CDT in 2016
The year of complicated political situation in Montenegro, local and parliamentary elections required extraordinary energy and commitment of the whole team of CDT.
We dealt with all significant topics for improving political environment in Montenegro but activities of civil monitoring of elections are the most visible.
Our system of measuring performance gave us the answer – we achieved results and we are satisfied with them.
The proposal for changing measurement of country efficiency is adopted, we helped the judiciary to be more transparent, we contributed to reducing of tensions in the electoral period…
It was based on a consistent and proper working and directing resources towards achieving our mission and vision.
In 2016 an international initiative Transparify gave us “five stars” for transparency. Our success was contributed by those who cooperated with and supported us.
Citizens, domestic and foreign partner organizations, media, institutions, parties, international foundations, organizations and diplomatic representations.
PROGRAM AREA - ELECTIONSOUR RESULTS
We monitored how the Agency for Prevention of Corruption, state bodies, companies and local self-governments implement electoral laws and we affected transparency and legality increasing in the area of financing parties and campaigns.
Also, we educated almost two thousands of graduates in Montenegro about electoral rights.
Through online channels of communication and activities in media public was timely and objectively informed about identified violations of electoral procedure and irregularities during the election day.
We contributed to reducing of tensions during the election night while timely informing about independent projections of the election results.
PROJECTS - ELECTIONSCivil monitoring of elections
In cooperation with the agency Arhimed, we monitored how much parties are promoted on commercial TVs and in print media. The analysis shown that amounts which parties paid for advertising are significantly higher from those ones registered in reports.
Using PVT method, CDT published the first projection of results around 22h while the final results, based on 100% of sample, were published after an hour.
PROJECTS - ELECTIONSBuilding trust in elections
We monitored the work of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption, signed Memorandum on cooperation with the Agency and analyzed its work and role in the electoral period as well.
PROJECTS - ELECTIONSCampaign “Vote freely”
In order to encourage citizens to report if their right is violated, we signed Memorandum on cooperation with VDT and cooperated with the office of Ombudsman as well.
Additionally, in cooperation with four local NGOs (Fenomeni, OzON, Aktivna zona, Budva 2020) we informed citizens about electoral rights and procedure of voting.
In cooperation with Viber we created Viber Public Chat during the parliamentary elections and it allowed us to more objectively inform citizens about electoral issues.
PROJECTS - ELECTIONSMapping electoral results
PROGRAM AREA – GOOD GOVERNANCEOUR RESULTS
The implementation of recommendations will contribute to increasing of accountability and transparency of the Government through the improvement of a system of planning of policies and measuring of their performance and effects.
In cooperation with a regional network ACTIONSEE we created a methodology, which will measure openness of all branches of power on national and local levels in MNE, but also in the regional countries.
PROJECTS – GOOD GOVERNANCEFighting corruption in the Balkans
Policies, studies and the Civil Society Strategy and Joint Strategic Programme for Good Governance and Anti-Corruption in Southeast Europe until 2020 were created on the basis of research results.
PROJECTS – GOOD GOVERNANCERegional index of openness
PROGRAM AREA – GOOD GOVERNANCEOpen judiciary
Also, within this project we organized trainings regarding public relations for representatives of Montenegrin judiciary.
PROGRAM AREA – GOOD GOVERNANCEVisualization of property records
On the website property records of the Government's members, showing financial state of decision-makers, are presented.
However, unclear and inaccurate data from property records of officials, who performed their fuctions in the previous 10 years, still represent a problem.
PROJECTS – GOOD GOVERNANCEOpenness of prosecution
Also, we organized the conference where heads of prosecution, media editors, representatives of NGO sector from Montenegro and region participated.
PROGRAM AREA - INTEGRATIONOUR RESULTS
Because of that we had a number of activities – from events in Info center, numerous activities on terrain and direct communication with a huge number of citizens to the campaign in online and traditional media.
We researched transparency of the intelligence and proposed recommendations for improvement of this area by a policy.
We also controlled if institutions meet obligations from annual national plans (ANP) and negotiations with NATO, as well as obligations from Action plan for negotiations with the EU within the negotiating Chapter 24 (justice, freedom and safety)
PROJECTS - INTEGRATION NATO after Warsaw: influence on Montenegro
The aim of the conference was initiating a new kind of dialogue regarding NATO – from the position of a responsible and full-fledged member of the Alliance.
PROJECTS - INTEGRATIONSAnd in the Info center...
PROGRAM AREA - CIVIL SOCIETYOUR RESULTS
Through a participation in public debates and cooperation with Open platform we tried to affect changes of legal framework regarding OCD work.
We continued with monitoring of civil sector progress through the preparation of CSO Sustainability Index.
Within the participation in the work of the Commission for allocation of a part of revenues from games of chance we tried to affect the improvement of transparency and quality of process for allocation of revenues for projects of NGOs.
PROJECTS - CIVIL SOCIETYCSO Sustainability Index
It is intended for assessing progress of civil sector since it examines the overall environment for the development of civil society through seven dimensions: legal framework, organizational capacity, financial sustainability, advocacy, providing services, infrastructure and public image of CSO.
PROJECTS - CIVIL SOCIETYYour town, your money, your choice
We also organized a panel discussion for collecting citizens’ proposals on creating the budget of the Capital city.
We hope that we will continue with cooperation towards achieving joint aims.