The Academy of Political Studies in Albania is a non-governmental organization founded in 2009, under the auspices of the Council of Europe, aiming to encourage the emergence of a new generation of young political and civic leaders dedicated to implementing best democratic models of governance and development. The APS is the responsible body for the organization of the Albanian School of Political Studies, thus it is part of a wider CoE network of schools of political studies established in 1992 with the view to train future generations of political, economic, social and cultural leaders in countries in transition. APS activities are comprised of training and capacity building, as well as contribution to democratic and reform processes in Albania.
The Antall József Knowledge Centre came into being in 2009 in the form of a foundation in cooperation with the Corvinus University of Budapest. The Knowledge Centre is an organization independent of parties, ideologies and current politics. Its primary objectives are to foster the Antall tradition and promote the spread of knowledge. Its main mission is to launch programs, which, beyond the theoretical education provided by universities, equip students with wide-ranging practical knowledge via conferences, lecture series, trainings and roundtable conversations. The profile of the Knowledge Centre is also characterized by research activities and publications in the field of political and social sciences.
atlatszo.hu Nonprofit Ltd. is a watchdog NGO and online newspaper for investigative journalism to promote transparency, accountability, and freedom of information in Hungary. Established in 2011, atlatszo.hu produces investigative reports, accepts information from whistleblowers, files freedom of information requests, and commences freedom of information lawsuits in cases where its requests are refused. Atlatszo.hu operates a Tor-based anonymous whistleblowing platform, a freedom of information request generator for the general public, a crowdsourced bribe tracker to report everyday corruption anonymously, and independent blogging platform for other NGOs and independent media, and an e-democracy site to discuss and vote on topics of public interest.
The Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence helps men and women engage in public affairs to obtain additional knowledge and mandatory skills primarily by multi-year capacity building programs. These programs are tailor-made to respond to the needs of their participants and the requirements of their roles in society. Simultaneously with local, national and regional seminars and trainings, the BFPE organizes numerous policy debates and roundtables, national and international conferences and highlight events, public advocacy activities and book launches.
The Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding is a legal entity founded by an act of Parliament. Its mission is to initiate and support projects undertaken in Poland and the Russian Federation and dedicated to improving dialogue and understanding between the two countries.
Centre is financially supporting the 2016 edition of the Visegrad School of Political Studies Meets Russia program which is titled “Empowering Civil Society”. Program aims at supporting civil society, combating stereotypes and strengthening ties between young social and political leaders from Europe and Russia. The program is a full scholarship initiative.
The Progressive Zentrum is an independent thinktank, founded in 2007 as a non-for profit initiative. In other countries thinktanks have long established a dynamic market for ideas and have become key players in public debates. Like all industrialised countries, Germany will need to find answers to the challenges triggered by the rapid socio-economic, cultural, technological and ecological transformations of the 21st century. Thus it can only benefit from a lively conglomerate of innovative institutions catering to the need for modernisation. The Progressive Zentrum aims to: pursue a political agenda that promotes progressive politics and reform in Germany; shape a new understanding of progress – a new progressive narrative for a modern dynamic society, a just economy and a modern state of the 21st century; analyse future problems and develop progressive, scientifically based solutions; link discussions in Germany to international debates through bringing together key actors from academia, the media, business and politics; provide a platform for an international exchange of ideas in particular for the next generation of progressive thinkers, researchers and policymakers.
The Prague Diplomatic Academy is the first of its kind in the new member-states of the European Union. It is an entirely private-owned institution, open to a wide field of prospective students. The education of diplomats in the narrow sense of the word is only one aspect of the Diplomatic academy’s mission. True to the wider understanding of diplomacy, it aims at professionalization and improvement of administration in general, state or private alike. The mission of the Diplomatic Academy is the grooming of individuals capable of confidently representing their institution in all circumstances offered and required by current, enlarged diplomacy.
East European School of Political Studies
East European School of Political Studies is the 16th in the Council of Europe’s network of Schools of Political Studies, which is aimed at training the next generation of political, economic, social and cultural leaders in countries in transition. The main goal of the school is to provide assistance in carrying out democratic transformations and to create the necessary conditions for Belarus to become a full member of the Council of Europe.
The Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation provides funds for Polish-German projects that are carried out by institutions from Poland or Germany with a partner from the other country and carries out its own projects. The main goal of the Foundation is the support of valuable Polish-German cooperation. The Foundation in particular supports partnerships between Polish and German institutions, educational projects that propagate knowledge of Poland and Germany and of the Polish and German languages, scientific cooperation, and artistic and literary projects. The Foundation is also an initiator and creator of projects, including study visits, scholarship programs, publications and debates. Both thanks to grants and the projects initiated by them the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation wishes to have an inspiring effect on Polish-German relations.
Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis”
The Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” Skopje is a Macedonian based think-tank organization that is non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit. It was established in 1999 by a group of intellectuals gathered around the idea of promoting democracy, solidarity and civil society. Long term objectives of the Institute are to work on balanced socio-economic development, active citizenship, and a participative political culture. The Institute focuses its activities around the rule of law, good governance, and multiethnic and multicultural coexistence. IDSCS work is primarily based on sociometric research and project-based activities. The Institute believes that human capital is a key precondition for positive social change, hence it eagerly undertakes capacity building projects based on skills and knowledge transfer.
The International Center for Democratic Transition (ICDT) is an international non-profit organization based in Budapest, Hungary which collects the experiences of recent democratic transitions and shares them with those who are determined to follow that same path. Within the general promotion of democracy, the ICDT has focused its efforts on creating concrete and pragmatic goals. Through collecting and analysing data, organizing and hosting conferences, drafting and presenting reports, and, perhaps most importantly, by running field-projects in many transition countries, the ICDT has been able to compile the collective and individual experiences of peoples from all around Europe.
National Endowment for Democracy
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,200 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. Since its founding in 1983, the Endowment has remained on the leading edge of democratic struggles everywhere, while evolving into a multifaceted institution that is a hub of activity, resources and intellectual exchange for activists, practitioners and scholars of democracy the world over.
The School of Democratic Leadership Civic Alliance enhances the monitoring of judicial bodies and public administration on national and municipal levels in Montenegro. Civic Alliance works on strengthening the interaction between citizens and public bodies, through active public advocacy and a constructive critical approach. Civic Alliance contributes to the establishment of vibrant civil society based upon the principles of Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law. It cooperates and networks with similar organizations from the region, given the common features of a once unified cultural space, burdened with similar transitional problems and with joint European perspective.
The Slovak Atlantic Commission is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that deals with international security and policy issues. The objective of the Slovak Atlantic Commission is to actively shape the security and international policy discourse in Europe and beyond by fostering dynamic involvement of the Slovak Republic and the Central European region in international affairs. The SAC is the main organizer of the GLOBSEC conference, the largest security conference in Central Europe.
Since its foundation in 2005, the Yerevan School of Political Studies has offered advanced political education to more than 300 young leaders. The program ensures a highly qualitative, stimulating and interactive educational environment for potential future leaders of Armenia. The Yerevan School of Political Studies is an institute with no party affiliation whose aim is to promote and disseminate democracy, human rights and the rule of law. In addition to implementing many programs, from its very start YSPS has been initiating numerous events aimed at expert and wider public dealing with various topics by organizing international and national conferences, regional and local seminars, lectures, round tables, debates, etc. YSPS carries out activities designed to directly involve citizens and their organizations in policy-making including schemes supporting the democratization process in Armenia.