje, Macedonia


The event is organized within the RRPP-funded project The Challenges and Opportunities for Employment of Marginalized Groups by Social Enterprises and aims at presenting the research findings for Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo, while depicting the local and regional models and typology of social enterprises, the legal and institutional environment for social enterprises development and their potential to employ marginalized groups. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and a policy debate.

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07.06.2016

Round table on "Social identities of youth in Western Balkans: Relations and importance of ethnic, religious and national affection" was held in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina


The event was organized within the RRPP-funded project From inclusive identities to inclusive societies: exploring complex social identities in Western Balkans Youth and brought together around 65 participants. The findings demonstrated that in Bosnia and Herzegovina religious and ethnic identities were most meaningful even to the post-war population. The politicization of these identities still had psychological and social consequences, leading to the perception of other ethnic groups as the enemy in the political process. However, the youth is now to choose between traited patterns of ethnic and religious identification or more overarching collective identity.

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01.06.2016

Round Table "Out of Sight: Poverty, Rurality, Gender" was held in Belgrade


The round table aimed at discussing the research results of the RRPP-funded project Gender that Matters: Poverty and Social Inclusion – Social Protection Status in Rural Kosovo and Serbia carried out by the Centre for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy (CELAP) from Belgrade and the Centre for Communities Development (CRZ) from Kosovska Mitrovica. The main objective of this event was to bring together various actors involved in the process of creating and implementing social policies, and thus to enable discussion on the opportunities for the improvement of the current situation in the field of social protection. It was concluded that social protection system must be stable and durable, regardless of the political changes and economic turbulences.

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31.05.2016

Press release: A third of BiH citizens believe that democracy is not appropriate political system for Bosnia and Herzegovina


The press release has been issued within the RRPP-funded project Balkan Electoral Comparative Study: Impact of Personal Vote on Internal Party Democracy. It entails the preliminary results derived from the general population survey conducted by the BiH research team: A considerable number of respondents (23%) are not at all interested in politics, while 70% rarely or never follow political events in the country. Only 36% have a strong intent to vote in the upcoming elections. Around 30% of respondents believe that democracy is not the best type of regime for BiH.

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25.05.2016

Round table on "Reintegration of Young Asylum Seekers in the Albanian Education System" is held on 25 May in Tirana, Albania


The event is organized within the National Policy Dialogue in Albania and addresses the compelling need of re-integration of young returned asylum seekers in the education system. The debate centeres on the following questions: What are the upcoming initiatives and policies to enable and support a sustainable reintegration of returned asylum seekers, especially school children? Are these initiatives based on comprehensive processes? What are the potential challenges while preparing such initiatives and how to address them?

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21.09.2016

Finance Think – Economic Research & Policy Institute from Skopje is organizing the Economic forum: Migrants’ Money Matters for the Development of the Western Balkans, which will be held on 22 September 2016, in Skopje, Macedonia. The main objective is to present the results of the project research about the role of remittances in social protection in the Western Balkan countries, and to open up the discussion about policies that regulate the use of remittances and possibilities for their improvements.
learn more


20.09.2016

A presentation "Introduction of a new approach to public policies: The use of knowledge from behavioral economics and psychology in creating better and target public policies" will be held on 29 September in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The event is organized within the National Policy Dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The main objective is to present the latest trends, achievements and challenges in using insights from behavioral economics and psychology in the development of public policies.
learn more

07.09.2016

7th RRPP Annual Conference took place on 2-3 September in Tirana, Albania, and brought together over 100 young researchers from the region and beyond. Its leading topic was "Europe in Times of Crises" and related compelling challenges for the European Union and its neighborhood. Composed of two speeches, three panels, five scientific workshops and a research fair, the event constituted an opportunity to look back on the ten years of RRPP, its achievements and lessons learnt.
learn more

04.09.2016

First debate within the National Policy Dialogue in Macedonia: Priorities for support of scientific and research projects: Where to focus? took place in March 2016. It was centered around the question how the call for scientific research projects in the country should be organized: based on curiosity driven topics or specifically pre-defined ones. The discussants pointed out that the research themes should be specifically defined taking into consideration that experts, decision makers, and the business community need also to be consulted for defining priorities.
learn more

09.08.2016

Round table "Members of parliament – chosen by the people or by party leaders?" took place in Belgrade, Serbia. Organized within the RRPP project, the event aimed at presenting the most relevant findings of a "Voter Study" conducted in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in Serbia (April 2016). The most gripping results reveal that the two thirds of Serbian citizens do not know the number of Members of Parliament (MPs) and express the lack of interest about politics. The low level of knowledge and interest enables politicians to act on their own and not be held accountable.
learn more

09.08.2016

The book "Figura e armikut" was published as a part of the RRPP-funded project and had its promotion at the Albanian Ministry of Culture. The book gathers 24 articles written by Serbian and Albanian scholars, aimed at questioning the common prejudices between the two nations. In the words of the editors and commentators, this is the most comprehensive account on Serbian-Albanian relations available in Albanian so far, and the one that brings the most welcome critical view of the previously held assumptions about the centennial hostility between the two nations.
learn more

14.07.2016

Research Academy "Introduction to Social Science Research Methods for Junior Researchers in the Western Balkans" was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and addressed the most relevant aspects of social science research methods. It helped 35 junior researchers to improve their methodological, analytical, and writing skills. The programme was composed of eight one-day and highly interactive modules run by 13 trainers from both West-European and regional universities and research institutes.
learn more

14.07.2016

Conference "The way forward: The Role of the Academic Community and Research in Policy Development and Evidence-based Decision-making" was held in Prishtina and aimed at presenting the achievements of the RRPP National Policy Dialogue 2012 – 2016 in Kosovo. It was concluded that the development of credible and high quality research was the foundation upon which policy-making process should be built. Moreover, de-politicization of scientific research was a step towards an independent, innovative and socially responsible academic space.
learn more

07.07.2016

Workshop on "Informality and Corruption in Kosovo: New Empirical Approaches" was held in Prishtina, Kosovo and aimed at presenting the findings of the RRPP-funded project Mapping Clientelism and its Causes: Rents, Rent-seeking and Democracy in Kosovo and Albania (1998-2013). The results unequivocally showed that corruption had a net growth-reducing effect in Albania and Kosovo and thus offered valuable insights to better target anti-corruption efforts.
learn more

20.06.2016

Conference "The Challenges and Opportunities for Employment of Marginalized Groups by Social Enterprises" will be organized on 24 June in Skopje, Macedonia. The event is organized within the RRPP-funded project and aims at presenting the research findings for Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo, while depicting the local and regional models and typology of social enterprises, the legal and institutional environment for social enterprises development and their potential to employ marginalized groups. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and a policy debate.
learn more

07.06.2016

Round table on "Social identities of youth in Western Balkans: Relations and importance of ethnic, religious and national affection" was held in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina within the RRPP-funded project From inclusive identities to inclusive societies: exploring complex social identities in Western Balkans Youth and brought together around 65 participants. The findings demonstrated that in Bosnia and Herzegovina religious and ethnic identities were most meaningful even to the post-war population. The politicization of these identities still had psychological and social consequences, leading to the perception of other ethnic groups as the enemy in the political process.
learn more

01.06.2016

Round Table "Out of Sight: Poverty, Rurality, Gender" was held in Belgrade within the RRPP-funded project Gender that Matters: Poverty and Social Inclusion – Social Protection Status in Rural Kosovo and Serbia carried out by the Centre for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy (CELAP) from Belgrade and the Centre for Communities Development (CRZ) from Kosovska Mitrovica. The main objective of this event was to bring together various actors involved in the process of creating and implementing social policies, and thus to enable discussion on the opportunities for the improvement of the current situation in the field of social protection. It was concluded that social protection system must be stable and durable, regardless of the political changes and economic turbulences.
learn more

31.05.2016

Press release: A third of BiH citizens believe that democracy is not appropriate political system for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The document has been issued within the RRPP-funded project Balkan Electoral Comparative Study: Impact of Personal Vote on Internal Party Democracy. It entails the preliminary results derived from the general population survey conducted by the BiH research team: A considerable number of respondents (23%) are not at all interested in politics, while 70% rarely or never follow political events in the country. Only 36% have a strong intent to vote in the upcoming elections.
learn more

25.05.2016

Round table on "Reintegration of Young Asylum Seekers in the Albanian Education System" is held on 25 May in Tirana, Albania. The event is organized within the National Policy Dialogue in Albania and addresses the compelling need of re-integration of young returned asylum seekers in the education system. The debate centeres on the following questions: What are the upcoming initiatives and policies to enable and support a sustainable reintegration of returned asylum seekers, especially school children? Are these initiatives based on comprehensive processes? What are the potential challenges while preparing such initiatives and how to address them?
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