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Civil Society for Good Governance and Anti-Corruption in Southeast Europe: Capacity Building for Evidence-Based Advocacy, Policy Impact and Citizen Engagement (SELDI.net)

About the project

 

Civil Society for Good Governance and Anti-Corruption in Southeast Europe: Capacity Building for Evidence-Based Advocacy, Policy Impact and Citizen Engagement (SELDI.net)

 

This project has been prepared by the SELDI Network on the basis of findings of the external evaluation of the current SELDI phase for the period 2018-2020 and the Report from the Result Oriented Monitoring (ROM) mission carried out in 2021. It presents a consolidation and upgrade of the previous SELDI efforts and activities in the Western Balkans. Moreover, in the first months of 2022 SELDI.net held several regional meetings and design-thinking workshops where regional and EU policy makers, the members of SELDI and other regional networks discussed lessons learnt and horizon scanning in terms of what could CSOs do next on political and judicial corruption and the further democratization of the Western Balkan countries. SELDI held exchange of views and consultative meetings with RAI, RCC, and bilateral donors to the Western Balkans (SIDA, USAID, Norway Grants) and stayed on top of global anti-corruption developments through discussions at UNCAC’s Ninth Session of the Conference of the State of Parties and the US-led Summit for Democracy’s CSO anti-corruption group. In line with evaluation findings, the Steering Committee decided to decrease the number of co-applicant consortium members (to one organisation per country) for this call but strengthen grassroots and citizens engagement, capacity building and mentoring. Respectively, SELDI welcomed new co-applicants from Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99) and Montenegro, who specialise specifically in anti-corruption and the grassroots, thus increasing the SELDI community.

Objective of the Action is in line with the Call requirements and SELDI strategy: “Strengthen participatory democracy and the EU approximation process through consolidating and enhancing the impact of civil society engagement in the policy making and reform processes in the Western Balkan region in the area of anti-corruption, the rule of law and good governance”. These will be realized through the achievement of the:

 

  1. Strengthened CSO’s capacities and engagement opportunities for enhanced regional cooperation, at national and grassroots level, in anti-corruption policy and decision making;
  2. Encouraged and mobilized citizens’ engagement and grassroots activism to peacefully pressure governments for continued anti-corruption reforms;
  3. Established professional working dialogue with policy makers at national, regional, and EU level. Achieved policy reforms and societal innovation in the area of anti-corruption through evidence-based advocacy, policy engagement and awareness raising;
  4. Improved outreach by enhanced use of social media;
  5. Identified and leveraged tipping points for tackling common challenges in the field of anti-corruption prevention and prosecution by calling leaders and institutions to account and monitoring corruption victimization and state capture vulnerabilities;
  6. Intensified regional CSOs cooperation, dialogue and synergies across thematic networks for achieving a more holistic impact on political and judicial corruption in the region.

Publications in the framework of the project

Events in the framework of the project

Workshop: Increasing the role of civil society in the fight against corruption

ACER held a workshop on December 4th 2023 where the findings of Corruption Monitoring System, a methodology designed and implemented in the framework of the SELDI project, were presented. In 2023, the seventh round of the Corruption Monitoring System in Southeast Europe was conducted. SELDI’s partner, the Albanian Center for Economic Research (ACER) undertook a […]

Workshop: State Owned Enterprises Governance Issues in Albania

ACER held a workshop on Friday 29 September about Current Problems in the Governance of SOEs. The workshop is held on the framework of the project: “Improving Governance Transparency in the Public Sector in Albania” and brought together representatives from state-owned enterprises (SOEs), civil society organisations, independent experts, etc. During this activity, views and experiences […]

Roundtable: Increasing the oversight role of the Parliament in corruption proofing.

ACER, in cooperation with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), held a roundtable discussion on 11.07.2023 about Increasing the oversight role of the Parliament in corruption proofing.   The roundtable was held in the framework of the project: “Increased government accountability through a more responsive parliament”, which is funded by British Embassy in Tirana. The table […]

Workshop: Promoting Cooperation Between Civil Society Actors in the Western Balkans

The Albanian Center for Economic Research in cooperation with two other actors of civil society in the Western Balkans: KARYEJA (Pančevo, Serbia) and COHU (Kosovo) completed the project “Promotion to civil society regional actions in the Western Balkans”. The main topics of the survey were adapted from similar surveys on corruption at the local level […]

R2G4P Summer School: Follow the Money: Tracking Illicit Financial Flows and Countering of Sanctions’ Evasion Schemes

Regional Good Governance Public-Private Partnership Platform (R2G4P) project, where ACER is a local partner, organised the summer school: “Follow the Money: Tracking Illicit Financial Flows and Countering of Sanctions’ Evasion Schemes” in Belgrade on the 29th of May 2023. The event presented good practices and promoted: Risk assessment and prevention of corruption, political patronage and […]

Seldi Celebrates Earth Day by Highlighting the Link Between Corruption and Environmental Degradation 

On April 22, 2023 SELDI joins the global community in celebrating Earth Day and raising awareness about the importance of protecting our planet. Governments, businesses, and individuals are urged to invest in a better future for the globe in accordance with this year’s theme, “Invest in our planet.” It is an appeal for immediate action [...]

Increasing the Role of Civil Society in the Fight against Corruption, Workshop, July 2021

On July 29, 2021, ACER in cooperation with IDM Albania within the SELDI Project through the online platform Zoom, organized the Workshop on "Increasing the Role of Civil Society in the Fight against Corruption." Invited to this workshop were civil society actors , the public sector and various institutions in the field of good governance [...]

Anticorruption Reforms in the Western Balkans: Looking Back at the Next Decade, Webinar, April 2021

SELDI’s annual anti-corruption forum, held on 8 April 2021, discussed the anti-corruption agenda of the Western Balkans for the next decade. During the event, the SELDI initiative presented its latest Regional Anticorruption Report, which provides a bi-annual multifactor assessment of the corruption vulnerabilities and anti-corruption capacity of the region. SELDI’s Regional Anti-corruption Report presents the civil society’s […]

Hidden Economy in the Western Balkans, Webinar, 20 November 2020

Webinar “Hidden Economy in the Western Balkans: Challenges and Lessons for Economic Recovery and Convergence” organized by SELDI, was held on 20 November 2020 According to SELDI’s Hidden Employment Index between 2016 and 2019, hidden employment has increased in five out of the six Western Balkans countries. Serbia is the only country which shows a […]

State Capture: Bridging the Gap between Diagnostics and Practical Solutions in the Western Balkans, Webinar, 20230

On 30 October 2020, SELDI held the webinar “State Capture: Bridging the Gap between Diagnostics and Practical Solutions in the Western Balkans”. In 2020, the SELDI anti-corruption initiative piloted a comprehensive methodology for monitoring and exposing state capture vulnerabilities in the Western Balkans – the State Capture Assessment Diagnostics (SCAD) tool. The pilot SCAD data on the […]

Good Governance and Anti-Corruption in Albania and in SEE: 2016 Monitoring Results and the Way Forward

On 12 May 2016 SELDI’s partners, the Albanian Centre for Economic Research (ACER) and House of Europe, in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Democracy, Sofia presented the results of the SELDI Corruption Monitoring System in Albania 2016, in a policy conference, dedicated to the issue of anticorruption and good governance in South-Eastern Europe. […]

Roundtable: Presentation of the Albanian Corruption Assessment Report

On 24 October 2014 the Albanian Center for Economic Research (ACER) in collaboration with the House of Europe (HoE), organized a round-table to present the Albanian Corruption Assessment Report, prepared under the SLEDI project and to further validate the findings and recommendations of this report. The discussion focused on the main findings of the Albanian Corruption Assessment [...]