Mapping Civil Society response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Cluj

The research project aims to analyze the experiences of Cluj civil society during the COVID-19 pandemic, its mobilization, and the type of support received and offered to third parties.  The research is implemented in partnership with the Association for Community Relations (ARC) and is commissioned by the Urban Innovation Division...

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COVID-19 and Impact Management: Tools for enhancing civil society impact

We are confronted with a pandemic that is about to change the world in fundamental ways - including the activity of civil society organizations (CSOs), small and large. The ability of CSOs to understand current transformations and at the same time demonstrate impact is central to their sustainability prospects, given...

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Daring New Spaces – Summit on the European Public Sphere

10.12.2020 FRI Executive Director Stefan Cibian took part together with over 100 participants at the Daring New Spaces Summit on the European public sphere on December 10, 2020. In keynotes and debates, and listening to pitches and poetry, the participants envisioned what Europe and its public sphere could and should...

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Interview – Daring New Spaces – Summit on the European Public Sphere

10.12.2020 How will the EU Council Presidency continue to work on a European public sphere, as Portugal takes over from Germany? Michael Roth, State Minister for Europe from Germany, and Tiago Antunes, Secretary of State Assistant to the Portugese Prime-Minister were interviewed on this and other European matters. Watch the...

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Community spaces and their role during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

COVID-19 has disrupted the way we carry out our activities to an unprecedented level. States of emergency and lockdown impact directly the activity of community spaces that exist to empower local communities. These community spaces are the kind of physical infrastructure that is central for any network as it provides...

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Desktop diplomacy: Training for European Diplomats

19.09.2020 60 European diplomats gathered for the first module of the 21st European Diplomatic Programme. On September 17-18, 2020, FRI fellows and Global Diplomacy Lab members Amarachi A. Igboegwu and Stefan Cibian, together with Marina Rduyak, held a training session on Transformative leadership for successful crisis management and effective multilateralism...

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The world after COVID-19: Migration and Mobility

The unprecedented lockdown of the entire world is causing damage to the global economy and is also transforming migration and mobility patterns. The project focuses on COVID-19’s impact on migration and mobility and builds on the experience of three previous BAN events that had a migration-related subject. The previous events...

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Africa and East-Central Europe: Exploring and Reflecting on Collective Traumatic Experiences from the Past

Online (Zoom), August 10, 2020, 18.00-19.30 (Romanian time, in English) The webinar is an invitation to explore differences and similarities between the lived experiences of colonialism & postcolonialism, as well as totalitarianism and the transition to democratic regimes in Africa and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). In more specific terms,...

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Romania Country Brief 2018-2019: Freedom of expression, its challenges and limitations

20.04.2020 At this point in time (2018-2019), in Romania there is a perceived deterioration of the freedom of speech for journalists and civil society organizations. The political climate is perceived extremely polarized and increasingly deteriorating. Pressures and limitations of free speech is particularly strong in media outlets owned by politicians...

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