19 Mar 2021
Vitual event - Zoom*
This webinar will draw together insights from civil society actors from across the Western Balkans working on organized crime and corruption and identify good practices across the region. During the 90 minute discussion we will also explore how these organizations’ resilience can be strengthened and how CSOs themselves can contribute to strengthening resilience in their communities and across the region.
Welcome by Walter Kemp
Presentation of the report by Kristina Amerhauser
Insights from civil society:
Ivan Stefanovski, Eurothink, North Macedonia
Milan Stefanovic, Protecta, Serbia
Almira Music, Klub Masa Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Qenan Bardhaj, Syri i Vizionit, Kosovo
Reflections by Dunja Mijatovic, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe Q&A
Posted on 08 Mar 2021
The Western Balkans is a difficult environment for CSOs to work in, especially considering that the space for civil society and independent media in the region is shrinking. CSOs are subject to smear campaigns, pressure and even intimidation from a number of actors.
As the space for civil society appears to be shrinking in the Western Balkans, this report looks at organized crime and corruption in the region from a civil society perspective. It aims to give an overview of how civil society organizations in the Western Balkans deal with issues related to organized crime and corruption and highlights their main activities and concerns.
The GI-TOC’s experience of engaging with community actors all over the world has shown that individuals and community groups are able to build their individual and collective capacity to respond to and recover from organized crime. This report shows that courageous and committed CSOs across the Western Balkans are doing the same, but would benefit from further support to help strengthen communities’ resilience.
“Stronger Together: Bolstering resilience among civil society in the Western Balkans”, is an output of the GI-TOC’s Observatory of Illicit Economies in South Eastern Europe (SEE-Obs) and the GI-TOC’s Resilience Fund.