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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.

Think Engaged: Academia in Dialogue

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Regional Dialogue Southeast Europe and the Institute for Democratic Engagement Southeast Europe (IDESE) 2018 jointly initiated the ,,Think Engaged: Academia in Dialogue“ series.

Think Engaged: Academia in Dialogue“ series aimes at bringing together representatives of academia, civil society, local initiatives and the wider public to discuss the most pressing issues for the wider region of Southeast Europe. The series combines academic insights into topics of societal importance (such as democracy, participation, education, reconciliation, political engagement, far right, etc.) with interventions by civil society representatives, practitioners and media resulting in a unique mix of thinking and crafting solutions for challenges of the region.

Since 2018 we have organized events in Belgrade, Sarajevo, Skopje, Zagreb, Athens and starting with the beginning of the pandemic a series of zoom-webinars.