Continuously: BAYHOST Grants for Summer Schools 2021

Students and early-stage researchers from Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CEE/SEE) or Bavaria have the possibility to apply for grants for a summer school.

Continuously: BAYHOST Grants for Summer Schools 2021: Summer School Grants of the Bavarian Academic Center for Central, Eastern and Souteastern Europe

Students and early-stage researchers from Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CEE/SEE) or Bavaria have the possibility to apply for grants for a summer school conducted by Bavarian or Eastern Europe higher education institutions (except language courses). Read more

24/05/21 Webinar: “New Momentum” for the European perspective of Moldova

Independent Think-Tank “Expert-Grup” invites to take part in the webinar: “New Momentum” for the European perspective of Moldova – comparisons between the “Associated Trio” and the Western Balkan states” on 24 May 2021, between 16:30 pm -17:45 pm (Chisinau time). 

24/5/21, 16:30-17:45 (Chisinau time): Webinar: “New Momentum” for the European perspective of Moldova – comparisons between the “Associated Trio” & the Western Balkan states

Independent Think-Tank “Expert-Grup” invites you to take part in the webinar: “New Momentum” for the European perspective of Moldova – comparisons between the “Associated Trio” and the Western Balkan states” on 24 May 2021, between 16:30 pm -17:45 pm (Chisinau time).  The event is dedicated to presenting the results of the study: “Balkan and Eastern European Comparisons: Building a New Momentum for the European integration of the Balkan and Eastern European associated states”. Read more

The event is organized by the Independent Think Tank “Expert-Grup” in cooperation with the Center for European Political Studies (CEPS) and will take place online and shall be held into English. See agenda

Childcare in the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe

The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research conducted research on the situation of children at risk of losing the parental care and children that have lost the parental care in Albania, North Macedonia, Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine.

Veronica Sandu, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

From May to December 2020 the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research conducted research on the situation of children at risk of losing the parental care and children that have lost the parental care in five countries from Western Balkans and Eastern Europe region: Albania and North Macedonia, Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine. The research was part of a broader report done in cooperation with SOS Children’s Villages Worldwide Hermann-Gmeiner Fonds Deutschland and SOS Children’s Villages National Associations in the respective countries.

The analysis was done based on the review of legislation, policy reports and strategic documents, childcare national and regional reports, and other relevant documents. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRDP) country concluding observations have been consulted as part of the desk review. National statistics on vulnerable children were collected by referring to the national and international data sets and reports. In addition, key childcare stakeholders in depth interviews have been done in all countries.

There are many causes of risk for children to lose parental care and to be institutionalised. These risks can be related to: individual attributes (e.g., disability, skills, gender, sexual orientation, etc.); family circumstances (e.g., migration, poverty, stigma, language, ethnicity, geographic area, etc.); circumstances related to a specific risk (e.g., abduction, trafficking, homelessness, domestic violence, juvenile crimes, etc.); and humanitarian situations (displacement, armed conflicts, social breakdown, etc.).

About 11 million children live in the 5 selected countries, about 3 million of them live below the national poverty line, and about 210 thousand children are children with disabilities. The institutional care remains the main form of care in almost all countries. In total, in the region, about 100,000 children receive care in large residential facilities and 78,000 children receive care in some sort of family-based type of care service. The share of children receiving care in large institutions is almost twice the share of children in family-based care. One exception is Belarus, where many children receive care in their extended families under the guardianship/tutorship type of care.

The five countries make significant efforts to develop the family-based care as part of a broader de-institutionalization (De-I) reform or in parallel to improving the quality of residential care. The most common type of family-based care is the guardianship/tutorship care followed by foster care. Both of these services though are developed unevenly in terms of child vulnerability (very few foster care services are available for children with disabilities, for babies, for children with behavioural problems). All countries lack specialised foster care for emergency situations, and for appropriate care of children with special needs. Adoption is limited in all countries, with the exception of Belarus, where the number of adopted children is close to that of children placed in foster care.

The childcare systems in all these countries are undergoing major reforms such as the De-I reform, alternative care service development, community-based service development, development of child abandon and prevention programs, and preventions programs for families at risk of being separated from their children. At the same time, various policy gaps are limiting the childcare policy impact. These gaps refer to poor financing of childcare in the region, human resources in the sector not equipped in terms of skills, knowledge and resources to support these reforms, and childcare roles and responsibilities between administrations levels not fully clarified. The public private partnership in care provision is unregulated, and quality monitoring not fully in place.

The research conducted by the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research will support the Children’s Villages Worldwide Hermann-Gmeiner Fonds Deutschland and SOS Children’s Villages National Associations in policy dialogue, advocacy efforts, internal planning processes to further support the childcare reforms in the 5 selected countries.

Closed (15/9/20): Call for scholarship applications: Schroubek-Fond Eastern Europa

The Schroubek Fund Eastern Europe offers a number of funding opportunities for German-speaking candidates.

15/9/20: Call for scholarship applications: Schroubek-Fond Eastern Europa

The Schroubek Fund Eastern Europe offers a number of funding opportunities for German-speaking candidates that include scholarships for one or two semesters exchange or study visits in cultural science at universities in Eastern Europe (preferably at universities in Middle-East- and South-East Europe with teachings in Slavic language), language courses, workshops, guest lectures and publications.

Please find the call in German and further informaition here

Report: COVID-19 and the World of Work: Rapid Assessment of the Employment Impacts and Policy Responses. North Macedonia

Report: COVID-19 and the World of Work: Rapid Assessment of the Employment Impacts and Policy Responses. North Macedonia by the ILO in collaboration with EBRD

The ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) established a joint task force to assess the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the region’s economies. The EBRD/ILO Task Force was invited by the Economic and Social Council in North Macedonia in 2020 to support the development of policy responses when the public health threat developed into a global pandemic with economic consequences. Read more