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27.04.2017

SEEDSbase: Access RRPP data from a secure environment

RRPP data are now gathered in a secure environment in order to make them usable by a large scientific community for the long-term. All projects from the RRPP are registered and described at the study-level. The safeguarding of the data was one of the most important achievements of the project and is guaranteed with SEEDSbase for years to come.

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26.03.2017

Centre of Excellence on Policymaking Systems in the Western Balkans (CEPS WeB) created


The mission of the CEPS WeB is to promote the use of research as the basis for policy- and decision-making in the Western Balkans by providing evidence-based and high-quality contributions to advance the existing policy processes. It will support regional policy dialogue by focusing on best practices and fostering healthy competition between these six countries.

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26.03.2017

Results of the project “The Impact of the Socio-Economic Structure of Rural Population on the Success of Rural Development Policy”


The project provides evidence-based understanding of the farmers’ behaviour and their interpersonal relation with other farmers. The research results show that there is a lack of skills and knowledge that needs to be addressed by training and a lessons learned campaign.

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26.03.2017

Completion of the project “The Impact of Fiscal Decentralisation on Local Economic Development in Serbia and Montenegro”


This research was based on the analysis of fiscal decentralisation, intergovernmental fiscal governance and systems of local government financing in Serbia and Montenegro over the last 15 years. Research results have been published in a book Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Government Financing in Serbia and Montenegro.

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25.03.2017

Research results of the project "Care for the Carers: Policy Analysis of Informal Care Provision in Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina" published


The results of the RRPP-funded research project Care for the Carers: Policy Analysis of Informal Care Provision in Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have recently been published. The objective of the project was to analyse the informal long-term care system focusing on informal carers, as well as policy advocacy efforts in Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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25.03.2017

Research project “Forecasting the Size and Effects of Emigration and Remittances in Four Western-Balkan Countries” has ended


Economic Research and Policy Institute Finance Think Skopje in cooperation with ACSER Albania and FREN Serbia used newly created Delphi questionnaire to forecast the size and effects of remittances and emigration in four countries from the region. The results suggest that remittances in the projected five-year period will increase in Macedonia and Serbia, and drop in Albania and Kosovo.

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25.03.2017

Research results of the project “Migration as Social Protection: Analysis of Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian Remittance-receiving Households” now available online


This RRPP-funded research examines how remittances affect various facets of household vulnerability in Macedonia, Albania and Serbia, large recipients of such transfers. The project resulted in a change of rules on how to determine the income levels and the entitlement to social assistance.

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25.03.2017

Policy brief on the project “The Dynamics of Women’s Inclusion in Socio-Economic Life – the Cases of Albania and Macedonia” published


The research examined the impact of women’s individual and intra-household characteristics on the decision to participate in the labour market using the Generalised Method of Moments (GMM) probit. The results confirmed the negative impact of the economic crisis on women’s labour participation.

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25.03.2017

Research Network on Decentralisation and Subnational Governance in Southeast Europe established


The goal of the network is to bring together researchers on decentralisation from SEE for closer cooperation, as well as internal and external networking. It gathers prominent researchers and scholars on decentralisation and subnational governance from the region working for top public and private academic institutions and research centres in their respective countries.

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24.07.2017

Conference on the "Challenges of Social Science Research at Western Balkan Universities" has ended


The goal of the conference was to examine the problems and identify potential solutions to bridge the obvious gap at universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the rest of the region between the working conditions for researchers on the one hand, and the formal requirements for the conferment of academic titles on the other. Participants agreed that special attention should be paid to the creation of centres of excellence, especially with the aim of supporting young researchers.

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24.03.2017

Resources and Outputs of the project Engendering Forced Migration, Socio-Political Transition and Mental Health in BiH, Serbia, and Kosovo


The project Engendering Forced Migration, Socio-Political Transition and Mental Health in BiH, Serbia, and Kosovo, has come to an end. The list of all outputs and resources prepared during the project is now available online.

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21.03.2017

The event on "The Future of Research Impact: New Technologies for Better Promotion and Cooperation", held in Sarajevo


Professor Andy Miah, Chair in Science Communication & Future Media at the School of Environment & Life Sciences, presented a strategic approach to social media and other web-based tools in research promotion and development. Video from the event is now available online.

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20.03.2017

Research results of the project "From Inclusive Identities to Inclusive Societies" available online


The RRPP-funded research project From Inclusive Identities to Inclusive Societies has recently come to an end. For this project, a complex research design intended to deeply explore antecedents and consequences of social identity inclusiveness in a large sample of young people from four Western Balkan countries: Serbia, Kosovo*, Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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20.03.2017

Training on “Writing Competitive Proposals for EU funded Projects” held in Prishtina


RRPP Local Coordination Unit in Kosovo in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Kosovo (MEST) organised a training on Writing Competitive Proposals for EU funded Projects on 9 and 10 March 2017, in Prishtina, Kosovo. The goal of the training was to enhance the participants’ skills and knowledge on how to design competitive projects within the scope of the EU calls.

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16.03.2017

RRPP Conference "Challenges and Opportunities for Scientific Research Funding in Macedonia" held


On 16 February 2017 the Foundation Open Society Macedonia (FOSM) organised the closing conference Challenges and Opportunities for Scientific Research Funding in the Republic of Macedonia within the RRPP National Policy Dialogue. The conference gathered around 100 participants, including scientific staff from public and private higher education and science institutions, representatives of university management, non-governmental research organisations, individual researchers, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, and the media.

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22.02.2017

Conference: Challenges of Social Science Research at Western Balkan Universities, Banja Luka, 07.03.2017


The Regional Research Promotion Programme (RRPP) Local Coordination Unit for Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with the University of Banja Luka is organising a conference titled Challenges of Social Science Research at Western Balkan Universities. The conference will be held at the Rectorate of the University of Banja Luka, on 07 March 2017, starting from 09:00.

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09.02.2017

Closing Conference "Challenges and Opportunities for Scientific Research Funding in the Republic of Macedonia" to be organised on 16 February 2017 in Skopje


Within the RRPP National Policy Dialogue activities in Macedonia, the Foundation Open Society Macedonia will organise a closing conference titled Challenges and Opportunities for Scientific Research Funding in the Republic of Macedonia. The conference will be held at the Hotel Holiday Inn in Skopje, on 16 February 2017, starting from 12:00.

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01.02.2017

Research results on “Courts as Policy-Makers?: Examining the Role of Constitutional Courts as Agents of Change in the Western Balkans”, published


The results of the RRPP-funded research project Courts as Policy-Makers?: Examining the Role of Constitutional Courts as Agents of Change in the Western Balkans have recently been published. The project examines the contribution of constitutional courts to democratic transition in five successor states of the former Yugoslavia: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia.

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30.01.2017

RRPP Volume „Diversity of Migration in South-East Europe“


The RRPP is proud to present the volume Diversity of Migration in South-East Europe. The volume raise issues related to this emergent field of research from very different vantage points and are to be understood in the context of the dynamic and interdependent developments sketched above. The interdisciplinary nature of the volume is intended as a way to take into account the complexity of the issue. The volume was edited by Mirjam Zbinden, Janine Dahinden and Adnan Efendić and has been published at Peter Lang International Academic Publishers as Vol. 16 of the series Interdisciplinary Studies on Central and Eastern Europe.

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26.01.2017

The Future of Research Impact: New Technologies for Better Promotion and Cooperation


Local Coordination Unit of the Regional Research Promotion Programme (RRPP) for Bosnia and Herzegovina is organising a seminar/workshop followed by a discussion about The Future of Research Impact: New Technologies for Better Promotion and Cooperation. The event will be organised within the National Policy Dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina, at hotel Bristol Sarajevo, on 09.02.2017.

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26.01.2017

Research Results on "Mapping Clientelism and its Causes in Kosovo and Albania" Available Online


Centre for Political Courage from Kosovo and Development Solutions Associates from Albania conducted a research titled Mapping Clientelism and its Causes: Rents, Rent-Seeking and Democracy in Kosovo and Albania (1997-2013). The research was funded by the RRPP, and the results, published in the form of policy briefs, are now available online.

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30.12.2016

Research brief "Social Capital, Migration, Ethnic Diversity and Economic Performance: a Multidisciplinary Evidence from South-East Europe" available online


The brief has been published within the RRPP-funded project Social Capital and Migration – Evidence from a Post-conflict Environment. The research identifies common and specific determinants of social capital, as well as similarities and differences between periods of crisis and normality.

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30.12.2016

Roundtables held with public universities on "Academic (Dis)honesty in Albania: Concerns About Plagiarism"


The purpose of these events was to present the main findings and recommendations deriving from the analysis undertaken by young researchers, as well as to promote constructive debate among researchers and university management structures. A total of 150 participants attended the events, including professors, students and university management representatives.

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The RRPP is proud to present the volume Diversity of Migration in South-East Europe.
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26.03.2017

Centre of Excellence on Policymaking Systems in the Western Balkans (CEPS WeB) has been created. The mission of the CEPS WeB is to promote the use of research as the basis for policy- and decision-making in the Western Balkans by providing evidence-based and high-quality contributions to advance the existing policy processes.
learn more

26.03.2017

The project The Impact of the Socio-Economic Structure of Rural Population on the Success of Rural Development Policy provides evidence-based understanding of the farmers’ behaviour and their interpersonal relation with other farmers. The research results show that there is a lack of skills and knowledge that needs to be addressed by training and a lessons learned campaign.
learn more

26.03.2017

The research project The Impact of Fiscal Decentralisationon Local Economic Development in Serbia and Montenegro analysed and evaluated financial flows between central and local governments, and assessed the impact of the existing fiscal decentralisation model on the local economic development in both countries. The results are available online.
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25.03.2017

Research results of the project Care for the Carers: Policy Analysis of Informal Care Provision in Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been published recently. The objective of the project was to analyse the informal long-term care system focusing on informal carers, as well as policy advocacy efforts in Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
learn more

25.03.2017

Economic Research and Policy Institute Finance Think Skopje in cooperation with ACSER Albania and FREN Serbia used newly created Delphi questionnaire to forecast the size and effects of remittances and emigration in four regional countries. The results suggest that remittances in the projected five-year period will increase in Macedonia and Serbia, and drop in Albania and Kosovo.
learn more

25.03.2017

Research results of the project Migration as Social Protection: Analysis of Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian Remittance-receiving Households are now available online. The research examines how remittances affect various facets of household vulnerability in Macedonia, Albania and Serbia, large recipients of such transfers.
learn more

25.03.2017

Policy brief on the project The Dynamics of Women’s Inclusion in Socio-Economic Life – the Cases of Albania and Macedonia have been published recently. The results confirmed the negative impact of the economic crisis on women’s labour participation.
learn more

25.03.2017

Research Network on Decentralisation and Subnational Governance in Southeast Europe established. The goal of the network is to bring together researchers on decentralisation from SEE for closer cooperation, as well as internal and external networking.
learn more

24.03.2017

The conference on the Challenges of Social Science Research at Western Balkan Universities has ended. The goal of the conference was to examine the problems and identify potential solutions to bridge the obvious gap at universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the rest of the region between the working conditions for researchers on the one hand, and the formal requirements for the conferment of academic titles on the other.
learn more

24.03.2017

The project Engendering Forced Migration, Socio-Political Transition and Mental Health in BiH, Serbia, and Kosovo, has come to an end. The list of all outputs and resources prepared during the project is now available online.
learn more

RRPP Local Coordination Unit in Bosnia and Herzegovina organized an event about The Future of Research Impact: New Technologies for Better Promotion and Cooperation. Professor Andy Miah presented a strategic approach to social media and other web-based tools in research promotion and development. Video from the event is now available online.
learn more

20.03.2017

The RRPP-funded research project From Inclusive Identities to Inclusive Societies has recently come to an end. A complex research design intended to explore antecedents and consequences of social identity inclusiveness in a sample of young people from Serbia, Kosovo*, Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
learn more

20.03.2017

RRPP Local Coordination Unit in Kosovo in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Kosovo (MEST) organised a training on Writing Competitive Proposals for EU funded Projects in Prishtina. The goal of the training was to enhance the participants’ skills and knowledge on how to design competitive projects within the scope of the EU calls.
learn more

16.03.2017

On 16 February 2017 the Foundation Open Society Macedonia (FOSM) organised the closing conference Challenges and Opportunities for Scientific Research Funding in the Republic of Macedonia within the RRPP National Policy Dialogue. The aim of the conference was to promote the newly designed model for funding scientific research activity (SRA) in the Republic of Macedonia.
learn more

22.02.2017

The Regional Research Promotion Programme (RRPP) Local Coordination Unit for Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with the University of Banja Luka is organising a conference titled Challenges of Social Science Research at Western Balkan Universities. The conference will be held at the Rectorate of the University of Banja Luka, on 07 March 2017, starting from 09:00.
learn more

09.02.2017

Within the RRPP National Policy Dialogue activities in Macedonia, the Foundation Open Society Macedonia will organise a closing conference titled Challenges and Opportunities for Scientific Research Funding in the Republic of Macedonia.The conference will be held at the Hotel Holiday Inn in Skopje, on 16 February 2017, starting from 12:00.
learn more

01.02.2017

The results of the RRPP-funded research project Courts as Policy-Makers?: Examining the Role of Constitutional Courts as Agents of Change in the Western Balkans have recently been published. The project examines the contribution of constitutional courts to democratic transition in five successor states of the former Yugoslavia: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia.
learn more

26.01.2017

Local Coordination Unit of the RRPP for Bosnia and Herzegovina is organising a seminar/workshop followed by a discussion about The Future of Research Impact: New Technologies for Better Promotion and Cooperation. The event will be organised within the National Policy Dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina, at hotel Bristol Sarajevo, on 09.02.2017.
learn more


26.01.2016

Centre for Political Courage from Kosovo and Development Solutions Associates from Albania conducted a research titled Mapping Clientelism and its Causes: Rents, Rent-Seeking and Democracy in Kosovo and Albania (1997-2013). The research was funded by the RRPP, and the results, published in the form of policy briefs, are now available online.
learn more

30.12.2016

The research brief Social Capital, Migration, Ethnic Diversity and Economic Performance: a Multidisciplinary Evidence from South-East Europe has been published within the RRPP-funded project Social Capital and Migration – Evidence from a Post-conflict Environment. The research identifies common and specific determinants of social capital, as well as similarities and differences between periods of crisis and normality.
learn more

30.12.2016

Between May and December 2016, a series of roundtables on Ethics in Research has been organised at public universities around Albania. The purpose of these events was to present the main findings and recommendations deriving from the analysis undertaken by young researchers, as well as to promote constructive debate among researchers and university management structures.
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