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PSD

Partnership for Social Development is a non-profit and non-governmental civil society organization which initiates, develops and maintains democratic processes of building an active civic community, uncompromisingly applying the principles of protection of public interest, equity, ethics, nonviolence and integrity in the conduct of all stakeholders of social processes.
Using and developing modern technological solutions and methods, Partnership for Social Development directly assists the citizens in protection of human rights, conducts researches, monitors the impact of public policies, informs, educates and motivates the public, and advocates for continuous positive social change.
The vision of the Partnership for Social Development is a modern society in which new technologies; the democratic system, laws and public policies fulfill their fundamental purpose of exercising civil rights, freedoms and equal opportunities, and enable continuous daily progress of the community we live in.

PSD is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit civil society organisation established in 1999 in Zagreb in the Republic of Croatia. PSD participates in building and development of democratic society through protection of and advocating for the principles of equality, ethics, non-violence, transparency and social accountability in actions and behaviour of all participants in social processes. PSD has been continuously active in the field of policy research since 2001 and as such has become an institution of support and promotion of democratic values, and an active participant in decision making processes at local, national and international levels thus affecting public policies in the field of social development and fight against corruption, human rights protection, organized crime and trafficking in humans.

Fields of operation:
• Government and civil sector (public sector financial management; legal and judicial development; government administration; strengthening civil society; elections; human rights; free flow of information; conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security; civilian peace-building; conflict prevention and resolution; post-conflict peace-building (UN);
• Social infrastructure and service (social/welfare services);
• Support to NGO (support to local and regional NGOs).

Scope:
Local authorities, non governmental organisations (NGOs), victims of human rights violations & victims of corruption, national and international decision makers, journalists whose freedom of expression right has been violated.

Official status of the organisation (including the registration number and date):
• Association, not-for-profit organisation, NGO;
• Registration date: Republic of Croatia, State Directorate for Public Administration and Local Government, 30 September, 1999
• Registration number: 00001547
• ID number: 73544751790

Key activities of the organisation:
PSD participates in building and development of democratic society through protection of and advocating for the principles of equality, ethics, non-violence, transparency and social accountability in actions and behaviour of all participants in social processes. PSD has been continuously active in the field of policy research since 2001 and as such has become an institution of support and promotion of democratic values, and an active participant in decision making processes at local, national and international levels thus affecting public policies in the field of social development and fight against corruption, human rights protection, organized crime and trafficking in humans.
PSD’s main activities deriving from organisation’s objectives are:
• Promotion of human potential in field of social development;
• Development of non-violent model of social development;
• Mitigation of consequences deriving from social transition and transition to new economic system;
• Fight against corruption with the emphasis on development of transparent and socially responsible mechanisms of public administration and citizens’ control mechanisms over administrative processes as well as citizens’ participation in decision-making processes;
• Protection of human rights with a special emphasis on rights of victims of violation of civil and general human rights according to international conventions;
• Development of and advocacy for positive public policies on local, national and international level;
• Development of mechanisms of cooperation and mutual citizens’ action on local, national and international level:
• Help and mediation in solving social conflicts via non-violent way;
• Proposing peaceful conflict resolution methods within a community which are satisfactory for all involved parties;
• Public awareness raising about problems within community and proposing of and advocacy for positive resolutions of problems in question;
• Participation in building of democratic institutions and mechanisms on local, national and international level, with a special emphasis given to building of anti-corruption mechanisms;
• Development of socially responsible civil society organisations (CSOs);
• Participation in processes of development of rule of law on local, national and international level;
• And all other relevant to foster social development.

Policy Research:
PSD has extensive experience in policy research and advocacy actions and has been implementing such projects since 2001. Some of the related projects are:
•        Report: Attitudes toward and Perceptions of Corruption in Western Balkans, Regional Overview (Horizontal cooperation between two IPA 2008 Civil Society Facility projects - Responsible Youth Entrepreneurship: creating a culture of anti-corruption in the private sector and BACCI). Research for the Report was conducted by the YES Foundation from FYR Macedonia and PSD Research Team. According to an extensive research within which number of managers, entrepreneurs and students were surveyed on their personal attitudes toward and perceptions of corruption, other available data such as indicators from World Bank were used, PSD produced an in-depth analysis on a regional level.
•        Active Policy Advocacy Project (APAP). APAP Project is financed by the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF). The main objective of the project is to positively impact the development of the Republic of Croatia’s system of public procurement by strengthening the principle values of transparency, fairness, integrity, competitiveness and professionalism. According to an in-depth analysis and research of the public procurement procedures in Croatia, PSD will set up and implement a civil society mechanism for the monitoring and oversight of the new system.
•        BACCI – Balkan Anti-Corruption Civic Initiative. BACCI Project is financed by the European Commission, within IPA 2008 Programme. PSD is the Project Manager, and partners in the project are Romanian Academic Society (Bucharest), Open Society Fund (Sarajevo), The Fund for an Open Society (Belgrade), Centre for Development of Non-Profit Sector (Belgrade). Overall objective of the BACCI Project is to improve Western Balkans countries’ capacities to efficiently suppress corruption through design and implementation of innovative anti-corruption tools and approaches based on empirical and comparative data analysis, on CSO regional partnership. Through BACCI, the state of conflict of interest in the region will be researched and efficient mechanisms for combating conflict of interest will be created. In Croatia, subject of extensive analysis, is the analysis of 5 Croatian cities and 4 ministries.
•        Governance, Transparency and Accountability in the Field of Social Welfare of Mentally Handicapped Persons in the Republic of Croatia – Policy Analysis (2007- 2008). The project’s goal was to detect and define the opportunities for corruption within the field of social welfare for mentally handicapped persons in the Republic of Croatia. The results of the research and policy analysis were published including Anti-Corruption (Good Governance) Tool Kit with recommendations on improvements in transparency and accountability within system for mentally handicapped persons.
•        Good Governance and the Rule of Law CARDS 2004 Programme: Civic Society Anti-Corruption Response (2006 – 2008). PSD designed the project and implemented it together with BURA, the network of local Croatian NGOs, and in collaboration with Romanian Academic Society. The purpose of the project is to facilitate genuine social change (change of legislation and policies) through a comprehensive, issue-oriented civic society action. The project has two parts: 1) Building capacities, gaining support, research, analysis and publishing, and 2) Moving from issue-learning to social change action (advocacy). The project-related activities aim to bring changes of substantial impact to the conflict-of-interest-related issues and to contribute to overall local, national and international efforts in fight against corruption (with an emphasis on the SEE region).
•        Comparative Analysis of Local Governments in Finland and Croatia (2006). PSD’s project focused on comparative analysis of legislation relevant for functioning of local governments in Croatia and Finland. The methodology was based on semi-structured questionnaires for interviews with the officials and decision makers in three cities: Rijeka (Croatia), Split (Croatia) and Turku (Finland). After presentation of results at the round table with participants from Croatian local governments, civil society sector, Croatian Parliament and media, PSD designed a set of recommendations for better functioning of local governments in Croatia.
•        City of Zagreb – Financial Management Policy Analysis (2005). PSD, in partnership with Romanian Academic Society (SAR) and B.a.B.e. (Croatian NGO for women’s rights) designed and implemented the project with intention to pinpoint weaknesses of the financial management system within the City of Zagreb, with emphasis on the area of public procurement. The policy analysis also included recommendations for improvement of the public procurement processes. All the findings were published in the Policy Analysis: The City of Zagreb – Secret Processes of Public Procurement brochure.
•        Anti-Corruption Program: Corruption Documentation and Monitoring Project (2003 – present). PSD developed Corruption Documentation and Monitoring Project (CDMP) as a sub-project of: Anticorruption Program: Multi-Level Citizens Action for Solving Problems Caused by Corrupt Practices in the Republic of Croatia. CDMP assists citizens who believe they are victims of corruption. In cases where there are indications of criminal behaviour, PSD reports such cases to appropriate governmental institutions, including the State Attorney’s Office, the Ministry of the Interior and Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK).
 
 
 
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