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Report on Assets of Administrative Court Judges

The goal of this report is to identify key trends towards the enrichment of the 48 judges of the administrative courts in Albania. The study sheds light not only on how administrative court judges in Albania have accumulated wealth but also on key practices, recognized as “red flags”, which obscure the origin of this wealth. These include dividends from businesses, debts owed by family members, real estate transactions and cash kept outside the banking system. To download a copy of the report in English, click here. To download a copy of the report in Albanian, click here. The post Report on Assets of Administrative Court Judges appeared first on BIRN.

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BIRN Albania Opens Call for Investigations on Housing and Property Rights

BIRN is offering grants for three journalists to cover property rights and housing stories, as well as mentoring by experienced editors. The call is held as part of the project ‘Exposing Corruption through Investigative Reporting’, financed by the National Endowment for Democracy. The project’s aim is to strengthen journalistic reporting on corruption in the country through cooperation with civil society, in order to contribute to a more informed citizenry that is engaged in the democratic process. Three journalists will be awarded grants to cover their expenses while conducting investigations and writing their stories on housing and property rights. The journalists will have around three months to dig deeper and research their ideas, and will also have the opportunity to work with experienced editors as mentors to guide them through the process of writing in accordance with BIRN standards. The call only applies to journalists from Albania and closes on March 10th. Click here for..

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BIRN Albania Holds Discussion on Property Rights and Housing

Around 20 journalists, experts and civil society representatives gathered in Tirana on February 13 to discuss strategies that investigative reporters can use in order to better report on property rights problems and housing. The event was held as part of the project ‘Exposing Corruption Through Investigative Reporting’, financed by the National Endowment for Democracy. The project’s aim is to strengthen journalistic reporting on corruption in the country through cooperation with civil society, in order to contribute to a more informed citizenry that is engaged in the democratic process. The roundtable was moderated by Gentian Serani, an activist from the Youth Movement for Roma and Egyptian Rights, and BIRN Albania editor Besar Likmeta. During the roundtable, the participants suggested a series of key topics to be investigated, including problems with the management of public properties, discrimination against minorities in the rental market, as well as gender discrimination in prop..

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Timothy Large

He is a former Reuters correspondent with two decades of experience in newspaper, news agency and online media. His previous roles include Director of Journalism and Media Programmes at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Reuters News, where he drove initiatives to raise journalistic standards worldwide and help independent media flourish. These included independent news agencies in Egypt, Zimbabwe and Myanmar; “Wealth of Nations”, a pan-African project to support investigative journalism on illicit money flows; and “Perspektivy”, a professional programme for Russian-language media. He also ran global training and mentoring projects to encourage collaborative, cross-border journalism on topics ranging from global security and trafficking to women’s rights, health and sustainable development. Before that, he was Editor-in-Chief of Reuters philanthropic news services covering humanitarian issues, human rights, modern slavery and trafficking, corruption and climate ..

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BIRN Kosovo’s ‘Friday Forums’ Attract Diplomats and Politicians

Past attendees have included senior officials from Kosovo and international diplomats. “The point of these briefings is that our staff gets to pose better informed questions when they are covering a topic, and by meeting a lot of officials and diplomats in an off-the-record setting, they will know more about the topic, than from what they are likely to get from formal declarations,” said BIRN Kosovo’s director, Jeta Xharra. Friday Forums are organised under Chatham House rules – the format used by Britain’s Royal Institute of International Affairs, with the aim of encouraging openness of discussion and facilitating the sharing of information. The format is now used throughout the world as an aid to free discussion of sensitive issues. « ‹ 1 of 4 › » On February 1, Rozafa Ukimeraj, secretary of the Ministry of Local Governance, was BIRN Kosovo’s guest, along with Per Strand Sjaastad, the Norwegian ambassador to Kosovo. Before that, at the end of October 2018, Rashit Qalaj, the dir..

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BIRN Kosovo Publishes Municipal Procurement Report

The publication analyses procurement procedures involving key actors from Kosovo institutions including government officials, Kosovo Assembly members and non-governmental organisations. BIRN discovered that only a limited number of complaints about procurements were resolved in favour of businesses that appealed, with most decisions going in favour of the municipalities. Municipalities did not change their decisions despite demands from businesses to review their decisions, the report found. Of a total of 272 demands for review, only 15 per cent of the complaints were decided in favour of economic operators – 41 in total – while 85 per cent, or 231 of the reviewed complaints, were decided in favour of the contracting authorities. Kreshnik Gashi, the managing editor of BIRN Kosovo, said that BIRN has been working for several years to identify problems with public procurement procedures. “We have monitored what we call the ‘holes in procurement’ which steal from the state’s budget. W..

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Applications Open for 2019 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence

If the answer to either of those questions is yes, you should consider applying for the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence. The Application Form and Guidelines are on the BFJE website. Each year, 10 journalists are chosen through open competition to receive funding and professional support to conduct in-depth research and write journalistic stories that reveal something new about our world – or that reveal the familiar in a new light. The theme for this year’s fellowship is FREEDOM. We are open to applications from journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Greece and Serbia. Please make sure you send us your application, including your proposal for a story based on this year’s theme, by March 6. Applicants selected by an independent committee to take part in the fellowship will receive a €2,000 bursary and up to another €2,000 for travel and research expenses. They will also attend internationa..

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Documentary ‘Free Flow’

In the past two decades, the Albanian government has approved over 500 hydropower plant projects on its rivers and streams, which environmentalists say threaten some of the last unspoiled river systems in Europe. The documentary focuses on three areas, the Shebenik Jabllanica National Park, the Vjosa River and the Valbona National Park – following local villagers, community rights activists, scientists and artists as they struggle to voice their concerns over hydropower plant projects, challenge concession contracts in court and protest in the streets to encourage support for their cause. The post Documentary ‘Free Flow’ appeared first on BIRN.

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Corrupting the Birthrates

Summary While the government claims its policies are intended to increase birth rates, pregnant women and new mothers across Serbia are dissatisfied with low incomes during their absence from work. A new way of calculating maternity benefits leaves women confused and with no clear information about how much money they can expect while pregnant or after giving birth. Donor: Transparency International Information Sheet Main Objective To inform Serbian citizens so they can exercise their rights in relation to maternity leave and state financial aid. Specific Objectives To develop a digital tool that calculates maternity and pregnancy leave compensation in order to better inform the Serbian public. Main Activities Data collection, monitoring and analysis Developing digital tools Publishing analysis Target Groups Families with children, general public Highlights Analysis, digital tools, date bases Main implementer BIRN Serbia The post Corrupting the Birthrates appeared first o..

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The ERSTE Foundation NGO Academy

The Academy offers a range of high-quality capacity building programmes designed specifically for executive managers and staff members of NGOs. Web: http://ngo-academy.erstestiftung.net/ The post The ERSTE Foundation NGO Academy appeared first on BIRN.

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