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31st Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium
At the invitation of the Institute for Global Leadership, Dr. Maria Yordanova – the Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy’s Law program – participated in the 31st Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium on “Europe in Turmoil” which was held at Tufts University from February 18-21, 2016. more »
 
Roma integration across the Danube: Best practices and social entrepreneurship models exchange between Romania and Bulgaria
With the vast majority of Roma population in Europe (80%) living in the Danube region, a framework for cooperation, share of best practices and knowledge is fundamental in promoting efficient Roma integration policies in the region. While Roma inclusion actions have been supported in the last years through some European funds, the effects remain limited, at least in the south of Romania. more »
 
Efficiency of Public Investments in Roma Communities at a Municipal Level
Roma inclusion is of strategic importance, yet the topic continues to suffer from lack of analysed data and clearly identified results and tendencies that can form the basis of policies in this area. more »
 
Monitoring and Responding to Radicalisation Trends and Risks
The terrorist attacks in Paris from 2015 underscored the importance of a holistic policy approach to countering radicalisation that might lead to violence in Europe and beyond, and signaled the need for reassessment of the effectiveness of existing measures. more »
 
The problem of Domestic and Gender-Based Violence in the Context of Compliance with the Human Rights. Good Practices in Support of Victims of Violence in Norway
Domestic and gender-based violence are cross-cutting issues, the counteracting against which is outlined as a priority in the documents of various international organizations. Bulgaria is among those EU-member states that do not collect statistical data and there are no systematic and comprehensive studies of the scale and prevalence of these phenomena. more »
 
Enhancing the Efficiency of Public Investments in Roma Communities with the Participation of Representatives of Local Authorities in Stara Zagora
Roma inclusion is a strategically important area where public investments are increasing in importance. The new programme period (2014-2020) emphasizes the role of municipal authorities in promoting comprehensive and long-term public investments for development. more »
 
State Capture: Drivers, Outcomes and Measurement
The Center for the Study of Democracy, coordinator of the SELDI initiative and the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV)held a workshop: State Capture: Drivers, Outcomes and Measurement in Istanbul, Turkey, on 3-4 December 2015 with the support of the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Foundations. The workshop gathered leading European and US anti-corruption and good governance experts to refine the definition of state capture and identify potential ways to measure the phenomenon, including in particular sectors, such as energy, banking, telecommunications, etc. more »
 
International Seminar on the Problems of Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence
Although throughout the last decade the Bulgarian authorities have adopted a number of acts and subsidiary legislation, as well as improved the existing ones, related to domestic and gender-based violence (DGBV), the country still has a long way to go to bring its legislation and practices in full compliance with EU and Council of Europe standards. more »
 
Enhancing CSOs Advocacy Efforts for Countering Corruption in Critical Sectors in SEE: Leveraging the EU Accession Process and State of the Art Research
On 29-30 October 2015 the SELDI and ANTICORRP initiatives organized one and half day conference in Podgorica to discuss with local and regional stakeholders the best methods for transforming the existing cutting-edge anti-corruption and good governance research into efficient policy and advocacy tools. The participants focused on the role of the civil society in evaluating the impact of current anti-corruption measures and stressed on the need of stronger collaboration with the public institutions, the media, and the general public. more »
 
Socio-economic Effects of Public Investments for Roma Inclusion at a Municipal Level
Structural factors such as entrenched poverty, low education rates, low labour market participation and political non-participation lead to a wide spread exclusion of the Roma from all major spheres of live. This is combined and re-enforced with opinions that it isn’t worth it to invest in Roma communities as there are no results from those investments. To provide new data and insight on the social and economic effects of public investments in Roma communities research work was undertaken. more »
 

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