The Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe

Centers for Pluralism

The Centers for Pluralism (CfP) program was begun in 1992 by the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe in a region-wide effort to support democratic development through common initiatives and cross-border cooperation among independent non-governmental organizations trying to rebuild civic life on the rubble of communism. It was the first regional response to address the common challenges being faced by democratic activists in all postcommunist countries and has brought together civic forces across geographic, national, ethnic, and religious borders in an effort to share experiences, build common programs, and foster a regional community dedicated to pluralist and democratic values.

Centers for Pluralism are NGOs having broad civic programs and a regional focus that are selected as coordinating points for civic development within their own countries and centers of cooperation for NGOs in other countries. There are now twenty Centers in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Chechnya, Crimea, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and Slovakia. IDEE provides assistance to help Centers develop their own programs as well as establish cross-border contacts and cooperation with NGOs in other countries. Additionally, IDEE furthers NGO development through a small grants program that has helped nearly 100 NGOs.

Centers for Pluralism and CfP Partner Organizations meet semi-annually to exchange information and experiences, develop common programs, and network to strengthen civil society in the region. Common programs have been developed addressing similar problems faced in postcommunist countries, such as the need for civic education, assistance to emerging NGOs, teaching young political leaders in democratic theory and practice, training NGO management skills, fostering inter-ethnic tolerance, and promoting independent and cross-border monitoring of elections. A regional internship program gives NGO activists the opportunity to gain concrete information and experiences from counterparts in other countries. As a result of Centers for Pluralism initiatives, participating NGOs have expanded their programs, capabilities, contacts, and funding, allowing them to reach a broader community of thousands of NGOs and activists throughout the region.

The Centers for Pluralism program brings this broader community together through its information data base and clearinghouse of over 5,000 NGOs and through the Centers for Pluralism Newsletter, which is published in English, Russian, Azeri, Belarusan, and Ukrainian editions. The Newsletter publishes useful information for NGOs in areas of management, fundraising, programming, and civic education, and lists the activities and contact information of more than 1,000 NGOs. In addition to fostering contacts among NGOs across borders, the Newsletter serves as a key resource for Western donors and other organizations providing assistance in the region.

Centers for Pluralism

Armenian National Committee of the Helsinki 
Citizens Assembly 
19a Koryun st., IV floor
Yerevan 375009, ARMENIA
Tel: (374-1) 520 974, 521957
E-mail: [email protected]
Anahit Bayandour, Director
D. Aliyeva Society for the Protection of Womens'
2y Mirza Mansur 4-6
370004 Baku, AZERBAIJAN
Tel: +994 12 97 2108
E-mail: [email protected]
INAM Center for Pluralism
Mehdi Huseyn Street 79/35
37000 Baku, AZERBAIJAN
Tel/Fax: (994-12) 92-03-56
E-mail: [email protected]
Vahid Gazi, Director
Supolnosc - Civic Society Center
a/s Box 208
220040 Minsk, BELARUS
Tel/Fax: (375-17) 234-0797
E-mail: [email protected]
Vincuk Viacorka, Chairman
Forum of Tuzla Citizens 
Titiva St. 1 
Tel: (387-75)250 702 
Fax: (387-75)251 279 
E-mail: [email protected] 
Vehid Sehic, President
Center for Pluralism
22 Venelin Street Ap. 79
10000 Sofia, BULGARIA
Tel/Fax: (359-2) 980-5446
E-mail: [email protected]
Mikhail Berov, President
STINA Press Agency
Setaliste Bacvice 10/1
21000 Split, CROATIA
Tel/Fax: (385-21) 488-945
               (385-21) 488-936
E-mail:  [email protected]
Stojan Obradovic, Editor in Chief
Tel: (7095) 746-3607
E-mail: [email protected]
Lecha Iliasov, Director
Jaan Tonisson Institute
Endla 4, EE 0001
Tallinn, ESTONIA
Tel: (372-6) 263-160
Fax: (372-6) 263-152
E-mail: [email protected]
Agu Laius, Executive Director
Center for Development and Cooperation
11 A.Chavchavadze Str. 
Tbilisi, 380008, GEORGIA
Tel/Fax: (995 32) 936115
E-mail: [email protected]
Ivlian Haindrava, Program Director
Civic Development International Center
7 Gudiashvili St. 
380007 Tbilisi, GEORGIA
Tel: (995-32)998-095
Fax: (995-32) 998-095
E-mail: [email protected]
Levan Berdzenishvili, Chairman
IDP Womens' Association
16 Kikadze Str.
Tbilisi, GEORGIA 
Tel: (995 32) 98 35 60
Fax (995 32) 98 35 60
E-mail: [email protected]
Julia Kharashvili, Executive Director
Democracy After Communism
Eotvos u. 24
1067 Budapest, HUNGARY
Tel/ Fax: (36-1) 302-2947
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Peter Bozsay, Secretary General
Kosova Action for Civic Initiatives (KACI) 
Tringa Ismajli Str. 1/1 
38000 Pristina, KOSOVO 
Tel: (381-38) 243-456 
Fax: (381-38) 243-456
E-mail: [email protected]
Ylber Hysa, Chairman
Civil Society Against Corruption
107 Kiyevskaya Str. App. 310
Tel: (996 312) 61 11 92
Fax: (996 312) 61 04 10
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Tolekan Ismailova, Chairperson
Center for Civic Initiative
St. Borka Taleski 228
97500 Prilep, MACEDONIA
Tel: 389 48 400 480
Tel/Fax: 389 48 25 125
E-mail: [email protected]
Goce Todorski
Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM)
ul. Mose Pijade 40
81000 Podgorica, MONTENEGRO
Tel: 381 81 636668
Fax: 381 81 623091
E-mail: [email protected]
Srdjan Darmanovic, Director
Foundation for Pluralism
Str. Tincani nr 3n-
B1. 8231 SC2, Ap. 61, sector 6
Bucharest 1, ROMANIA
Tel/Fax: (402-1) 212-5143
E-mail: [email protected] 
Luminita Petrescu, President
Alexa Babes, Program Director
Liga Pro Europa
Piata Trandafirilor nr. 5, P.O. Box 1-154
4300 Tirgu Mures, ROMANIA
Tel/Fax: (402-65) 250-183/250-182
E-mail: [email protected]
Smaranda Enache, Co-Director
Istvan Haller, Co-Director
Karta/Memorial -Ryazan
3 Kostiushko St.
390000 Ryazan, RUSSIA
Tel/Fax: (7 0912) 214- 858
E-mail: [email protected]
Andrei Blinushov, Director
Julia Sereda, Editor
Civic Initiatives
Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 79/V floor
11000 Belgrade, YUGOSLAVIA
Tel/Fax: (381-11) 24-24-800, 24-24-603, 24-23-545, 422-302
E-mail: [email protected]
Miljenko Dereta and Dubravka Velat, Co- Directors
Crimean Teachers' Council
43 Ostrovskogo St.
 98400 Bakhchisaray, UKRAINE
 Tel:  380 6554 47 111
 Fax:  380 6554 47 859
E-mail:  [email protected]
 Dilara Setveliyeva, Chairperson
Rebirth of Crimea Foundation
Rechnya str. 125 "a"
98400 Bakhchisaray, UKRAINE
Tel: (380-6554) 434 00
Fax: (380-6554) 434 07
E-mail:[email protected]
Lutfi Osman, Director