About RRPP


The RRPP is aimed at fostering and promoting social science research in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). Social science research aids in the understanding of the specific needs for reform and in identifying the long-term implications of potential policy choices. Researchers receive support through research grants, methodological and thematic trainings, as well as opportunities for regional and international exchange and networking. The RRPP is coordinated and operated by the Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (IICEE) at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). The programme is fully funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

What did we achieve so far?


Throughout the 2008-2013 period, under the umbrella topic “Political, Social and Economic Change in the Western Balkans”, we have supported 50 research projects (26 regional and 24 national) valuing 3.7 million CHF. These RRPP research projects deal with topics relevant to transformation in political sciences, sociology, social work, cultural and gender studies, economies and other relevant fields.

In addition to these projects, a total of 18 regional trainings have been organised and conducted by international specialists for research methods and management, gathering a total of 306 participants. In order to improve capacity building impact and research quality, we have financed individual mentoring sessions and participation at international conferences for research teams supported by the RRPP.

By 2013, a total of five annual scientific conferences have been organised, involving 533 regional and international scholars. Aside from the benefits gained via networking, such conferences provide researchers an opportunity to present their work, exposing it to critical review.

Furthermore, the RRPP initiated several projects related to “National Policy Dialogues” in all countries involved with its objective. These focused projects are aimed at influencing necessary systemic changes in social science research, simultaneously involving a number of relevant stakeholders such as ministers/ministries, rectors, deans and researchers from different disciplines representing a range of ages.

During 2012, support was granted to an additional pilot project entitled, “Data Centre Western Balkans”. It is currently coordinated by the University of Zurich. This project aims to assemble survey data relevant to social sciences in the Western Balkans, leading to easy and open access to said data. After the initial phase, should it be deemed successful, the project’s ownership shall be transferred to the region.

Finally, during the 2008-2011 period, the RRPP fully supported the “Regional Gender and Women’s Studies Network Project”, gathering scholars interested in regional gender studies. The project was implemented by the Euro-Balkan Institute in Skopje, Macedonia.
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RRPP Joint Volume

The RRPP is proud to present the volume Stagnation and Drift in the Western Balkans.
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New RRPP Flyer 2014

Please click here to download the current RRPP flyer.

11.07.2014

Research results of the project "Gender Pay Gap in the Western Balkan Countries: Evidence from Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia" are now available online.
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11.07.2014

Now online: Research results of the RRPP-funded Project “Making Work Pay in Western Balkan Countries: the Case of Serbia and Macedonia”. Two research papers, two country reports as well as a policy brief in English, Serbian and Macedonian are now ready to be viewed and downloaded.
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10.07.2014

Roundtable “The Strategy for Research, Artistic and Development Activities 2013-2016" focusing on the work of the research institutes of the University of Prishtina was organized on June 27 in Kosovo.
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24.06.2014

Dear Applicants to the Call 2013, the decisions have been taken and we are now sending out decision letters. Due to a huge number of applications, it takes us a bit longer than expected. We should be able to complete the process by the end of next week. Thank you very much for your understanding.
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18.06.2014

Call for Applications: RRPP Training on "Research-led teaching" in Tirana, Albania, 18-19 September 2014. Deadline for submissions: 20 July 2014.
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11.06.2014

The edited volume "Europe, Here and There: Analysis of Europeanization Discourse in the Western Balkans Media" is now online ready to be downloaded.
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11.06.2014

Call for Expression of Interest: RRPP Young Researchers Club in Albania. This initiative enables young researchers to engange in a vital dialogue with policy makers in a more informal setting.
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11.06.2014

The RRPP Local Coordination Unit (LCU) has launched a Call for Applications: Experts on Research in Social Sciences in Albania.
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11.06.2014

RRPP research paper: "Analyzing factors influencing intergovernmental grants distribution in Western Balkans – the case of Albania and Macedonia" is now online and ready to be downloaded.
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21.05.2014

Round table "Young Researchers – Current Status and Perspectives" organised by the RRPP Local Coordination Unit will be held on 30 May in Belgrade and will focus on the current status and perspectives of young researchers in the field of social sciences in Serbia. Deadline for registration: 26 May 2014.
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14.05.2014

Analitika selected as the new LCU in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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16.04.2014

The Policy Paper "Europeanization by Rule of Law Implementation in the Western Balkans" is the result of the RRPP-funded project and aims to provide policy recommendations for the assessment of rule of law implementation in Western Balkan countries aspiring to the EU membership.
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16.04.2014

The book "Europeanization by Rule of Law Implementation in the Western Balkans" edited by Marko Kmezic is the final result of the RRPP-funded research project. It examines the reality and types of influence that EU institutions have on the implementation of the rule of law in the Western Balkans.
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10.04.2014

RRPP Conference “Migration and Policy Developments in Bosnia-Herzegovina” was held in Sarajevo on 23 March 2014 and served to promote the research results of the RRPP-funded project “Migration and Women Empowerment in the Western Balkans”.
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09.04.2014

New RRPP Flyer 2014 is now available online.
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01.04.2014

Thank you very much for your overwhelming interest and a great number of applications following the RRPP Call for regional projects. We are now in the process of sorting them. Please note, those who have applied with more than one project are kindly requested to contact us at rrpp@unifr.notexisting@nodomain.comch. Similarly, those who had submitted an application and have not received a confirmation email by Thursday 12.00pm shall contact us as well.
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13.03.2014

As the deadline for RRPP Call for regional research projects 2014-2016 is approaching, the presentations in local languages used during the Open Day in the region are now available online.
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13.03.2014

A new web site www.remittances-wb.com with all relevant research information on migrants’ remittances in the Western Balkans has been developed by one of the RRPP project leaders.
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13.03.2014

Regional RRPP Workshop “Migration and Development in the Western Balkans” in Elbasan, Albania, aimed at promoting the relevant focus group findings related to the role of migration and its impact on women empowerment in the Western Balkan countries.
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06.03.2014

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s television station, BHT1, aired on 28 October 2013 a documentary entitled “POTENCIJAL” on problems and potentials in science and research in BiH.
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27.02.2014

The Study on "Transnational Networks, Transnational Entrepreneurship and the Role of the State: the Cases of Serbia and Albania" is now online. This is the first study to conduct an empirical investigation of the relationship between migration and development in Serbia and Albania.
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27.02.2014

The Open Day in Macedonia gathered around 65 interested participants who could learn more about the ongoing RRPP Call for regional research projects, technical details of the application process as well as the role, main goals and achievements of the RRPP.
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26.02.2014

The research results of the RRPP-funded project "Migration and its Impacts from the Perspective of the Economic Development of the Home Country: with Special Reference to Kosova" are now available online.
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26.02.2014

Attended by more than 40 interested participants, the RRPP Open Day in Belgrade provided details on the new RRPP Call for regional research projects 2014-2016 and addressed the role and key achievements of the RRPP in the region.
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26.02.2014

The RRPP Open Day in Prishtina, Kosovo, gathered over 50 participants who could get familiar with the RRPP Call for Regional Research Projects 2014-2016 and the role and main goals of the RRPP in supporting the research community in the Western Balkans.
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26.02.2014

Some 80 participants attended the RRPP Open Day in Tirana, Albania, organized to provide detailed information on the ongoing RRPP Call for Applications for Research Projects 2014-2016.
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20.02.2014

The Open Day on the RRPP Call for Regional Research Projects in Macedonia is approaching. When: February 26, 2014, 2.00-4.00pm; where: GEM Club (Old Skopje Bazaar), Skopje.
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12.02.2014

The RRPP is organizing Open Days on the current Call for Regional Research Projects available to anyone interested in the RRPP and its work.
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05.02.2014

Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) selected as Local Coordination Unit of the Regional Research Promotion Program (RRPP) in Albania.
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04.02.2014

Call for Institutional Partnership RRPP Local Coordination Unit (LCU) Bosnia and Herzegovina, April 2014 – September 2016 is now open. Deadline for applications: March 04, 2014.
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31.01.2014

Research Results Summary of the RRPP Funded Project: "Migration and Development in Albania and Macedonia: The Effects of Remittances on Education and Health of Family Members Left Behind" is now online.
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31.01.2014

Research Results Summary of the RRPP Funded Project "The Impact of Migration on Women Empowerment in Western Balkan Countries" is now online.
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31.01.2014

Four country-specific policy briefs on international media assistance in Western Balkans (Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) are now online.
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10.01.2014

New section: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) has been added to the relevant documents of the RRPP Call for regional research projects 2014-2016 to facilitate the application process.
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09.01.2014

Working Paper Series on Media Assistance in the Western Balkans are now online.
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04.01.2014

Call for Papers: "Post-Crisis Recovery in South Eastern Europe: Policy Challenges for Social and Economic Inclusion" at London School of Economics. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20 January 2014.
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04.01.2014

Call for Papers for the volume "A Life for Tomorrow - Social Transformations in South-East Europe". The deadline for submissions is January 20th, 2014.
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19.12.2013

The RRPP Management in Fribourg, Switzerland, is launching a Call for regional research project proposals. The deadline is 31 March 2014.
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19.12.2013

Conference on "Research and Development in Kosovo in the Light of the EU Integration Perspective: Quoi vadis?" was held on 3 December 2013 in Prishtina, Kosovo.
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29.11.2013

The RRPP Reading List is now online.
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28.11.2013

Promotional Event “Development of Functional Media Institutions in Western Balkans - A Comparative Study” held on 07 November 2013 in Skopje.
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28.11.2013

Conference on "Developmental Effects of Remittances in the Western Balkans" held on 4 November 2013 in Skopje.
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28.11.2013

Book Promotion: Informality in Eastern Europe: Structures, Political Cultures and Social Practices.
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22.11.2013

Call for Institutional Partnership RRPP Local Coordination Unit (LCU) Albania, February 2014 – September 2016.
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09.11.2013

On Nov. 7-8, RRPP and the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) jointly held a conference on Good Governance in Zagreb.
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08.11.2013

Training on "Writing Effective Policy Papers to Influence Decision-Making” held on 25- 26 October 2013 in Prishtina, Kosovo
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07.11.2013

Book Promotion: Media between Freedom and Dependence: Media and Political Elites in Context of Refugees and IDPs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
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07.11.2013

Workshop on "Remittances from BiH Diaspora: Influences on Poverty, Inequality and Employment" held on 22 October 2013 in Sarajevo.
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17.10.2013

Policy Brief on “Ethnic Tensions, Institutional and Economic Performance in Bosnia and Herzegovina: What are [not] the Causal Links?” now available online.
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17.10.2013

Conference on “Making Work Pay in Western Balkan Countries: The Case of Serbia and Macedonia” held on 05 September 2013 in Belgrade.
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16.10.2013

Conference on "Lost in Transition- Citizens’ Engagement with Transitional Changes in Western Balkan Societies" held in Skopje on 6-7 July 2013.
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16.10.2013

Policy Dialogue in Kosovo: Three Problem-Specific Policy Briefs Published.
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16.10.2013

International Conference on “20 Years of Media Assistance in Western Balkans” held in Sarajevo on 27 September 2013
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26.09.2013

Research results of the RRPP funded research project "Migration and Development in Albania and Macedonia: The Effects of Remittances on Education and Health of Family Members Left Behind" are now available online.
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25.09.2013

Newsletter on "Migration and Development in Albania and Macedonia: the Effects of Remittances on Education and Health of Family Members Left Behind" now online.
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19.9.2013

Research Report on "Linking Rural Entrepreneurs and Diaspora in Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina" now available online.
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03.09.2013

Book Promotion: "Information in Minority Languages in the Western Balkans: Freedom, Access, Marginalization"
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11.07.2013

Roundtable on "National Minority Media" held in Novi Sad.
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11.07.2013

Training on "Writing Effective Policy Papers" held in Durres, Albania on 20-22 June 2013.
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11.07.2013

Policy Brief Promotion Meeting held on June 19th at the Media Centar in Belgrade.
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