How PASOS is funded

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Funding Report 2012

The year 2012 started  with cumulative reserves of EUR 36 667, positive cashflow for bridging funds at the beginning of the year.
The year marked a major step forward in the diversification of PASOS funding sources. Open Society Foundations funding to PASOS amounted to 35 per cent in 2012, down from 65 per cent in 2011 and 80 per cent in 2010 on a similar-size total funding (€ 475 250 (pre-audited figure) in 2012 against € 475 620 in 2011 and € 494 355 in 2010).
The main sources of funding in 2012 were (some funding contributing to projects in 2013):
European Commission (three grants: TEMPUS Serbia, EU new member states’ development policy project, and Western Balkans Open Governance Partnership monitoring -- most of this funding is for activities in 2013): € 159 247
Think Tank Fund of Open Society Foundations: €125 000
United Nations Democracy Fund: € 79 379
National Endowment for Democracy (for two projects: Linking up European think-tanks with Egyptian think-tanks, and the Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Fellowship): € 60 989
Membership fees and event registration fees: € 27 143
Robert Bosch Foundation: € 10 000
International Visegrad Fund: € 9 319
Balkan Trust for Democracy: € 4 173
Total funding (pre-audited figures): € 475 250

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Financial Report 2011

In 2011, the funding of PASOS continued to diversify, with more funding from sources other than Open Society Foundations, most notably the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the National Endowment for Democracy, while at the same time continuing to work closely with the Think Tank Fund (TTF) of Open Society Foundations and the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) of Open Society Foundations.

Funding from LGI amounted to 44% of total income in 2011, comprising four grants:
• Strategic support for the PASOS Secretariat;
• Eastern Partnership Policy Bridging designed to link think-tanks from six eastern neighbours (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) with EU think-tanks;
• Improving the Governance, Quality and Impact of Independent Policy Centres, a project to develop quality guidelines for policy work;
• Paving the Road towards Visa-Free Travel between the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Countries and the EU, fostering and improving national and international engagement in policy debates on reducing barriers to people-to-people exchange between EaP and the EU;

The Think Tank Fund of Open Society Foundations provided 21% of the total income in 2011, comprising one grant:
• Core and Institutional Support for the PASOS Secretariat.

The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) provided 23% of the total income in 2011 for the project, Opening the Doors of Policy Making: Central Asia and Caucasus. This project continues into 2012.

PASOS membership fees (€ 500 per member), combined with registration fees for PASOS training and the annual conference, amounted to 5% of total income in 2011.

The first-ever two grants from the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy -- both for projects running into 2012 -- amounted to 4% of total income in 2011. The projects are:

• Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Fellowship -- a scheme bringing fellows from post-Soviet countries to be hosted and mentored by EU think-tanks;
• Linking change-makers in the Middle East & North Africa with democratic reformers of post-communist (Central and Eastern) Europe -- a project sharing experience from the Western Balkans of reforming policy in the areas of gender and security sector reform.

The results for 2011 indicate a level of income comparable with the figure for 2010, and a positive end-of-year result of € 6 100. Total expenditure amounted to € 468 682 (2010: € 497 029) against total income of  € 475 620 (2010: € 494 355). Cumulative reserves on 31 December 2011, after adjustment in line with the Czech National Bank exchange rates on 31 December 2011, totalled € 36 667 (2010: € 30 567).

The 2011 results were audited by Interexpert Bohemia, spol, s.r.o., Prague, Czech Republic.

The year 2012 started  with cumulative reserves of EUR 36 667, positive cashflow for bridging funds at the beginning of the year.
The year marked a major step forward in the diversification of PASOS funding sources. Open Society Foundations funding to PASOS amounted to 35 per cent in 2012, down from 65 per cent in 2011 and 80 per cent in 2010 on a similar-size total funding (€ 475 250 (pre-audited figure) in 2012 against € 475 620 in 2011 and € 494 355 in 2010).
The main sources of funding in 2012 were (some funding contributing to projects in 2013):
European Commission (three grants: TEMPUS Serbia, EU new member states’ development policy project, and Western Balkans Open Governance Partnership monitoring -- most of this funding is for activities in 2013): € 159 247
Think Tank Fund of Open Society Foundations: €125 000
United Nations Democracy Fund: € 79 379
National Endowment for Democracy (for two projects: Linking up European think-tanks with Egyptian think-tanks, and the Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Fellowship): € 60 989
Membership fees and event registration fees: € 27 143
Robert Bosch Foundation: € 10 000
International Visegrad Fund: € 9 319
Balkan Trust for Democracy: € 4 173
Total funding (pre-audited figures): € 475 250

Financial Report 2010

In 2010, the PASOS Secretariat continued to diversify its sources of funding, securing more funding from sources other than Open Society Foundations, most notably the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), while at the same time continuing to work closely with the Think Tank Fund (TTF) of Open Society Foundations and the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) of Open Society Foundations.

Funding from LGI amounted to 52% of total income in 2010, comprising five grants:

• Core support for the PASOS Secretariat;
• Eastern Partnership Policy Bridging designed to link think-tanks from six eastern neighbours
(Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) with EU think-tanks;
• Improving the Governance, Quality and Impact of Independent Policy Centres, a project
to develop quality guidelines for policy work;
• Paving the Road towards Visa-Free Travel between the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Countries
and the EU, fostering and improving national and international engagement in policy debates
on reducing barriers to people-to-people exchange between EaP and the EU;
• The PASOS Think Tank Award 2010, recognising outstanding policy analysis.

The Think Tank Fund provided 28% of the total income in 2010, comprising two grants:
• Strengthening the Online Communications/New Media Skills of Think-Tanks
• Core and Institutional Support for the PASOS Secretariat.

The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) provided 13% of the total income in 2010,
representing the first tranche of funding for the two-year project, Opening the Doors of Policy
Making: Central Asia and Caucasus.

PASOS membership fees (€ 500 per member), combined with registration fees for PASOS
training and the annual conference, amounted to 4% of total income in 2010.

The PASOS 2009-2010 project, Return to Europe – Reflection After 20 Years of Democratic
Renewal, received funding from the Europe for Citizens Programme of the Education, Audiovisual
and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission (EACEA)1  and from the International
Visegrad Fund (IVF) together amounting to 2% of the total income in 2010.

PASOS participation in the three-year project (2009-2011), Development of Public Administration
and Management Studies in Serbia, under the EU TEMPUS Programme, generated 1% of the
total income in 2010.

The results for 2010 indicate that PASOS annual budget almost doubled compared with
2009. Total expenditure amounted to € 497 029 (2009: € 296 552) against total income of
€  494 355 (2009: € 293 869). Cumulative reserves on 31 December 2010, after adjustment
in line with the Czech National Bank exchange rates on 31 December 2010, totaled
€ 30 567 (2009: € 31 476).

The 2010 results were audited by Interexpert Bohemia NGO Sector Ltd., Prague.