PROVIDUS wins PASOS Think-Tank Achievement Award 2013

October 17, 2013

Publisher: PASOS Secretariat, Czech Republic

The Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS was awarded the PASOS Think-Tank Achievement Award 2013 for its work on improving the treatment of crime victims in Latvia.

The award was announced at “Wider and Closer,” an international think-tanks’ and policymakers’ conference held by the Policy Association for an Open Society (PASOS) October 17 in Brussels. PROVIDUS received the award for its “Developing a Support System for Victims of Crime in Latvia” project.

“This multipronged project used research, trainings, public-information campaigns, and networking to tackle the problems faced by crime victims,” aid Jeff Lovitt, executive director of PASOS. “The campaign has inspired changes to Latvia’s criminal code and the creation of a governmental task force charged with crafting a support system for crime system.”

More information about the project is available  here and here.

The second-place prize in this category went to the Institute of World Policy in Kyiv for “There is a better side of Europe.” This advocacy campaign, which highlighted the advantages of EU membership, generated widespread debate among politicians and opinion makers, especially after local authorities in two cities tried to ban activities associated with the project.

The awards recognize outstanding think-tanks in young and aspiring democracies in Europe and Central Asia, and publicize the importance of what they do. Perspectives of Women in Rural Areas, a report by the Center for Research and Policy Making in Macedonia, was named the winner of the 2013 PASOS Think-Tank Publication of the Year Award.

The winners were  selected by a three-member jury of leading experts from the international think-tank world and experienced policymakers with a knowledge of the policy challenges facing young and aspiring democracies in Europe and Central Asia.

The jurors were:

Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General, University of Central Asia
Kalman Mizsei, Chair, Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma (MTM), Open Society Foundations
Gabriela Svárovská (Dlouhá), Member of the Board, European Partnership for Democracy, former Director of Human Rights and Transition Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic

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