ANNUAL REPORTCDT in 2015
This symbolic moment was a good occasion to remind ourselves of how the organization evolved and how much it progressed, but also of all the people who have contributed to that.
The year 2015 was definitely the most successful year in our work so far!
In recent years, CDT has developed a system of measuring success, by which we try to evaluate our own results - not what we have done - but what we have achieved and how we have contributed to the change we strive for.
In that sense, we are proud of the results of the organization, consistency and proper operation, and directing resources towards realization of what our vision and mission are.
In 2015, we also received "five stars" for transparency from Transparify initiative, and thereby we have been declared as one of the most transparent research centers in the world.
Transparify included in its research more than 160 research organizations from 47 countries, and assessed the extent to which they publish funding sources, assigning them up to five stars depending on the level of disclosure of information.
We thank them all of them for trusting us and we hope to continue our cooperation towards achieving the common goals!
PROGRAM AREA - ELECTIONSOur results
By monitoring financing of political parties and participating in drafting by-laws of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption, we influenced the increase of transparency and legality of financing of political parties and election campaigns.
Through press releases, articles and media appearances, we increased the awareness of citizens about the new solutions in the electoral legislation, in particular on the new electronic system of voter identification.
Our activities in this program area were supported by the Royal Netherlands Embassy and Commission for allocation of part of revenue from games of chance
PROGRAM AREA - ELECTIONOur activities
PROJECT Building Trust in Elections
At the same time, we participated in consultations with government institutions in preparation of the beginning of work of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption.
Shortly afterwards, in response to an initiative from the Conference conclusions, a dialogue was launched on the need for establishing a parliamentary working body that would monitor the process of implementation of the electoral legislation, which in December 2015 has resulted in establishment of the Working Group of parliamentary dialogue to prepare free elections.
Our representatives took part in the sessions of the Working Group.
PROGRAM AREA - GOOD GOVERNANCEOur results
In cooperation with the institutions, we contributed to better implementation of the Law on Free Access to Information in part of proactive disclosure of information and implementation of penalty policy in this area.
PROGRAM AREA - GOOD GOVERNANCEOur activities
PROJECTInitiative for transparent state prosecutor's office
The State Prosecutor's Office in 2015 reached full compliance with the Law on Free Access to Information, in the part of a proactive approach.
As a result of joint work, the Public Relations Strategy of the State Prosecutor's Office was prepared, as well as the Action Plan for its implementation.
PROJECTFrom free access to information to open institutions
In 2015, Agency in charge of supervising the Law started applying penalty policy against violators of the Law, which was one of the recommendations of CDT.
PROJECT Corruption and Anti-corruption
RESEARCHCoordination of policies of the Government
To this end, we offered decision makers a policy paper proposal entitled "Planning, measurement and reporting leveraging success of government policies".
NATO and EU
PROGRAM AREA - NATO AND EUOur results
We contributed to increasing public support for NATO membership, through communication with decision-makers, representatives of the international community, and constant direct communication with citizens.
We participated in creation of the Resolution on support for Montenegro's integration into NATO, which was adopted by the Parliament of Montenegro in September 2015. CDT advocated adoption of this Resolution since 2013 and it enhanced its text with an amendment, which further affirmed commitment to strengthen the rule of law.
We contributed to the text of the Joint Declaration of the EU-Montenegro Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee on transparency and inclusiveness of the process of Montenegro's accession to the EU.
PROGRAM AREA - NATO AND EUOur activities
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the US Embassy and the British Embassy.
PROJECT Tourism and security
After the meeting with the EU-MNE Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee, a joint declaration was adopted calling for more political responsibility and greater ownership of the process of accession in Montenegro, and timely disclosure of the most important documents of the accession process.
PROGRAM AREA - CIVIL SOCIETYOur results
Civil Society House the Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Government of Montenegro and the Capital City for construction of the house.
Development of a new resource center will contribute to a more open and challenging atmosphere for the work of NGOs, improve inter-sectoral cooperation and help increase public influence, importance and visibility of activities of NGOs.
Through development of the Sustainability Index, we continued to measure and moniotor the progress of the civil sector in Montenegro.
Our activities in this program area were supported by: the USAID/MSI, the US Embassy in Podgorica, the German Embassy through OSCE and Balkan Trust for Democracy.
We participated in formation of the Open Platform, an informal network of NGOs, which was launched to promote dialogue within civil society and initiate solutions that will improve the current status, image and perception of the public, institutions and privatesector on the role and benefits that the community and the citizens of Montenegro have of the civil sector.
PROGRAM AREA - CIVIL SOCIETYOur activities
PROJECT Sustainability Index
INITIATIVERespect Life, Return Weapons
The objectives of the campaign were to raise public awareness about the dangers and harmful effects of illegal weapons possession, reduce the amount of illegal weapons and educate citizens about their rights and obligations related to this field.
The project enabled young people to get involved in decision-making processes more actively through the creative work, education and campaign.
INITIATIVEYour money, your city, your choice
CDT submitted to the Secretariat of Finance of the Capital City about 80 citizens proposals from ten local communities, which mainly related to equipping of children’s playgrounds, green spaces, equipping of sports polygons, sidewalks, street lighting ...
PROGRAM AREA - ICT Our results
In line with modern design trends we created a new visual identity.
We improved the quality of visual solutions and maximized interaction with citizens on social networks.
and the US Embassy in Sarajevo.
In 2015, with mentoring of experts in this field, for the first time we developed a mobile application that would facilitate access to citizens of Montenegro to obtaining information held by government institutions.
With the assistance of experts from the region and Europe, we worked on the set of data in the field of conflict of interest in order to enable the public to get access to data from property records of public officials in a simple and interesting manner.
CDT INFO 2015.
CDT is a member of...
ACTION SEE network of NGOs that work together to promote and facilitate government accountability and transparency in the region of South-East Europe, through raising the potential for civic activism and citizen participation.
ENEMO network of 23 NGOs from the countries of Europe and Eurasia dealing with citizens electoral monitoring.