Mission statement

SEE Change Net is a think tank that campaigns for better governance, a higher quality of life and a more efficient use of resources in South East Europe.

Introduction

SEE Change Net was founded in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 2012. As SEE Change Net deals with sustainable development issues, the ‘SEE’ stands for Social, Economic, and Environmental – which are the three pillars of sustainable development and must be in harmony for long term, people centered development to occur.

Who we are

We currently have 5 employees and 17 CSO partners.

Leadership

The SEE Change Net Foundation is governed by a three-member Steering Board. An Advisory Board also supports the Foundation’s work on a range of strategic issues.

Administration

The administration staff oversees office and IT infrastructure, human resources, finance, grant administration and organisational development.

Communications

The communications team takes care of internal and external communications, digital and print publications and media relations.

Programmes

We work in three policy areas: Good Governance, Quality of Life and Resource Efficiency.

Objectives and activities

As written in the Foundation’s Statutes, the objectives and activities of SEE Change Net Foundation are:

  • Establishment of cooperation between and provision of support to various institutions and organisations dealing with the problems of civil society, science, policy making, state administration and local self-governance; finding long-term solutions for all generations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, rebuilding good relations and striving to increase cooperation between the countries of the region;
  • Assistance in creating a more favourable climate in the field of environmental protection with the enlargement of social connections;
  • Support and assistance in promoting reports, studies, appraisals, analysis, opinions, examination of documents, plans, programmes, perspectives, strategies, policies, cartographic studies and other similar documents;
  • Organisation of conferences, seminars, symposiums, meetings, courses, workshops and similar, toward reaching the Foundation’s objectives;
  • Issuance of multimedia materials in the field of the Foundation’s activities and objectives;
  • Exchange of knowledge, experiences, expertise and information with foundations with similar or overlapping aims in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad, and with other actors that support and assist in promoting the matters that the Foundation advocates for;
  • Exchange of experiences with all relevant institutions and organisations in the country and abroad, toward carrying out the Foundation’s activities.

Regional context

The SEE region, consisting of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, has experienced the triple transition from conflict to peace, central planning to free-market economies, and socialism to fledgling democracies. On the near future time-horizon lies the tantalizing prospect of EU membership, with Croatia already entering the EU on June 1 2013, and other countries still racing for the position.

The SEE region still lacks sustainability, and is being undermined by negative development trends. There is perhaps no region better placed to leapfrog all the mistakes ‘Old Europe’ has already made and become a model for sustainable development in New Europe, but the challenges are substantial.

About the name and logo

‘SEE Change’ is also a pun on the phrase “Sea Change”, that comes from Ariel’s wonderfully evocative song in William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, and we have come to refer to a “sea change” as being a profound transformation.

The logo is a distorted set of Borromean rings, meaning three mutually interlocked rings, no two of which are linked, so if any one of the rings is cut, all three fall apart. In sustainable development the three rings represent the interplay of Economy, Ecology and Society and the point of intersection of all three represents a sustainable development solution. Since the region suffers from a type of development that tends to discount environment and citizens, our logo is a broken set of Borromean rings representing the dysfunctional nature of development. It was designed by Imelda Ramović.