“Opening Doors” fellows release policy papers
Fellows participating in the fellowship program of “Opening the Doors of Policy-Making: Central Asia and South Caucasus” have released eight policy papers covering a wide variety of issues in the two regions covered by the project.
The papers address such diverse topics as water rights, employment practices, foreign policy and urban development. The fellowships were a component of a PASOS project that seeks to empower civil society organizations and to enhance public participation in public policy development. Funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund, “Opening the Doors of Policy-Making in the South Caucasus and Central Asia” aims to strengthen CSOs, foster regional networking, and promote sustained dialogue with policymakers.
At the project’s Regional Networking Conference in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on June 2, 2012, the “Opening the Doors of Policymaking Award for Best Policy Paper” was awarded to Shukhrat Ganiev from Uzbekistan for Slovakia-Uzbekistan: How to Approach Trans-Boundary Watercourses Issues, Similarities and Differences and Yevgeniy Golendukhin from Kazakhstan for Some Optimization Questions of the National Preventive Mechanism in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Nino Khelaia of Georgia (Assessment of Women’s Role in the Security Sector of Georgia) and Astghik Injeyan from Armenia (The Role of Private Employment Agencies in the Process of Regulation of Labor Migration from Armenia) were also singled out for mention by the award jury.
At the Bishkek conference, several fellows presented their studies. The presentations were critiqued by experts and the fellows took questions from the audience about their studies.
Fellows from the eight target countries – one from each – were supported through distance learning provided by an experienced mentor to develop their work in one of several well-established independent think-tanks operating in the European Union. The host institutions were selected for their record of experience in policy research and analysis, as well as in proposing and/or advocating for policy solutions related to furthering democratic transformation and improving policy-making processes in the EU, its member-states, and in other countries.
The fellows were selected from a group who participated in a Skills Development Training event in Istanbul in June, 2011. The fellows learned more about, and applied, methods of policy research and analysis, e.g. public opinion surveys and research using data-mining, evidence-based policy analysis, appropriate choice of policy advocacy tools and other approaches applied in the host think-tanks. The work of the fellows focused on specific issues of importance to their home countries.
In the following video, fellow Astghik Injeyan talks about the program.
The papers can be download in a single report in English or in Russian below. The individual papers in their respective original languages are also available for download below.
Policy Papers of the Project Fellows (English)
Policy Papers of the Project Fellows (Russian)
Fuad Jafarli: Urban Redevelopment Policy Framework for Azerbaijan