Country snapshots, elite survey reports and papers delivered to the conference
The regional conference organised on 11 and 12 June 2019 offered a unique opportunity to discuss among religious leaders, politicians, academia and civil society leaders of the region, how we can enhance societal and policy mechanisms to better respond to future challenges with regards to religion in society.
To foster the debate, IDM and its regional partners drafted this conference volume, which explores the role of religion in Western Balkan societies. Given the uniqueness of our project, the first of its kind in the region, our call for evidence-based analysis garnered a high level of interest from researchers and practitioners from the region and beyond. Their findings are complimented by contextual research carried out by partner organisations in individual countries. Combined, this research enhances response mechanisms for policymakers and the society to face challenges, explore opportunities, and foster stakeholder capacities.
This study was conducted in the framework of the Project “Exploring the role of Religion in the Western Balkan societies” with the support of a grant of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs awarded in the framework of the Human Rights Fund. The objectives, proper implementation and results of this project constitute responsibility for the implementing organization – Institute for Democracy and Mediation. Any views or opinions presented in this project are solely those of the implementing organisation and do not necessarily represent those of the Dutch Government.