How PASOS is funded

PASOS extends its appreciation to its financial supporters for their commitment to strengthening the work and capacity of independent policy centres in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

If you would like to find out more about supporting PASOS, please contact PASOS Executive Director Jeff Lovitt

Financial Report 2013

In 2013, the largest source of funding continued to be the European Commission, supplemented by a range of smaller grants from the National Endowment for Democracy, International Visegrad Fund, and other sources.

Funding from the European Commission amounted to 77% of total income in 2013, notably two grants: the Advocacy for Open Government project and Enlargement and Citizenship: Looking to the Future.
The National Endowment for Democracy provided 8% of the total income in 2013 through the Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Fellowship programme.

The results for 2013 showed a lower level of income compared with previous years, and a negative year-end result: a loss of € 2 881. Total expenditure amounted to € 372 179 
(2012: € 452 702) against total income of € 369 298 (2012: € 473 068). Cumulative reserves on 31 December 2013, after exchange-rate adjustments, had fallen to € 53 345 
(2012: € 61 337). The weak result was balanced by grant commitments already secured for projects continuing into 2014, including funding from non-EU sources.

The 2013 results were audited by Interexpert Bohemia, spol. s.ro., Prague, Czech Republic.

Financial Report 2012

In 2012, the funding of PASOS diversified as funding from Open Society Foundations came to an end, most notably with funding from the European Commission, the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Funding from the European Commission amounted to 32% of total income in 2012, mostly for the Advocacy for Open Government project.
The Think Tank Fund of Open Society Foundations provided 26% of the total income in 2012.
The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) provided 17% of the total income in 2012 for the project, Opening the Doors of Policy Making: Central Asia and South Caucasus.
The National Endowment for Democracy provided 13% of the total income in 2012 through two grant programmes: Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Fellowship programme, and Linking Change-Makers in the Middle East & North Africa with Democratic Reformers of post-Communist (Central and Eastern) Europe.

The results for 2012 showed a comparable level of income compared with 2011, and a positive year-end result of € 20 366. Total expenditure amounted to € 452 702 
(2011: € 468 682) against total income of € 473 068 (2011: € 475 620). Cumulative reserves on 31 December 2012, after exchange-rate adjustments, had risen to € 61 337 (2011: € 36 667). These strong reserves would serve as a vital source of cashflow as PASOS moved forward without the core funding of the early years of existence.

The 2012 results were audited by Interexpert Bohemia, spol. s.ro., Prague, Czech Republic.

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.

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.