All posts by Milica Bogdanović

A flood of disinformation covers the online space

 

Disinformation in the domains of international politics and security is not predominantly created in Montenegro but rather by tabloids in the countries of the region and right-wing web portals. The Montenegrin media outlets, which share such media content without verifying its accuracy or checking the credibility of the source, contribute to the spread of disinformation. Manipulations are most prevalent in the online media and much less on television and in the press. Continue reading A flood of disinformation covers the online space

SELDI Joint Internships Programme in Good Governance and Anti-Corruption: Experience Southeast Europeean CSOs from Witnin

     

The Southeast Europe Leadership for Development and Integrity (SELDI) (www.seldi.net) is an anti-corruption and good governance coalition created in November 2012 by 17 likeminded CSOs in Southeast Europe, involving partners from nine countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey). From May 2018 the initiative includes 13 core members and 26 associated members.

Position description The SELDI network offers an unpaid internship opportunity for outstanding students from leading European Union universities, who are interested in gaining experience in one or several leading civil society organisations in Southeast Europe on the topic of anti-corruption and good governance.

You will have the opportunity to work with leading researchers, policy analysts, investigative journalists, and advocacy leaders from the countries of Southeast Europe on anti-corruption and good governance.

You can apply to one or several of the SELDI network member organizations to be your host institution(s). The regional joint internship can be held in at least two countries and institutions in the region, depending on the preferences of the candidate.

Candidates from all spheres of social sciences and humanities are welcome to apply.

Responsibilities The interns will support the work of the SELDI initiative by implementing the following activities:

  • support the corruption monitoring and analysis process;
  • perform desk research and statistical (survey) data analyses;
  • preparation of policy briefs and background documents;
  • gathering information for the upcoming corruption assessment reports;
  • organisation of events;
  • assist the day-to-day work of the host organization in the area of corruption monitoring and analysis;
  • etc.

Benefits Through the joint internship programme you can:

  • Gain on the ground civil society anti-corruption experience and knowledge in more than one SEE country and/or institution.
  • Have the possibility to choose between 13 host institutions in 9 countries.
  • Help SEE in a critical development area and improve regional understanding in Europe.
  • Visit different countries, and gain experience in different work environments and cultures.
  • Focus on the same topic and methodology, and compare country specifics.
  • Benefit from easy transition when moving to another host institution and/or country, since the work will follow the same research methodology and activities in all host-institutions.

Requirements

  • excellent university credentials
  • fluency in English (second major EU language will be considered an advantage, in particular the language of the host institution’s country)
  • computer literacy (spreadsheets, presentations)
  • very good written and analytical skills
  • organizational skills
  • ability to quickly and efficiently perform searches in databases and in the Internet
  • ability to work under pressure

Interns are expected to be well organised and able to adapt to a varying workload. They should have a strong desire to learn, a sense of responsibility as well as adaptability and flexibility, team work, initiative and enthusiasm.

Host institutions The potential host institutions are CSOs with status of non-governmental, nonprofit organisations (or equivalent). They include:

Duration The recommended duration of each internship is at least 3 months. The half-day internships can be carried out at any time in the period May 2018 – May 2022. During that time, following a pre-determined schedule, the intern may change its host institution and/or move to another country.

Interns are expected to spend at least 4 hours a day in the hosting organization, and will be provided with guidance on how to spend the rest of their time on understanding the culture and local environment.

Please Note The internship is unpaid.

Application Please, send to csd@online.bg the following:

  • Full CV in EuroPass format in English, including contact details
  • Motivation letter
  • Writing sample (min. 3 pages) in English
  • Please indicate to which of the host institutions you would like to apply
  • Please indicate preferred period of placement. Please note that preference will be given to candidates with a minimum commitment of three months.
  • Please, specify how you intend to cover your own travel, accommodation and daily allowance expenses.

Approval of candidates Internship applications will be reviewed once per month. Only the candidates short listed for interview will be contacted.  Selected candidates will be contacted by e-mail or telephone, and skype or telephone interviews will be arranged with the potential host institutions. If approved, prior to joining the internship, all candidates from abroad should obtain a medical insurance for the whole period of their commitment.

Democracy Without Institutions – New Balkan Invention

 

Political influence prevents the much-needed democratic development in our states – creation of institutions of sufficient level of integrity and credibility which really deserve the trust of citizens. Lack of trust in state institutions cannot be an ally of democratic norms, values or stability of our societies.   Continue reading Democracy Without Institutions – New Balkan Invention

Overwhelming problems in field of electoral integrity

Montenegro is facing overwhelming problems in the field of electoral integrity, said executive director of the Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) Dragan Koprivica, adding that the institutions tasked with the elections are biased and ambiguous.

CDT, that analyzed the work of the Anti-Corruption Agency (ASK) and the State Electoral Commission (DIK), organized on Thursday the panel discussion “How to achieve electoral integrity”.

Opening the panel discussion, Koprivica said that DIK failed several important tests and expressed hope that in the following period things would change form roots.

“We can hardly speak about independence and unbiasedness when the institutions lean on what parties tell them without thorough investigation and content control. We can hardly speak about existence of accountability when the Agency says that there is no abuse of national resources in Montenegro, or that ASK is transparent when it does not release its own decisions”, said Koprivica.

ASK assistant director Savo Milasinovic said that the Agency has been acting upon the complaints and media allegations, reports and data regarding violation of the law on financing of political entities and election campaigns.

Commenting on the allegations that the Agency is carrying out formal control of the reports without carrying out essential investigative activities, he explained that ASK does not have any investigative authorities, but that it is an institution of prevention performing within its legal competence.

Branka Bosnjak of the Democratic Bloc believes that ASK implements double standards towards the opposition and the ruling majority.

She believes that finances donated to the political parties must be much more transparent.

DPS MP Marta Scepanovic said that there is always space for ASK and DIK’s improvement, and added that it is hypocritical to speak negatively about the Agency’s work only when its decisions do not suit one side.

President of the United Montenegro Goran Danilovic said that those institutions are not functional and professional since electoral process is not legitimate, and added that the only fair elections would be those prepared by the interim government.

Road Map for Good Governance for the state institutions in Montenegro

Good governance is key to rule of law. And while issues of corruption, transparency, rule of law and good governance are always in the spotlight, there remains a lack of understanding and systemic problems that hardly receive sufficient coverage.

The “Accountability, Technology and Institutional Openness Network in South East Europe – ACTION SEE” project aims to raise awareness of such challenges by facilitating cooperation among civic organizations and consolidated strategic efforts for representation.

In cooperation with partners from a regional network of NGOs Action SEE, Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) prepared the Roadmap for Good Governance for the State institutions in Montenegro, based on the Regional Index of Openness. 

We analyzed a level of transparency, openness and accountability of institutions in Montenegro and provide action steps for improvement.

The Regional Index of Openness of institutions is developed in order to establish to what extent citizens of the Western Balkans receive timely and understandable information from their institutions.