• Think tanks in policymaking

    Challenges and impact in Southeast Europe

    Policymaking in the Western Balkans (WB) is characterised by weak and unsystematic involvement of the civil society organisations (CSOs). On the other hand, necessity for evidence-based policymaking in the countries across Southeast Europe is greater than ever, considering the trends of democratic regression and growing manipulation of information in this region.

    Think tanks and policy research institutes are supposed to play an impactful role in promoting transparency, inclusiveness and objectivity in policymaking, however their space for manoeuvre is hindered by numerous challenges, including uncertain funding opportunities and hostile political environment. This final conference of the Project “Raising capacities and advocacy potential: Towards more substantive involvement of CSO of Visegrad group and WB countries”, financed with the support of International Visegrad Fund, will address these issues in light of publication of 2017 Go To Think Tank Index Report.

    Our panellists will be representatives of CSOs from the Visegrad Group countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) and the Western Balkans, as well as representatives of state institutions.

    More about this event can be found here.

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