For three decades, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom has been active in the countries of the Western Balkans, supporting them on their path to a united Europe. Out of its project office in Belgrade, the foundation coordinates its political and civil society work and consulting in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia. Together with domestic partners from politics and civil society, the foundation works specifically on the topics of human and civil rights, digital and open society, democracy and the rule of law, as well as on embracing European values and standards in the framework of the EU integration process.
LGBTIQ: Is Serbian society beginning to understand?
At the beginning of September, the “Pride Week”, organized by various Serbian LGBTIQ organizations, took place in Belgrade. It was the eleventh time that the community stood up for their rights on the streets of the Serbian capital. During the biggest demonstration so far, up to 15.000 people walked through Belgrade without any incidents, according to the organizers.
FNF supported short film “Istina” nominated for student Oscars
The short film “Istina”, which was supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, has been nominated for the 50th Student Academy Awards/Student Oscars®. The film tells the story of a photojournalist from Belgrade who is threatened by right-wing extremist thugs and flees to Germany with her daughter. For the young film team around director Tamara Denić and producer Christian Siée, this is a dream come true.
Smart Cities in Kosovo: Empirical Study on Citizens’ Preferences and Perspectives
In a follow-up study initiative aimed at bridging this chasm, the Western Balkans office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and UBO Consulting undertook a comprehensive study focusing on the citizens of Kosovo’s seven regions. Engaging with 1568 participants, including those of Albanian and Serb ethnicities and other ethnic minorities, the study sought to gauge the citizens’ familiarity, utilization, apprehensions, and future inclinations towards smart city services.
Smart Local Communites in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Follow up
The follow up study, the results of which we present below are the product of the research conducted in the period January - April 2023 and its main goal was to check how much, if at all, the development and application of solutions in the field of Smart City was influenced by the state of the pandemic and the crisis it brought with it, and whether two years after the first conducted research, interest in this topic increased.
In an area smaller than former West Germany, as many as six countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia and Serbia – are bundled together: the Western Balkans is the colourful mosaic in the courtyard of the European Union. Travellers are bound to experience for themselves how much still needs to be done to integrate the region in a united Europe.
“Russian Agents of Freedom” awarded European Prize
The Croatian documentary film “Russian Agents of Freedom” (“Ruski Agenti Slobode”), supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, recently received the European Award of the Croatian Journalists’ Association (HND). The film focuses on the struggle of Russian dissidents in a country dominated by war propaganda. Director Marko Stričević explains in an interview why the film is so necessary, especially in this day and age.
Analysis: “8 Challenges for Democracy in the Western Balkans”
At the Forum 2000 conference in 2022, the renowned political scientist Francis Fukuyama warned of the possibility of a serious crisis in the Western Balkans. This warning was taken seriously by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Forum 2000 and the Association for International Affairs (AMO). The joint study analyzes the current situation and the democratic challenges in this geopolitically important region and derives policy recommendations from it.