Civil society

Civic Engagement key text

 

A series of short TV documentaries about life in Bosnia and Hercegovina 20 years after the start of the 1992-95 war which tore the country apart.

The films, produced by IWPR and Mebius Film, feature people whose lives were changed by the war, but who managed to overcome ethnic and political divisions at the worst of times. They are stories of humanity and moral courage, of people coping with the consequences of war as best they can, and hoping for a better future.

The films were produced under IWPR's Programme for the Western Balkans and the ICTY, funded by the Norwegian government.

Natalya Yantsen, director of the Foundation for Building a Culture of Taxation, an NGO in Kazakstan. (Photo courtesy of N. Yantsen)
24 Oct 13
Long-awaited legislation on state funding fails to address issues of concern.
Suad holds up a placard saying "ISIS prisons=regime prisons". (Photo: Zaina Erhaim)
9 Oct 13
When government forces held the city, she protested against their violence. Now she is standing up to a powerful Islamic militia.
Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan (centre) with Catholicos Garegin II, Catholicos Aram I of Cilicia and other top clerics at Etchmiadzin. (Photo: Etchmiadzin See press service)
7 Oct 13
Bishops gathered for rare assembly have some difficult issues to talk over.
30 Sep 13
Still seen as fairly safe, Jaramana has become a refuge for people displaced by fighting elsewhere.
27 Sep 13
Couples describe difficulty of winning acceptance when they marry across faith divides.
A pilgrim heads slowly for the St Lazarus shrine near Havana. (Photo: Walfrido Lopez Rodriguez/Flickr)
3 Jan 13
Shrine of St Lazarus focus of uniquely Cuban festival.
A Bahraini opposition movement poster. (Photo: Crethi Plethi) The wooden Cathedral of the Ascension in Almaty was completed in 1907 and is one of the very few older buildings to have survived earthquakes and urban planning. (Photo: Ken and Nyetta/Flickr) Conditions in the oil workers' hostel in Bakikhanli are basic. (Photo: Nancy Talibova) Natalya Yantsen, director of the Foundation for Building a Culture of Taxation, an NGO in Kazakstan. (Photo courtesy of N. Yantsen) Church of Surb Nshan/St Nicholas in Tbilisi. (Photo: Arnold Stepanyan) A pilgrim heads slowly for the St Lazarus shrine near Havana. (Photo: Walfrido Lopez Rodriguez/Flickr)
Korsh Ararat, an ornithologist with the Italian-funded group Nature Iraq, which like many Iraqi NGOs is suffering the effects of dwindling funding. (Photo: Nature Iraq) A Jehovah's Witness gathering in Armenia. (Photo: Nazik Armenakyan) Suad holds up a placard saying "ISIS prisons=regime prisons". (Photo: Zaina Erhaim) Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan (centre) with Catholicos Garegin II, Catholicos Aram I of Cilicia and other top clerics at Etchmiadzin. (Photo: Etchmiadzin See press service)