IA became a member of the regional network ”Southeast European Initiative in Social Policy”

IA signed a statement on the establishment of a regional network for the promotion of social policy reform in Southeast Europe In Zagreb on 8 February 2013.

Department of Social Policy at the University of Zagreb, Magazine of Social Policy and NGO CERANEO (Center for development of non-profit organizations) sent an initiative for the representatives of programs of study for social policy and think tank organizations for the establishment of a regional network for the promotion of social policy reform in Southeast Europe.

The first meeting was held on 8 February in the Department of Social Work at the University of Zagreb. The representatives of faculties presented teaching programs in the field of social policy, research projects and forms of cooperation with national and international actors. Representatives of think tanks were saying about topics of research project, established cooperation with the state, meetings organized, achieved international cooperation, as well as the donors who support their work.

Beside the IA, the initiative for regional cooperation was accepted from: Ugljesa Jankovic, MA (Associate of the Faculty of Political Sciences in Podgorica), Professor Gordana Matkovic, PhD (a professor at the Faculty of Economics, Finance and Administration and the Director of Social Policy Studies at the Center for Liberal-Democratic Studies, Belgrade), Professor, Ana Cekerevac, PhD (professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade), Professor Maya Gerovska Mitev, PhD (a professor at the Institute of Social Work and Social Policy at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of St. Cyril and Methodius, University in Skopje), Professor Lulzim Dragidella, PhD (Head of Department of Social Work at the Faculty of Philosophy, the University of Pristina), Professor Suada Buljubašić, PhD (professor at the Department of Social Work at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University in Sarajevo), PhD Zarko Papic, director of the NGO “Initiative for Better and Humane Inclusion” in Sarajevo. In front of the IA, the initiative was signed by public policy researcher, Dragana Radovic.

On the meeting was agreed a framework for future cooperation, which was formalized by signing a statement on the establishment of the network, “Southeast European initiative in social policy”.

This statement was also signed by the Professor Sinisa Zrinscak, PhD (Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Social Work, University of Zagreb), Professor Zoran Sucur, PhD (editor of the journal “Journal of Social Policy”) and Professor Gojko Bezovan, PhD (President of CERANEO).

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