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This program is about building capacity of civil society organizations that has a different approach that matches the needs of the organizations themselves.
Analytica Think Tank together with its partner Nansen Dialogue Center Skopje was awarded the project “School green action for better future”. The project is being financed by the Regional Environment Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) with support of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia. This awarded grant is part of the area of education for sustainable development and will be implemented in two primary schools – “Rajko Zinzifov” – Skopje and "Shemshevo"-Jegunovce. The goal of the project is to contribute to awareness raising among the pupils of I-V grade and to support acquiring eco-friendly habits with the overall aim of contributing to sustainable development and developing greater sensitivity towards the environment from youngest age. The project activities will include practical and field lectures about the environment and will include topics and activities from the Green Pack Junior, which is a specially designed tool for education on environmental issues for pupils of I-V grade.
South East Europe stands at a crossroad in terms of sustainable development, with enormous natural and human potential, but operations in the fields of energy production, consumption and efficiency in most cases lack efficiency. Already regional energy trading and large energy development projects have soaked up resources, expertise and political leadership, which might be better used to increase the efficiency of existing infrastructure, reduce the cost for citizens in terms of basic human energy needs, and do less damage to the environment. The economic solutions which are being offered are often large, financially risky projects, which are at best hugely expensive and have already been subject to scrutiny regarding damage not just to state budgets - but also damage to the environment and social fabric. All this is grossly impacting the potential for the region’s sustainability as indicated in their recent surveys by both NEF (http://neweconomics.org/projects/happy-planet-index) and the Global Footprint Network
(http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/world_footprint/), not to mention the looming challenges of climate change.
On the other side, probably the most problematic part of CSO activism in South East Europe is networking and cooperation on the issues of common concerns such as energy. It is sometimes stated “networks... don't work”, because a) CSO see each other as competitors to donor resources and they hesitate to cooperate, b) that donors have tended to focus on resourcing the networks as processes rather than supporting the delivery of products.
SEA Change Network (Synergy for Energy Awareness Change) is an alliance of media, NGOs and universities in the region, committed to discuss key energy issues, examine patterns, identify issues for common action, develop and engage in joint advocacy. The network aims at promoting regional perspectives and cross-border cooperation based on common interests and needs. One of the key findings of the initial network meetings was that while the CSOs all faced similar patterns of development challenges in their countries – often with the same network of 'actors' - their expertise were different but complimentary (technical expert, watch dog, environment protector, analyst, citizens participation) and that this complementarity would strengthen a regional advocacy campaign. Specifically one of the joint actions agreed upon was the regional energy advocacy campaign which would strengthen cross border cooperation & dialogue through a network based initiative aimed at advocating for shared objectives using independent analysis to creating culture of accountability amongst decision makers and funders regarding the sustainability of energy projects and policies.
Fortunately, the countries of SEE countries are uniquely positioned to learn from each other (e.g. Croatia is candidate country, Serbia potential candidate and Kosovo and Albania on EU path). Further the, former socialist countries, now members of EU, have substantial knowledge of transition and positive lessons of the shift from communist to the market oriented economies, which they could offer to their counterparts. In order to leverage the experience of new and 'old” EU member states, SEE Change Net has developed links with several prominent European Sustainable Development Institutions, including The Polish Sustainable Development Institute (Warsaw), The Institute for Environmental Systems Management (Amsterdam), The New Economic Foundation (London) and the Sustainable European Research Institute (Vienna) who will assist the network in transfer of knowledge.
The goal of the initiative is a first-step for the SEA Change network to contribute to improved awareness regarding sustainability of development within the energy sector in South East Europe, through regional cooperation amongst civil society actors.
Objective 1: network of various NGO's in the region with a variety of skills and knowledge related to energy to develop a base line on patterns of energy production, consumption and savings/efficiency in the context of EU accession and Sustainability
Objective 2: using the strengths and capacities of the network to develop a synergistic advocacy campaign to highlight energy challenges in the region.
In cooperation with the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) from Geneva, Analytica in 2011 will work on preparing a policy study that aims to provide a critical overview of the legal and institutional framework for intelligence and intelligence oversight. Moreover, it will look into whether the intelligence and the security services are governed in a way that promotes accountability, transparency and respect for the rule of law and human rights. This policy study is part of DCAF’s wider project aimed at strengthening the oversight of intelligence and security services in the Western Balkans.
|Strengthening Intelligence Oversight in the Western Balkans - Macedonia as a Case Study|
The Government of the Republic of Macedonia adopted a decision on the 7th of December 2010 for distributing funds from the budget for projects and activities of the civil society organisations. Analytica was one of the organisations which project was approved. The name of the project is: Changing the habits – how to get to an energy efficient municipality. The general objective is to contribute to the strengthening of the capacities of the municipalities in the decision-making and policy-making process, more specifically in the creation of policies in the energy sector. This objective goes in line with the objectives of Analytica for the development of democracy and the economic progress of the country. More details can be found on the following webpage: www.nvosorabotka.gov.mk
The last decade has seen a positive change in regional and national politics in the Western Balkans: from a conflict-ridden region threatening the wider European peace and security area, the Western Balkans has witnessed increasing regional cooperation and efforts at joining Euro-Atlantic institutions. Is this a sustainable trend? Are these transitions likely to continue? What are the drivers and obstacles for these processes?
Analytica together with the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), the Belgrade Center for Security Policy (BCSP) and five other think tanks from the Western Balkans will examine these strategic priorities, by studying how the processes of democracy- and institution- building and regional cooperation contribute to the region’s transformation from a conflict zone towards a security community.
Besides the research findings, an underlying objective of this project is to strengthen the research and institutional capacity of research institutions in the Western Balkans and assist Western Balkans researchers in joining the international social science trends and debates. Over the last decades they have only sporadically taken part in this interaction, due to wars, isolation, and the lack of attention and resources from the Western Balkans governments.
The research activities of the project will be implemented through four tracks of research:
Analytica is pleased to announce its participation in the TRAIN Programme (Think Tanks providing Research and Advice through Interaction and Networking) launched by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). The two researchers of Analytica, Agim Selami and Sonja Risteska, are going to work on writing a policy paper on “Regulatory Impact Assessment in Macedonia – an instrument for better regulation”.