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What is PROVIDUS? 


Providus has been Latvia’s leading public policy think tank since 2002. Our mission is to promote evidence-based policy and open society values. Providus is a public benefit non governmental organization. In cooperation with other think tanks in the Baltic Sea region, we aim to build a pan-Baltic network of public policy expertise. Read

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PROVIDUS' Annual Report (2019) 


Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS' Annual Report (2019). Read


Mapping the ecosystem in which social economy enterprises operate, including access to public procurement contracts 

Author:Agnese Frīdenberga

Research for the project "Buying for social impact: Good practice from around the EU" Read


Report "Examples of civic involvement in the municipalities of Latvia" 


The purpose of the report is to identify the most commonly used forms of civic involvement in the municipalities of Latvia, which the municipality and/or the residents have found to be successful and which could encourage both the municipalities and the local communities to seek successful ways for cooperation and involvement in their territories. Read


Conference "The 5-year lessons of managing asylum in Europe: How to implement a successful integration strategy" 


The National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM) is a six-years long transnational project which aims to prepare key actors in the integration field in 15 EU Member States to better face the current challenges and improve the integration outcomes of beneficiaries of international protection. Conflict situations tend to last longer, and it takes currently on average 17 years, before refugees fleeing civil wars may eventually have a chance to return to their home country. Hence, the long-term integration of newly arrived beneficiaries of international protection is without alternative and presents an immediate challenge for European societies. Read

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Conference "NDP2027: On our way to Nordic social policy" 


The think tank Providus along with the Friedrich Ebert foundation invites you to the conference “NDP2027: on our way to Nordic social policy?” on October 16th. The aim of the conference is to contribute to the public consultation process launched as part of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2021-2027. Decision-makers, experts as well as the general public will evaluate key proposals of the first draft of the NDP.

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Conference "Public Engagement in Local Municipalities: Development and Innovations in Latvia and Europe" 


On October 18th, 2019 the Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS supported by the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany in Riga and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development is organising a conference on citizen engagement and participatory budgeting "Public Engagement in Local Municipalities: Development and Innovations in Latvia and Europe".


How Latvia protected its elections in year 2018? 


A video about activities Latvia's non-governmental organisations undertook in order to protect fair elections. Read

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The European benchmark for refugee integration: A comparative analysis of the National Integration Evaluation Mechanism in 14 EU countries 

Author:Agnese Lāce, Rasmuss Filips Geks

This report on the implementation of various areas of integration policy towards beneficiaries of international protection in Latvia is the result of an evaluation of migration and integration policies in the EU Member States implemented as part of the project “The National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM)”. Read


Representative Democracy in the EU: Recovering Legitimacy 

Author:Iveta Kažoka, Rasmuss Filips Geks, Kārlis Bukovskis, Elizabete Vizgunova

Representative democracy is beset by a crisis of legitimacy across the world, but in Europe this crisis is compounded by the inadequacy of national governments to address citizens’ frustrations and to achieve transnational unity on common issues. How representative are national parliaments in their decision-making on EU matters?