Featured programs in this segment:

Belgrade Dialogues

Policy makers in Serbia must be open to other people’s experiences, knowledge and skills;

Belgrade Security Forum (BSF)

A unique joint initiative of three civil society organizations

Women Leadership Academy

Support women active in public life.

Program description:

Together with partners, we bring together decision-makers, and try to hold them accountable to behave responsibly; propose solutions to bilateral disputes in the wider Western Balkans and Southeast Europe; we build good neighborly relations; we help to get to know and understand the “other side” and its needs better.

BFPE has been contributing to the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina since the very beginning of this process, in 2011. Some of the first projects where we tried, following the approach developed within the project “Regions”, to encourage cooperation and development, aimed at connecting municipalities in Serbia and Kosovo. Every year, one of the panels at the Belgrade Security Forum is dedicated to this topic. With the project “Changing Minds: Trust through Innovation”, we have connected, during four years (2017-2020), a large number of intellectuals, professionals and artists in two societies, engaged in different spheres of life. Finally, we tried to specifically support the technical dialogue conducted in Brussels with the initiative of KSPAG (Kosovo-Serbia Policy and Advocacy Group), which had over 80 different activities in 16 months of implementation: research (focus groups), round tables, media reports, publications.

BFPE believes in the region and regional cooperation. That is why over the years we have supported various initiatives and formats that have been established, in cooperation with local and international actors – such as the Berlin Process, or the creation of preconditions for the regional market. As a few organizations, through our flagship events and initiatives such as the Belgrade Security Forum, Balkan or former Belgrade dialogues, we advocate the accession of the Western Balkan “six” to the European Union and overcoming bilateral disputes that stand in the way.

A topic that has been in the center of interest of the professional community in previous years – the influence of the so-called “Third actors” in the Western Balkans, was in our focus, primarily through cooperation with partners from the countries of Visegrad. They examined the extent to which China’s influence – as the fastest-growing power – that it exerts in Central and Eastern Europe is similar to that it has gained in our country and the wider region. China is a big topic – with its appearance, it represents something new, and the debate is open to what extent it is new and a new model for the Western Balkans.

As researchers, BFPE program coordinators here collaborate with colleagues from other, research-intensive civil society organizations, and in particular contribute to the work of the National Convention, working groups 31 and 35.

All programs in this segment:

BFPE offers comprehensive programs, adapted to the actual needs and challenges met at both local and national level of government, celebrating participant experiences while avoiding ex cathedra approach.

From My Town to My Country: How to Ensure Serbia’s Development?

Project objective is to bring together representatives of local communities in order to stimulate the debate on the recognition of local specificities and identities as well as the importance and role local communities play in the development of Serbia.

Dialogue for the Future

The Dialogue for the Future project was developed on the initiative and under the auspices of the BiH Presidency, implemented from 2014 to 2017, and contributed to the establishment of a digital platform and the holding of a series of youth forums across the country.

Balkan Dialogues

Balkan Dialogues are a project of the EastWest Institute implemented in partnership with the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence and with the support of the Balkan Trust for Democracy, which seeks to convene a series of high-level, discreet dialogues between experts from the European Union, the United States, Russia and China, as well as select participants representing the WB6 states.  The principal  goal of the Balkan Dialogues is to increase and deepen understanding and build trust between representatives of varying geopolitical interests present in the region today, and with nations of the Balkans, by providing a platform for discussion of those areas where competing interests or strategies could collide, and determining ways to mitigate and defuse tensions arising from this reality. 

KSPAG-Kosovo-Serbia Policy Advocacy Group

Promoting and Communicating Benefits of the Kosovo-Serbia EU Facilitated Technical Dialogue

Sustainable Reintegration of Roma Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Niska Banja through Housing and Economic Empowerment

The project is a one-year program aimed at contributing to the full social and economic inclusion of returnees under the Readmission Agreement and IDPs who have decided to stay in Serbia by promoting a sustainable concept of (re) integration of returnees and IDPs, especially Roma, by applying a successfully tested model of cooperation between civil society organisations, local governments and the private sector.

Active Citizens – Better Society: Advocating for Cooperation and Democratic Development

The stability of democratic institutions and the rule of law is unthinkable without the active participation of civil society and citizens in public policy-making, problem solving, recognition and realisation of the potential that is necessary for progress of a community. Advocacy plays a key role in strengthening democratic processes and moving towards a democratic society based on a culture of citizen participation.

Communicating NATO-Serbia Cooperation

A More Secure Region through Meaningful Partnership: Serbia-NATO Cooperation, Communicated Anew

For more women in decision-making positions

Focus on members of the women’s fora within parties, women representatives in the local parliaments and representatives of the local councils

Women of the Balkans for New Politics

To promote the importance of political participation of women in creating more just and inclusive societies, based on full respect and protection of human rights, and securing peace and stability in Western Balkans

Capacities for Increased Political Participation of Roma

The main objective of this project is to increase the capacity for civic participation of the Roma community at the local level in Serbia.

Local self governments, civil society organizations and media for more responsible public finances

The goal of the initiative is to establish continuous cooperation, understanding and constructive dialogue between local governments and non-state actors in local communities in the area of ​​public finance management.

T4G: Thinking for Governance

Sharing experiences with think-tanks from the countries of "Visegrad Four" with regard to European integration

Consultations with civil society of Serbia on UN MDGs (millenium development goals) of sustainable development post-2015

The United Nations in Serbia, in cooperation with the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence and SeConS, conducted national consultations www.srbijakakvuzelim.rs, which helped define development priorities for the period after 2015 and became an integral part of the global UN report.

Working group “Energy” in the National Convention on the EU

Since 3 April 2015, BFPE has been coordinating the working group dedicated to chapter 15 of the negotiations - "Energy" - of the National Convention on the EU.

Beyond the Short-term Horizon

Minutes, conclusions and recommendations from the international expert workshop, Belgrade, 10-11 March 2016

Mapping potential migrants from Serbia and returnees to Serbia

The study "Mapping of potential migrants from Serbia and returnees in Serbia" BFPE has prepared in the framework of the German-Serbian initiative for sustainable growth and employment.

Youth is the New Green

We have hosted workshops and seminars with the aim to promote adaptation to climate change; reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases and improved management of water resources.

Green Chair

"Green Chair" is a mechanism that allows for participation of NGOs in the work of the Committee on Environment of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.

Sustainable Reintegration through Cooperation

The purpose of this project is to provide better access to social inclusion, employment, education and resettlement for Roma who have been refused asylum in Germany or another EU Member State, and consequently returned to Serbia.

Women Parliamentary Network

Adoption of new laws and policies and monitoring the implementation of current legislation, particularly in the areas of women's health and family, preventing violence against women and children, economic empowerment, education and promotion of women's knowledge.

Women Leadership Academy

is created to support women active in public life.

Changing Minds: Trust through Innovation in Serbia and Kosovo

BFPE leads an initiative dedicated to establishing amicable and stable relations between various segments of Serbia and Kosovo societies.

National Qualification Framework (NQFS)

Towards Employability of Knowledge – Development of NQF in Serbia as a Common Language between Education and Labour (NQFS)

Green Parliamentary Group

This informal group consists of delegates from various parties dedicated to issues of environmental protection and sustainable development, actively working on the promotion and acceptance of European standards and norms in this field.

PDI – Public Dialogue on Sustainable Use of Energy

We support the main objectives of environmental and energy policy of the EU by 2020, according to the "20:20:20" principle

Development of a Sustainable Biomass Market in Serbia

A series of round tables for decision makers on the topic of sustainable use of biomass.

Local Networking for Sustainable Development (LNSD)

Through local cooperation towards normalization and improvement of relations between Serbia and Kosovo.

Promoting Youth Employment through Social Partnerships and Cooperation (YESPC)

Local governments, professional groups and CSOs from 6 municipalities tackle the issue of youth (u)nemployment

Public administration reform and human resources (BFPE and SEKO mechanism)

BFPE participates in SEKO mechanism and related projects and activities

Belgrade Security Forum (BSF)

"From Vienna to Istanbul", the most important security and foreign policy conference in this part of the world; joint initiative of three civil society organizations