Khatuna Gogorishvili chaired the conferences.

Khatuna Gogorishvili chaired the conferences.

On 14-17 July, 2015, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, in co-operation with International Republican Institute (IRI), organized two conferences with local female politicians from Georgia. The participants who came from different regions of the country, and represented the opposition party, United National Movement (UNM), gathered in the Georgian village, Chakvi to discuss strategies for the future.

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Young participants from LDP.

Young participants from LDP.

Moldova is going through a difficult time. Corruption scandals have followed each other, forming a government has failed repeatedly since the parlamentary elections in November 2014, and nearly one billion dollar, fifteen percent of Moldova’s GDP, has disappeared from one of the country’s banks, questioning the role of the Moldovan political elite. (more…)

Khatuna Gogorishvili at conference with UNM Women.

Khatuna Gogorishvili at conference with UNM Women.

On 26-27 February, female politicians from the Georgian opposition party, United National Movement (UNM) met in order to discuss how women could gain more influence in politics. The conference took place in the small village of Kachreti in eastern Georgia, and the women participating were from all over Georgia. At the moment there is no female Mayor in the country and women in rural areas have it most difficult to pursue a political career. However, all women said they were fighting against old structures and attitudes.  (more…)

On February 13-15, 2015, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged two conferences with the Moldovan government party, Partidul Liberal Democrat Din Moldova (PLDM) in the capital of Moldova, Chisinau. Target groups were women and youth from the party, and the theme of the conferences was campaign and communication.

If things go as planned, there will be local elections in Moldova in June, but at the moment a political crisis has struck the country. Neither a Prime Minister, nor a government has been appointed. In November 2014, there was parliamentary election in the country and the time to form a government is running out. In the beginning of March there has to be a new Prime Minister who could select a government, otherwise there will be re-election.

Participants of the women's conference.

Participants of the women’s conference.

The majority of the votes in the 2014 election went to the pro-European parties, PLDM, and the Democratic Party (PDM), who were in the previous coalition, but together they do not have enough seats in Parliament to form a majority government. In order to get their political reforms through, they depend on the Communist Party. Pro-Russian Socialist Party, which unlike the Communist Party, does not want to move closer to the EU, will then be the largest opposition party. (more…)

In cooperation with the Turkish think-tank, Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT), Jarl Hjalmarson arranged a weekend seminar on the basics of a democratic and free society. The conference took place in Istanbul, November 21-23, 2014 and gathered students from different parts of Turkey. (more…)

Deltagare under konferensen

Deltagare under konferensen

Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT) is one of the leading think-tanks in Turkey and attracts students from all over the country to its seminars. The base is in Ankara, but April 11-13 2014, a number of students and university professors met in Istanbul to discuss the core values of democracy. The conference was organized together with Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and inspired by the book Principles for a Free Society, exclusively written by Dr. Nigel Asford for the Foundation. (more…)

In 2012, United National Movement (UNM), the party that Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation works with in Georgia lost the parliamentary elections. At the moment, UNM is in the middle of a transformation process, often followed by a loss of election. However, UNM has both lost and gained new members. Meanwhile, polls show that the support for the current Georgian Dream coalition government is decreasing with disappointed people still waiting for its promises to be realized. (more…)

Moldova is the country, among the former Soviet Union ones, that has succeeded the most in approaching the European Union. There is a strong support for European integration in the small state, situated between Romania and Ukraine, and independent in 1991. Russia has tried to involve Moldova in the Eurasia trade union but without success. Later in November, there will be election in Moldova and if the Communist Party comes to power, which is not to be excluded, the country might go in another, non-EU friendly direction. Today’s Moldova is governed by a coalition of liberal and social democratic parties. The party that Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation co-operates with, Partidul Liberal Democrat Din Moldova (PLDM) is part of the coalition. (more…)

On March 16 Serbia calls for re-election and the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organised last weekend together with the Moderate Party’s sister organisation United Regions of Serbia (URS, former G17+) a youth conference on campaign and communication in Belgrade, Serbia. (more…)

November 29 – December 2, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged together with SDA Academy a youth conference with youth from Party of Democratic Action (SDA). The conference took place in Fojnica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the topic was campaign and communication. (more…)