Democracy & Development

The Past in the Present

Court for the Acquittal of War Crimes

Serbia's accountability for war crimes committed on the territories of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and even Serbia, is not subject to public discussion. According to that narrative, Serbia did not take part in the wars. Serbia, as we are told, has only participated in defensive wars. It has always been on the right side. Why would anyone then question this narrative? Why would anyone, including the judiciary, deal with this?

By Dejan Kožul

Eastern Europe 1968: "We Continue Where Our Parents Have Stopped" (podcast)

A podcast by Jutta Schwengsbier following Heinrich Boell Foundation's European Historical Forum in May 2018.

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Transparent Politics

Kosovo Election: A Crisis "Déjà Vu"

The simplest explanation for the outcome of the vote held on 11 June would be to use the title of a popular feature film from former Yugoslavia: Već viđeno (“Déjà vu”). After this latest snap election, the situation is so complicated that there is already an opinion prevailing that no solution can be found and that these results can with certainty lead only to a new snap parliamentary election.

By Ismet Hajdari
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Gender Democracy & Human Rights

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Urban Development

Capetown: Politics of Crisis, Crisis of Politics

Almost every museum in Cape Town which in some way covers the period of apartheid includes among its exhibits a wooden bench with a variant of the sign “Whites Only” on it. This is no surprise, because these benches are a very vivid reminder of the brutal racial segregation which lasted in South Africa up to the mid-1990s. However, I was somewhat amazed that, in Cape Town today, there are almost no public benches, so that, if you want to sit down somewhere and have a rest in the city centre, you have to buy a coffee, a juice or a sandwich.

By Marko Aksentijević
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Publications

Inception plus Ten

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A decade ago, the elected representatives of the people of Kosovo gathered in an extraordinary session to declare the country independent and sovereign. One of the main arguments, which was continuously repeated throughout the process of resolving Kosovo’s political status, was that the country represented a unique case in world politics. What is the story of Kosovo’s statehood, ten years after independence? Starting from this very question, D4D has compiled this report that seeks to review the statehood with the help of hindsight. 

Narratives in the Balkans - In the Combat Zone #6

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Open confrontations in the post-Yugoslav wars gave the advocates of ethno-nationalist ideologies (and their users) plenty of experiences or "proof" which "confirmed" all previous fears and concerns: "they" (another ethnic collective) are "out to get us". The wartime period, as well as post-war years,  have been featured by spreading narratives which concretizes the abstract and empty ideology of ethnicity.

Materials of the V International Gender Workshop “Gender and (Military) Conflicts in Easter-European Countries through Feminist Lenses”

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On March 8-10, 2017 in Lviv, the V International Gender Workshop took place organized by Heinrich Boell Office in Ukraine in cooperation with hbs offices in Eastern European countries and the Caucasus. Researchers and activists from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Poland, Macedonia, Serbia, Czech Republic and Germany discussed military conflict situations in the region from the perspective of feminist critique. This publication collects texts created on the basis of some of the presentations from the event.  

Democracy & Development

Our political mission is reflected in the diverse types of support we provide to citizens to help them achieve their democratic aspirations, as well as in cooperation with numerous organizations and figures active in public life. Through various programmes, we strive to promote and cultivate the wide array of values that stem from democratic culture. For us, these values are human rights, democratic participation and action, peace policy, civic responsibility in facing the past and contemplating the future, European integration and values, and providing support to socially marginalized groups. Another key aspect of our work, intertwined in all our operations, is the promotion of gender democracy. We firmly believe that our democratic endeavors will assist in breathing life into these values and, together with our partners, spur the creation of sustainable development in its fullest sense.

Perspectives SEE - Still stuck in the past: How addressing Energy and Climate Change can advance development #5

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This issue of Perspectives is dedicated to climate change mitigation in the Western Balkans, because of both the global need to limit global warming but also because mitigating climate change, as the articles show, goes hand in hand with development both in terms of economic growth and in terms of health, wellbeing and societal development.
With this context in mind, the articles before you shed light upon some of the commonly overlooked aspects of it but also point to solutions which are good starting points for any future changes in how we think of energy, development, and public good more broadly.

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