The project Regional Academy for Democracy: Shaping the European Future of the Balkans – Building a New Political Culture and Political Elite is a unique initiative in political capacity building in the Western Balkans, supported by the European Commission and implemented by seven civil society organizations, members of the Network of Schools of Political Studies operating under the auspices of the Council of Europe. These schools, members of Network have a joint goal to train the next generation of political, economic, social and cultural leaders in the countries in transition. There are some information about their work in the countries of Western Balkans.

Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE) was founded in November 2003 as a non-governmental, non party and non profit organization.

BFPE’s primary goal is to contribute to the formation and development of both a democratically - oriented political elite (in parliament, political parties, and in institutions on the national, regional and local levels) and to this same development of leaders in other society sectors (state administration, non-governmental organizations, media, culture, law, unions).

BFPE’s main role is to enable the socio/political elite to obtain the additional knowledge and mandatory skills necessary for both a democratic transformation of society and for participation in European and Euro-Atlantic structures. Primary focus is placed on the process of European integration. Special attention is paid to the further development of cooperation in the SEE region in an effort to strengthen regional stability, security and democratic potential. The more info about BFPE’s work you can find on:

The Center for Research and Policy Making is an organization that works in Macedonia, with the mission to  promote good governance and development in Macedonia on the basis of relevant, evidence based policy research, capacity building and trainings, evaluations, analyses and surveys, without regard to and independently of the particular interests of any group of the society, either political, social or economic.

Founded in 2004 under the Macedonian law as a “civic association” (or an NGO) the Center for Research and Policy Making - CRPM engages in policy analysis, seeking to open the policy making process to citizens, improve laws, assess institutional capacities for their implementation as well as monitor and evaluate how much these policies are creating public value or are directed towards the “Europeanization” of Macedonia.

CRPM’s core values, the essential and enduring tenets, are: being a pioneer in detecting important deficiencies in the functioning of the society and the public policies, providing policy advice through cutting edge research and analysis, and seeking policy changes in relevant areas, based on hard team work and individual productivity. The more info you can find on:

Since February 2007, in Albania was established the Albanian School of Politics. The mission of the Albanian School of Politics is to foster a modern political culture based on the shared values of pluralism, tolerance and open dialogue, thus encouraging the emergence of a community of young political and civic leaders, dedicated to implement a contemporary democratic model of government.

To achieve its mission, the Albanian School of Politics has committed itself to the following objectives: to encourage the development of responsible and ethical leadership among young political and civic leaders and to support them in furthering the mission of the School in their original social context, to widen its trainees understanding of the core principles of good governance such as rule of law, legitimacy, transparency, accountability, accessibility and respect for human rights, to provide opportunities for bringing together political and civic leaders from the whole spectrum of public life, to discuss a wide range of  political, social and economic issues, to stimulate transparent and clear decision-making and legislative process that takes into account different public interests and opinions; the free exchange of ideas, thus fostering the growth of a vibrant and dynamic civil society. The more info you can find on:

Prishtina Institute for Political Studies was created in 2004. For 7 years of existing, PIPS has working in order to educate young leaders, do researches and publish analysis. Through these years, our organization has been developing many programs and projects, the main one being School of Politics. PIPS organized several national and regional conferences, tens of Chatam House meetings with political figures, academics, journalists and other public figures. We published “The unfinished transitions in Balkans 2009“; “Citizenship & Democratizion 2008"; “8 years of School of Politics 2010”; “Elections and afterwards 2010".

PIPS's mission is to contribute to the quality of the political process in Kosovo through formal and non-formal education of young leaders, by motivating them to engage actively in the process of transition, consolidation and strengthening of democracy. To accomplish its mission, PIPS's vision is to encourage the creation of a new democratic culture by promoting political and social dialogue through cooperation between young leaders. Given its mission and vision, PIPS encourages the creation of a sustainable community of youngsters and motivated leaders, based on sharing values and vision for the sustainability of Kosovo in the context of regional and global development. In addition, PIPS seeks to encourage members of this newly-created community to implement the knowledge and experience gained from PIPS's activities to promote its values in social contexts in which they operate, as well as to make them part of their personal behaviour as future leaders. The more info you can find on:

The Academy for Political Development is an interdisciplinary programme of political education for for young leaders, professionals and decision–makers from different sectors and areas of public life (politics, media, public administration, civil society and business). The Academy was founded in 2004 within the framework of the programme of Schools of Political Studies, which operates under the auspices of the Council of Europe and is an initiative aimed at promoting democracy, human rights, the rule of law and European values in transition countries.

The vision of the Academy is to contribute to the quality of political processes in Croatia by providing political education to young leaders and motivating them to participate in public affairs. Through various activities, the Academy strives to support the development of a democratic political culture and promote dialogue and cooperation among current and future leaders. This well-known platform enables a network of more than 300 alumni of different backgrounds, political affiliations and viewpoints to meet each other, exchange ideas and develop a culture of dialogue as well as mutual respect and co–operation in every field.

The main activity of the Academy for Political Development is its annual educational program, which consists of three national seminars and an event in Strasbourg organised by the Council of Europe.  Every year, a group of 25 to 30 young leaders and professionals participate in the programme, tackling important issues such as challenges to democracy in transition countries, economies in transition, minority issues, regional cooperation and so on.

The Academy also organizes public events such as conferences, seminars, round tables and panel discussions with the aim of raising the quality of discussion on hot political, economic and other issues considered important for Croatian society. These are normally open to the general public, not only members of the Academy. The Academy cooperates with numerous organizations in Croatia (diplomatic missions, state institutions, NGOs, media outlets, businesses) and participates in regional projects, implemented in partnership with other schools of the Schools of Political Studies network in the region.

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The School of Political Studies of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a political education programme that focuses on young leaders active in politics, business, public administration, civil society and the media. The intention of the school is not necessarily to create better politicians but rather to help these young leaders to increase their understanding of politics, to work together, and to understand that they have common concerns and problems regardless of which political party or part of Bosnia and Herzegovina they come from. The school provides a platform for participants to meet, exchange ideas and develop a culture of dialogue and mutual co-operation, not yet commonly practiced in public life in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 2002, the School of Democratic Leadership (Podgorica) was established as an initiative for different decision-makers and launchers of initiatives and reforms in society, whose activities and decisions have got an impact on a big number of people. The aim of the initiative was to let these individuals become familiar with different topics and to let them acquire values, being necessary to improve the efficiency and quality of their work.

The Civic Alliance is the organiser of the SDL courses, being composed of five panels, each with the duration of three to five days and organised in cooperation with different international organisations and foundations in Montenegro (among others NDI, FOSI, OSCE, Council of Europe). The participants gain knowledge in a number of fields and themes such as: Political Organisation and Leadership Skills, Europe - Ideas and Institutions, Dialogue and Communication Conflict Resolution, Good Governance and Anti-Corruption, Principles of Independent Judiciary Systems, Gender Equality, The Role of a Parliament, Decentralisation.

Target group of the School were decision and policy makers of higher level from all parliamentary parties and civil society in Montenegro, while indirect beneficiary of these seminars i.e. project would be community, more precisely citizens, trough future decisions, influence and initiatives of seminars' participants and their political parties. The more info you can find on: