CSF 2023 Road to Tirana, SCiDEV’s Contribution

CSF 2023 Road to Tirana, SCiDEV’s Contribution

CSF 2023 Road to Tirana, SCiDEV’s Contribution

In the framework of the 2023 Tirana Civil Society and Think Tank Forum, SCiDEV led the thematic Working Group (TWG): “Advancing Inclusive Regional Mobility and Catalyzing Mobility-Driven Innovation and Knowledge Transfer in Western Balkans”.

This thematic working group focsed on exploring the potential of inclusive regional mobility in fostering regional cooperation and the creation of shared values among the WB6 countries and with the EU, as well as in catalyzing innovation through knowledge exchange, research and development collaborations, entrepreneurial networks, technology transfers, and by fostering a shared innovation ecosystem, in order to enhance the region’s competitiveness and promote its sustainable development.

A specific component was also the mobility-driven innovation and knowledge transfer that involves initiatives that leverage the movement of researchers, entrepreneurs, professionals, students, and experts within and beyond the region. This TWG  promoted the importance of the exchange of ideas, fostering research and development (R&D) collaborations, facilitating technology transfers, and stimulating entrepreneurial activities. By leveraging mobility as a catalyst for innovation and knowledge exchange, the WB6 can tap into the collective expertise, resources, and experiences available within and outside the region (including diaspora), accelerating their progress and integration into the European and global knowledge economy.

SCiDEV organised four consultation meetings with stakeholders from WB6 and the EU, one final public hybrid event, published a position paper with recommendations for the Leaders’ Summit of the Berlin Process and conducted advocacy visits in Sarajevo, Munich, Berlin, and Brussels. In conclusion, SCiDEV also hosted its final evented on 28 September 2023 and a panel discussion within CSF2023 activities on 15 October 2023 in Tirana.

Learn about our journey and contributions to the CSF 2023, in this recent document The Road to CSF Tirana 2023 prepared by the Open Society Foundations – Western Balkans (OSFWB) the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and the Cooperation and Development Institute (CDI).

About 2023 Tirana CSF

The 2023 Tirana CSF is a significant initiative that aims to create a platform for constructive and inclusive dialogue among civil society representatives, think-tankers, experts, and Governments from the Western Balkans and EU member states. By sharing best practices and developing policy recommendations, the CSF aims to foster regional cooperation, boost EU-related reforms, and support the accession process of the countries in the Western Balkans.

The 2023 Tirana CSF was organized by Open Society Foundations – Western Balkans (OSFWB), in cooperation with the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and the Cooperation and Development Institute (CDI), within the larger Berlin Process framework.