7th RRPP Annual Conference took place on 2-3 September 2016 in Tirana, Albania

The final RRPP Annual Conference “Is Western Balkans Changing in the Social, Political and Economic Terms?” brought together over 100 young and senior researchers from the region and beyond.

CELAP also had its representative at the conference. Mirjana Nećak, CELAP’s researcher, along with Ana Marija Ivković, from CELAP’s partner organization, presented the results of our empirical research on the functioning of the social protection systems, conducted within the RRPP programme.

The conference was inaugurated with the welcoming speech by Swiss Ambassador to Albania, H.E. Christoph Graf, and the keynote speech by Mr Dušan Reljić, from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. It was followed by three panels on: Prospects of the Balkan Countries in Times of European Uncertainty; Informal Institutions, Corruption and Clientelism in the Western Balkans and RRPP’s Legacy in the Western Balkans, as well as with five scientific workshops and the Research Fair.

CELAP presented two of its publications at the Research Fair: “Gender Upbringing and Education: (Im)Possible Dialogue” and “Poverty, Rurality, Gender: Research of the Functioning of the Social Protection System in Rural Areas of Serbia” (in Serbian). Both our presentation and publications attracted great attention of other researchers from Serbia and abroad.

The RRPP Programme has undoubtedly contributed to the regional research cooperation and research quality, guiding the scholars throughout the whole research process towards valid findings and recommendations applicable in practice.