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This publication - The Balkan Human Corridor - is a collection of essays from scholars and opinion makers in Southeast Europe. Contributing authors explore some of the thorniest issues concerning national capacity andsecurity. Our publication is offered to policy-makers in concerned countries, as well as leaders in Northern and Western Europe who are grappling with the national andcollective response to the crisis. The publication is part of abroader project undertaken by the Program on Peace-buildingand Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Studyof Human Rights. The “Southeast Europe DialogueProject” fosters contact, communication, and cooperationbetween officials, politicians, journalists, and civil society in Athens and Skopje. The Project seeks to derive practical benefitsfor civil society. It also tries to create an improvedclimate conducive to resolution of bilateral issue.

Numan Aruch

24 Dec 2015

Numan Aruch was born in 1972 in Gostivar. He completed the primary and secondary education in Gostivar. He is a Doctor of philosophical sciences, and his specialty is the Philosophy of Averroes, Islamic and Turkish-Ottoman philosophy. He completed his BSC, MA and PhD at the largest and most prestigious Marmara University, Istanbul-Turkey. His PhD was on the philosophical topic “Educational philosophy of Averroes” at the Department of Philosophy of the Institute of Social Sciences at the Marmara University, Istanbul, in 2002.

Since 2004 he has been employed at the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, at the Centre for Strategic Research, where he works today as a Professor. He is a member of world philosophical associations and turkophonic organizations.

Numan Aruch is а founding member of the Foundation Alliance of Civilizations in Macedonia.

Nenad Markovikj is an associate professor at the political science department of the Law Faculty “Justinian I” - Ss. Cyril and Methodius University. He has obtained his MA degree at the European Regional Master Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in Southeast Europe (ERMA) – University of Sarajevo/University of Bologna in 2003. Professor Markovikj defended his PhD thesis in 2010 at his home university. The topic was “The impact of civil society organizations on the democratic transition and consolidation in the Republic of Macedonia.” He is founder and a senior researcher in the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” – Skopje and a member of the editorial board of the quarterly magazine “Political thought”. His main interests are political theory, political philosophy, nationalism, civil society, political culture/myth etc.

Nenad Markovikj is а founding member of the Foundation Alliance of Civilizationsin Macedonia. 

The Foundation Alliance of Civilizations FAOC and Ivanov School of Leaders Alumni Association ISLAA organized the Erasmus+ Project Application Workshop (PAW), a four-day long workshop dedicated to project proposal writing for the EU Erasmus+ Programme.

Erasmus+ PAW gathered the members of FAOC and ISLAA, as well as other interested participants in preparing project proposals for the 2016 Erasmus+ Call for Proposals. During the process of writing, the participants were trained and guided by an expert in the field of Erasmus + project proposal writing.

Erasmus+ PAW was focused on the following Erasmus + sub-programs:

Participants were divided in groups depending on their field of interest and expertise and started working on the project proposals during the seminar. The follow up activities include mentoring during the project proposal writing and an additional workshop for fine tuning of the project proposals before their submission.

The four-day long workshop was held at the People’s Office of the President of Macedonia on 22-25 December from 17:00h to 20:00h.

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This fund established by the Foundation Alliance of Civilizations will serve to support the implementation of micro community projects focused on helping socially vulnerable categories within society. The first recipients of the community development fund will be members of the Ivanov School of Leaders Alumni Association. The projects will be created and implemented by the young leaders on volunteering basis.

In addition to helping people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance, these projects will aim at increasing awareness of the conditions in which socially vulnerable groups live and opportunities for their improvement.

global baku forum logoNizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC) from Baku, Azerbejan will be hosting 20 young leaders (ages 18-27 ages) to participate in the 4th Global Baku Forum titled "Towards a Multipolar World" to be held on 10-11th March 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Through NGIC's first three years in existence, their meetings have brought together more than 100 current and former heads of State and Government, and hundreds of leaders from the public, private sectors and civil society.

The Global Baku Forum has already become premier event in the region, providing an opportunity for distinguished leaders and thinkers to discuss the ways and means to overcome some of the world's most pressing challenges.

Interested candidates will participate in a rigorous and thorough selection process, designed to identify the most promising young leaders from around the world. The Macedonian partner in this endeavor is the Foundation Alliance of Civilizations.

The selection process includes an essay competition:

1) Leadership Essay (up to 500 words): Describe one specific example where you exercised leadership. The essay should examine your personal characteristics that constitute your potential for leadership including: the ability to anticipate upcoming trends; the ability to inspire others to join in an effort to create change; and the character, values, and determination to persevere despite difficult and changing circumstances; or any other personal characteristics that you think are key to your success as a leader.

2) Current Affairs Essay (up to 500 words): Choose an issue in contemporary social, international, business, environmental, diplomatic, arts, or other policy that is of interest to you. This essay should lay out the current factors and trends influencing the topic and make a realistic recommendation of how local, national, or international leaders should intervene to contribute to a more peaceful and prosperous future.

The Election Committee includes former presidents and globally acknowledged scholars.

Deadline for the essays: 10th of January 2016.
Finalists notified: 5th of February of 2016.

All the expenses of the confirmed participants will be taken care of by the organizers (visa; air ticket; accommodation and meals).

Send your essays and CVs to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ideas for Action (I4A) Club is a national, informal organization aiming to promote and encourage higher national and regional participation in the Ideas for Action initiative by the World Bank and Wharton University of Pennsylvania. Our main activities include organization of promotional events, team building, skills enhancement, and consultation on project management.

TheIdeas for Action Competition(I4A) competition engages young people around the world to encourage them to develop and share their ideas for financing solutions to deliver the post-2015 development agenda. It is a youth competition on financing for development jointly launched in November 2014 by the World Bank Group and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Introductory Seminar

The Foundation Alliance of Civilizations organized the I4A Introductory Seminar which was held on 19 December at the Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology, IZIIS, University "Ss. Cyril and Methodius".

The seminar was dedicated to introducing the I4A initiative and guidelines for the second I4A competition, with a unique opportunity to discuss the competition with Prof. Djordjija Petkoski - Lecturer and Senior Fellow, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.

- Welcome speech by Prof. Zoran Ilievski (Chairman of the Board of FAOC)
- Presentation of the post 2015 goals
- Presentation of I4A initiative and guidelines for application
- Video conference with Prof. Djordjija Petkoski, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania
- Networking platform

About the competition: The World Bank and the Wharton School are hosting the second Ideas for Action competition to provide young leaders from around the world with a unique opportunity to shape the international development agenda.

Small groups of students and young professionals will develop new approaches to financing and implementing the UN’s newly approved Sustainable Development Goals. The finalists and winners will be selected by a panel of academics and experienced development professionals from public and private sector institutions. Winners of the competition get the opportunity to present their ideas at the Spring and Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group, receive support from a project incubator at the Wharton School, and will benefit from unique networking opportunities with experts from international development, academia, and the private sector.

To learn more about the next round of competition, please visit:!ideascompetition/ccl3

To download the "Financing Sustainable Development: Ideas for Action", the book by Prof. Djordjija Petkoski, please visit:

To see the electronic version of Wharton Magazine article on the Ideas for Action, please visit:

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