Network Memberships and Strategic Partnerships

Open Society Foundations

CPS has strong links with the various parts of the Open Society Foundations. CPS director, Dr Violetta Zentai, works as a senior project manager for the Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma program as well as being a board member for the Think Tank Fund of the Human Rights and Governance Program. CPS staff have taken part in research projects with the Education Support Program, the Justice Initiative, the Roma Initiatives Office as well as hosting fellows from the Open Society Fellowship program.


Policy Association for an Open Society (PASOS)

CPS has been a member of the Policy Association for an Open Society (PASOS), a network of policy centers from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia since it was established in 2005. Member of the PASOS conduct both country specific and comparative research projects, on rule of law and political development, good governance, respect of human rights in policy making, economic and social development. CPS has actively participated in network events and taken part in many comparative research projects.


Network of Democracy Research Institutes (NDRI)

CPS is a member of the Network of Democracy Research Institutes (NDRI), an association of organizations that conduct research on democracy, democratization, and related topics in comparative government. NDRI is part of the World Movement for Democracy, a global network initiated by the US National Endowment for Democracy that brings together activists, practitioners, academics, policy makers, and funders for the promotion of democracy.


The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration (NISPAcee)

CPS is a member of The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration (NISPAcee). NISPAcee was established in 1999 to foster East-East exchange in public administration and executive training. The network is currently composed of more than 120 institutional and 32 associate members from 25 countries.


International Policy Fellowship Program

Launched in 1998 and run jointly by the Open Society Institute, as it was then, and the CPS, this program supported policy research in pursuance of open society goals including the rule of law, democratic elections, diverse and vigorous civil societies, and respect for minorities. The IPF supported over 180 fellows between 2001– 2006. You can see a full List of previous fellows here. The Program was closed in 2008 with its successor, the Open Society Fellowship program, launched not long after. The Open Society Fellowship seeks innovators who offer unconventional approaches to pivotal open society challenges. The fellowship supports the work of leading practitioners in journalism, advocacy, law, academia, and the arts from around the world. Fellows are chosen for their ability to communicate original and provocative ideas to a broad audience; they are also asked to sharpen the thinking of the Open Society Foundations and expand our understanding of fundamental political and social problems.

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