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Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation;
This civil society monitoring report critically assesses policy developments relevant for the implementation of the Revised National Action Plan of the Decade of Roma Inclusion for 2011-2015 adopted by the Slovak Government in 2011 (Revised Action Plan) and the Strategy of the Slovak Republic for Integration of Roma until 2020 (NRIS) approved in January 2012. We focus on the monitoring period commencing with the adoption of the Revised Action Plan in August 2011 until March 2013. Where necessary, we have included policy development prior to the reporting period.The report is based on a data set and information gathered through desk research, information requests directed to the relevant agencies and interviews with public officials, including mayors, and NGOs. In addition, we have prepared case studies of five policies to assess the impact of key flagship policies on the ground: Individual integration in education, activation works, municipal firms, Roma health mediators and the programme of lower-standard housing. The cases studies draw on desk research complemented with qualitative empirical research in four localities in eastern and central Slovakia.The report finds that the implementation of NRIS and Revised Action Plan greatly suffered from administrative and personal changes brought by the early parliamentary elections in March 2012. Both documents were prepared by the previous administration. The incumbent high ranking officials including the newly appointed Government Plenipotentiary for Romani Communities (GPRC), Peter Pollák, have made no statements suggesting their solid support for these policies. We have seen, for instance, no palpable progress in ensuring sustainable budgetary commitments to the implementation of the Revised Action Plan and the NRIS. Instead, Pollák has introduced principles of the so-called "Roma Reform -- the Right Way" ("Rómska Reforma -- Správna Cesta"). The reform proposal that is in many ways discriminatory is based on the enforcement of a desired behaviour under the threat of sanctions. This principle is in a dire conflict with the NRIS.
Open Society Foundations;
The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project examines how these changes affect the core democratic service that any media system should provide: news about political, economic, and social affairs.There have been waves of change in the provision of news and information services in Slovakia in recent years. Digitization has been variously implicated as a cause, catalyst, or coincidence of such change. Some of the developments have been to the benefit of both consumers and citizens while others have come at a substantial cost to them. In this context, the most definable and singular event was the digital switch-over of television, completed in 2012.However, there remains an urgent need for reform in a number of areas. A renewed policy focus is warranted in order to meet the continuing and evolving challenges that digital media pose to the provision of accessible, sustainable, independent, diverse, and good-quality news.Media effectiveness and quality depend directly on the legislative environment, which is why this report calls on government and parliament to uphold the public interest and the rules of fair economic competition over the political and economic interests of particular stakeholders. Regulatory bodies should respect the same principle, and prioritize professional over political criteria in personnel appointments.
Ekopolis Foundation and Center for Philanthropy;
This report evaluates the Community Philanthropy Programme Slovakia "Our Land" implemented by Ekopolis Foundation, the Center for Philanthropy (ETP) and Open Society Foundation between 1999 and 2002, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. It contains the key findings from the evaluation and identifies some recommendations.
Slovak Donors Forum;
This report on the state of Slovak foundations for 2004 provides objective, transparent and relevant information on the state and composition of Slovak foundation sector in 2004. The report was compiled on the basis of data recorded in the Register of Foundations administered by the Slovak Ministry of Interior as well as data stated in foundations' annual reports for 2004 delivered to the Slovak Ministry of Interior. According to this data there were 294 foundations in Slovakia, including corporate foundations, community foundations, and other foundations.
Slovak Donors Forum;
The report focuses on foundations and their activities in the framework of non-governmental and non-profit sector in Slovakia. It aims to provide objective, transparent and relevant data on the state and composition of the Slovak foundation sector. It also offers the overview of year on year changes and trends in the development of the foundations. Statistical data is included.
Slovak Donors Forum;
This code of ethics outlines the ethical principles and values recognised by the Slovak Donors Forum and by the members of it. The aim of this code is to improve the quality and culture of philanthropy and grantgiving in Slovakia and to provide standards by which the operations and decision making processes of foundations can be fairly judged.
Presently, the culture of open discussion seems to be threatened in an increasing number of countries. In Central and Eastern Europe's (CEE's) democracies, recent political developments appear to jeopardize progresses made in the past. Against this background, this study aims at shedding light on the dynamics of CEE'scivil society and gives a brief overview of the status quo and recent developments that directly affect civil society. The study was conducted by the Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship at WU Vienna (Vienna University of Economics and Business), commissioned by and in collaboration with ERSTE foundation as well as with a group of country experts. The inclusion of expert assessments on civil society aims at giving a voice primarily to practitioners. Therefore, the study included an online survey in each participating country, addressing CSO representatives operating in various fields of activity.
Compiled by Joerg Forbrig, Programme Officer and Pavol Demes, Director for Central and Eastern Europe, of the German Marshall Fund in the US, this article is based on a presentation delivered to the annual meeting of the Grantmakers East Group in Sofia, Bulgaria, in October 2004. Presenting the preliminary results of research carried out on home-grown grantmakers funding civic initiatives in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, it demonstrates why indigenous grantmakers can be considered a potential source of funding, after the departure of foreign grantmakers from this area.
Aga Khan Foundation USA;
The practice of community philanthropy, has witnessed a growing momentum internationally, as new forms of community solidarity models emerge at the local level. Because of their informal nature, it is difficult for some of these initiatives to grow or survive over time The global movement for community philanthropy offers a number of models for creating and sustaining community foundations which are owned and controlled from the 'bottom up.' Communities identify their own needs and objectives, and then work together to gather the needed resources internally -- whether in cash or in-kind -- to invest in the cause. This publication will shed light on this important practice and how it has contributed to more lasting and impactful results
Aga Khan Foundation USA;
The practice of community philanthropy, has witnessed a growing momentum internationally, as new forms of community solidarity models emerge at the local level. Because of their informal nature, it is difficult for some of these initiatives to grow or survive over time The global movement for community philanthropy offers a number of models for creating and sustaining community foundations which are owned and controlled from the 'bottom up.' Communities identify their own needs and objectives, and then work together to gather the needed resources internally -- whether in cash or in-kind -- to invest in the cause. This publication will shed light on this important practice and how it has contributed to more lasting and impactful results.
The Association of Social Gerontologists;
A publication called Aging in the Social Space is a compilation of studies, which deal with theoretical understanding and empirical solutions, learning about problem spheres, specifying content parallels of social, legal, economic, moral and ethical views on senior issues in society, which are closely related to each other and are interconnected.This publication focus on the case study of Poland. It is supposed to provide a multidimensional view of old age issues and issues related to aging and care for old people in society. We believe that it is natural also to name individual spheres, in which society has some effect, either direct or indirect, within issues concerning seniors. Learning about these spheres is the primary prerequisite for successful use of social help to seniors in society.The work elaborates a very important topic of our time, this is of an aging population, which many countries with their established social, political, legislative, health and other systems are not prepared for. The authors compared the global data on the aging of the population with information relating to the aging of the population in Poland."This publication consists of two large chapters with subheadings. In the first part the authors describe the elderly in social area and in the second part of a social policy relating to older people. The first part explains the different concepts and presents a new paradigm, which refers to the phenomenon of active aging. The second part presents the analysis of the aging population in selected major cities and presents documents and strategies necessary for further development of the quality of life of elderly people. The case studies technique enables the authors the identification of a number of factors and in-depth analysis of researched topics for each city. Theoretical bases complement to the research findings of other authors and adds their findings."Doc. dr Bojana Filej, the Alma Mater Europaea – European Center, Maribor, Slovenia"The publication, in my humble opinion, can be dedicated primarily to researchers of social gerontology topics, primarily students from the humanities and social sciences. Given the systematic increase in the number of people from abroad studying in Poland (including the Erasmus program) this book can also be used as teaching material to courses on subjects such as: geragogics, social gerontology, social pedagogy and sociology."Prof. dr hab. Jan Maciejewski, the University of Wrocław, Poland
Open Society Institute;
Includes a Europe-wide overview and individual country reports on Roma children. Highlights policy actions necessary to address the educational challenges faced by Roma in Europe.