Projects

School green action for better future

 

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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.

Училишна Зелена Акција за Подобра Иднина – Проектен билтен


School Green Action for Better Future – Project Newsletter


Aksioni I gjelbërt shkollorë për një të ardhme më të mirë - Buletini i projrktit


Promotion of the School Green Action for Better Future project.


Information about this project can be also found at website of the Regional Environmental Center Office Macedonia and at the website of Nansen Dialogue Centre Skopje


Project manager: Ana Stojilovska (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

Synergies for Energy Awareness Change

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File-pdf-32Case study - Gas sector in Macedonia 


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.

 

With so many pressing political issues in the region there is the very really possibility that a critical opportunity to initiate the discussion on the sustainability of the regions energy needs and resources, share lessons learnt and explore future development possibilities may become another missed opportunity lost in the sea of daily politics.


Project Manager: Sonja Zuber (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Strengthening Intelligence Oversight in Transition States in an Era of Counter-Terrorism - Macedonia case study

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. 

 

File-pdf-32Strengthening Intelligence Oversight in the Western Balkans - Macedonia as a Case Study
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For more information please contact Mr. Andreja Bogdanovski at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Changing the habits – how to get to an energy efficient municipality

 

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

Promotion of the Handbook – Changing the habits – How to Get an Energy Efficient Municipality


Invitation


 

МЕНУВАЊЕ НА НАВИКИТЕ како до енергетски ефикасна општина - Прирачник


 

Këmbim i shprehive si deri te komuna me eikasitet energjetik – Doracak

 


For more information on the project, please contact:
Sonja Zuber (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Ana Stojilovska (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

Security Transitions in the Western Balkans - From Conflict Zone to Security Community?

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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.

Project Objectives: 

  • To develop a better understanding of the security transitions in the Western Balkans; the national as well as the regional dynamics.
  • To increase the research and institutional capacity of Western Balkans research institutions, support regional research cooperation and allow for establishment of research networks that would study regional developments and challenges in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia)
  • To assist the exchange of skills and knowledge between Western Balkans’ and Norwegian social scientists and thus narrow the gap between the state of social science research in the Western Balkans and Norway.
  • To contribute to better regional and national security policy and institutions through analytically and methodologically sound research findings.

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: 

  • Security policy change since 2000 – this track will examine how security policies in the Western Balkans states evolved since the end of the post-Yugoslav secession wars and ethnic conflicts.
  • Regional identity and national identity change – looking at political discourse and rhetoric of national political elites, this track will analyze did the construction of national identities, after 2000, give impetus to creation of regional identity
  • European enlargement and security policies – this track will investigate the external influence on Western Balkans’ regional dynamics, mostly focusing on EU’s and NATO policy instruments employed at national and regional level in the Western Balkans and how they provided input and impetus for transformation of antagonistic relationships into trust and cooperation.
  • Theory development and methodology – this research cluster aims to increase our understanding of security communities at the theoretical level.

The results of the research conducted during the research period of the project will be published in working papers, reports and a book, featuring national and regional perspectiveson each of topics treated by the research tracks, both in English and in the national languages of the partner organizations.

For more information please contact Mr. Andreja Bogdanovski at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TRAIN Programme

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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”.

Between the internal and external 'other': de-constructing Macedonian national identity

 

Project dates: February 2010 - June 2011 

From February 2010 Analytica is a partner in the Regional Research Promotion Program (RRPP) established with the aim to advance research in the social sciences in the Western Balkans countries Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. This partnership programme was created through a wide consultation process involving well‐respected researchers and research institutions from the region, Switzerland and other European countries.

Analytica is implementing a research project aiming to examine the dynamics of national identity (re)construction in Macedonia. As the name-dispute with neighbouring Greece intensified, discussions over the name, language and national identity (re)surfaced and all but dominate the public arena. This development requires input from the social sciences and invites researchers to contribute to a debate with wide policy and societal ramifications. Despite its popularity, national identity as a concept has not been approached from a social science perspective so far. Rather, scholars and politicians used it as a means to mobilise masses and rally support for political projects of different nature, leading to populist and nationalist politics. Macedonia's foreign policy is structured by a specific view of national identity, which has serious consequences for the country's political and economic development. The current dominant view of Macedonian national identity also affects domestic policy towards minorities, thus problematising the country's security and democracy. Therefore, looking into how the boundaries and identity markers of Macedonian national identity were forged vis-à-vis the internal (minorities) and external (neighbours) 'Other' will allow us a rare insight into the laboratory where knowledge, discourse and political power intertwine. The project will result with a study of the dynamics of construction and re-construction of Macedonian national identity in the last two decades, with an emphasis on the name-dispute with Greece and interethnic relations with Albanian minority.

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The state of the social science research in Macedonia. Conference held on the 14th of April 2011


 

Workshop in Blagoevgrad 9th of April

 
Project leader and contact: Ms Cvete Koneska (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Energy policy, EU and the Western Balkans: challenges of reforms and accession - Republic of Macedonia as a case study

Energy policy, EU and the Western Balkans: challenges of reforms and accession - Republic of Macedonia as a case study