IA at the OGP annual summit in London

IA’s researcher, Marko Sošić, will be one of the panelists at the round table “When Supreme Audit Institutions engage with citizens”, part of the London Summit of Open Government Partnership, from 30 October to 01 November.

This discussion will share experiences of SAIs engagement, compare approaches and instruments, and discuss challenges and critical factors in bringing SAI closer to citizens. It will help identify specific actions, promising approaches and potential champions for strengthening the role of SAIs in open government.

Organisers of the round table are UNDP, World Bank Institute, Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, in collaboration with OECD and Intosai (The International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions).

Recognition: IA offically certified as a reserch centre!

Ministry of Science has issued a formal decision, granting Institute Alternative the official certificate to conduct research activities in the filed of social sciences, on 17 October 2013, based on the Law on Conducting Scientific and Research Activities (“Official Gazette of Montenegro, no. 80/10, Article 31).

Certificate was issued after IA filed a request to Ministry of Science, submitting all the required documentation, as well as after the controls conducted by the special commission established by the Ministry of Science.

Meeting with the representative of State Department

Institute Alternative’s President of the Managing Board, Stevo Muk, met with the newly appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Hoyt Brian Yee. Mr. Yee is paying an official visit to Montenegro October 27-29. During the visit, he met with the high-level Montenegrin government officials, representatives of political parties, diplomatic corps representatives and a group of NGO leaders. He served as the Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Podgorica from 2002-2005.

RTS on key challenges in the EU accession process of Montenegro

For the daily news program of Radio Television Serbia, Research Coordinator Jovana Marović presented her viewpoints on the main issues the European Commission has identified in the Montenegro’s Progress Report for 2013, as well as the challenges that could slow down the accession process.

The excerpt from the news program can be accessed here:

Civilian capacities for participation in peacekeeping missions

The meeting that was held in Oslo, Norway, marked the beginning of implementation of the project “Western Balkans Civilian Capacities for Peace Operations”. This project is realized by Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), with the support of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Researcher Marko Sošić participates in the project in front of Institute Alternative and is responsible for producing the analysis of Montenegro’s civilian capacities for participation in peacekeeping missions. Besides Institute Alternative, organizations that are involved at this stage of project implementation include the following: Analitika from Skopje, Centre for Security Studies from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Institute for Democracy and Mediation from Tirana, and Center for Peace Studies from Zagreb.