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About us

IDESE engages in assembling and empowering progressive and democratic forces in both academia and a broader social community, focusing on the entire Southeast European region.

We believe that no facet of society, including the economic, can flourish without a change in political culture that comes from below , i.e. from society at large. We are committed to bringing the academic and engaged community of Southeast Europe closer together, building networks of joint action based on solidarity and trust.

IDESE aims to produce specific strategies of grounding progressive political cultural change by carefully selecting and nurturing highly educated, progressive, critical, and engaged minds.

Engaged Democracy Initiative (EDI)

The European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) and the Institute for Democratic Engagement Southeast Europe (IDESE) joined forces and created the Engaged Democracy Initiative (EDI).  EDI aims to involve local movements and organizations, researchers, social businesses, engaged citizens and journalists in a hierarchless and horizontal regional network (rhizome) for supporting, promoting and pursuing values of open, solidary and democratic societies across our region.

The Moise Palace

The Moise Palace is the largest Renaissance five-hundred-year-old patrician townhouse on the Croatian islands. A venue and forum for various scientific and research activities, our center can welcome visiting students and artists wishing to withdraw for a moment to a serene and inspiring collaboration setting. In fact, the Moise Palace already is a study haven for those whose intentions are to conduct scientific and artistic work while enjoying the island’s pristine nature. It is a place to restore individual and group wellness while mapping the local and advancing new investigative practices.

The Democratic Left  (#DemLeftSEE)

The Democratic Left in Southeast Europe (#DemLeftSEE) is an open process of networking, coordination and position-building between activists from throughout the Southeast Europe region. We work with the conviction that through coordinated action and joined-up movements across the region we can have the ambition to change the political direction of our countries towards truly just, prosperous, democratic, egalitarian and green societies.

At a historical moment when the political status quo is being questioned throughout the world, #DemLeftSEE seeks to link up with other initiatives to make joint proposals concerning the future of the European continent as a whole. The process is open to new and more established political actors, initiatives and organisations, and is open to a dialogue amongst equals with the political parties on the Left from the region.

We believe that more open, participative and bottom-up policy processes are the future for democracy at a time when large parts of the elite and many establishment politicians have shown their cynical disregard for the fate of ordinary people.


Publications and projects