News - October 2011

- 20 - 21 October, 2011, Vinkovci: Representatives of Centre for Peace – Vukovar, Ms. Milena Babić and Ms. Milica Mutić, attended the workshop „Public Policies – Suppression of Discrimination“. The workshop was organized as one of the activities of the project „Equality Scan“, implemented by Croatian Institute for Local Government in partnership with Vukovar-Srijem County. The objective of this project is to increase the effectiveness of the Croatian civil society organizations (CSOs) in an independent monitoring of anti-discrimination policies through strengthening their administrative and managerial skills and enhancing cooperation between CSOs dealing with monitoring of policies concerned with national minorities in Vukovar-Srijem County and the regional authority.

During the workshop the participants were acquainted with the main concepts and context of public policies creation including public policy objectives, stakeholders, policy brief, policy paper, monitoring, public policy evaluation, and analysis of public policy influence (ex-ante and ex-post). Besides, an overview of the Croatian public policies related to suppression of discrimination was made as well as the importance and role of civil society organizations in public policy creation emphasized. In line with the needs expressed, during the training the participants defined possible public policy priorities and shaped the plans for their further work on creation and influencing public policies. Since this training is the first of four within the planed education series for civil society organizations, in the incoming months representatives of Centre for Peace – Vukovar will participate in other trainings, which will during the course of several months be organized in other cities of Vukovar-Srijem County – Vukovar, Ilok and Županja.

- 5 October 2011, Vukovar – President of the Center for Peace – Vukovar, Mrs. Ankica Mikić attended the meeting as part of the study visit of a circle of friends of Heinrich Böll Stiftung. The aim of the visit was for the participants to get an insight into the operation of the Foundation in Sarajevo, Belgrade and Zagreb, and through thematic meetings and discussions with politicians and project partners get familiar with the political situation in all three countries and discover the political, cultural, and geographic contrasts of the region. Mrs. Mikic familiarized participants with the work of the Center for Peace – Vukovar in Vukovar and the surrounding region, the projects implemented as well as the local economic and political situation.