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Defending Euro-Atlantic Values

Capacity Building and Resilience Enhancement through Strengthening Research and Debating Capacities of Young Professionals in Bosnia and Herzegovina

This NATO funded project aims to increase the capacity of Bosnia and Herzegovina NGOs, think tanks, state institutions, the private sector and the youth for the sake of strengthening liberal democracy and economic development by enhancing their skills in research and enrich their knowledge by discussions with experts with strong pro-Transatlantic and European values.

The project aims to increase the resilience of Bosnia and Herzegovina democracy by strengthening the capacity of local NGOs and think-tanks, employees of state institutions, journalists, and young leaders in exploring, analyzing, and addressing both external and internal factors undermining its democratic cohesion.

Participants will receive Online Skills Training focusing on the following:

Quantitative Analysis

Practical use: Absolvents will be able to present the data in a more meaningful way, which allows their more straightforward interpretation. Inferential statistics further allows them to draw conclusions from quantitative data. In combination with knowledge of descriptive statistics, such skill will be beneficial for NGOs and think-tanks willing to conduct more ambitious research and studies covering a much bigger population than with simple surveys, interviews, or focus groups. Such studies, covering whole regions or even countries, may significantly boost understanding of the quality of democracy and its resilience to disinformation, intolerance, or extremism on a national level.

Qualitative Analysis

Practical use: Qualitative analysis allows an analysis of data acquired through a wide array of strategies such as participant observation, in-depth interviews, focus groups, narratives of audio/video recordings, or secondary documents. Proper knowledge of this method will significantly increase participants’ analytical skills, and this will also boost the ability to spot and call out disinformation attempts.

Strategic country analysis

Practical use: This training will be especially useful for employees of think-tanks and young analysts, focusing on security issues. It will teach them how to analyze countries and regions of their interest in their complexity and how to work with available data efficiently. Instead of producing time-consuming scholarly studies, this training focuses on skills that will teach our participants to prepare short, informative, and up to date analyses of current developments in their countries or regions of interest, focusing especially on identifying soft spots for foreign pressure, hybrid war, disinformation campaigns and factors causing ethnic conflicts.

Investigative Research

Practical use: Participants of this training (ideally journalists and members of watchdog NGOs) will be better equipped to unearth secret, hidden, or obscure information that can build a more comprehensive picture of the issue under investigation. Such skills may be useful for employees of think tanks interested in real power relations in the state as much as to people from NGOs working with marginalized groups. The ability to properly conduct investigative research will allow BIH society to hold the government and private institutions more accountable to the public, which is one of the cornerstones of modern democracies.

Analyzing democratic change and stability in the context of hybrid threats

Practical use: Proper knowledge of hazardous factors negatively influencing democracies in transition in combination with an understanding of primary techniques of hybrid war and disinformation campaigns will allow our absolvents to analyze collected data and prepare recommendations for policymakers. The participants will learn how to use all the skills and knowledge they learned during the program for the benefit of democracy in their country.

Project activities

Participants of the project will be representatives of BIH NGOs, think-tanks, academia, all levels of the state administration, journalists and media representatives, social science students and opinion-shapers. The “Online Skills Trainings” (altogether 5 separate trainings) will be attended by at least 15 participation at each training, however, the participants may join more than one training. We expect that at least 15 beneficiaries/members of the BIH NGO/CSO community, think-tankers, state- and private employees, journalists and young leaders (between 18-35 age) will be trained within the project. 

  • October 8 – November 7, 2021 – Five sessions of the Online Skills Training
  • November, 2021 – Forming of the groups, selection of the policy paper topics.
  • November – December, 2021 – Elaboration of the Policy Papers (under the guidance of expert facilitators).
  • December, 2021 – Coordination meeting of the participants, recording of the policy paper video explainers.
  • December, 2021 – Advocacy Event – presenting the policy papers to the expert audience.
  • By the end of 2021 – Publishing of the video explainers.

The five thematic Online Skills Training sessions will be conducted online. Participants will meet in person during the Coordination Meeting prior to the Advocacy Event, where they will further coordinate the presentation of their policy papers with experts who guided the drafting process. During the Advocacy event, participants will present their policy papers to stakeholders from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Increasing the resilience of BiH’s democracy by strengthening the capacity of local NGOs and think-tanks, employees of state institutions, journalists, and young leaders in exploring, analyzing, and addressing both external and internal factors undermining its democratic cohesion as necessary preconditions for BIH’s Euro-Atlantic future, which is set as the country’s strategic goal.

For more information please contact Veronika Kusyova, Project Associate at

This project is sponsored by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division.