SELDI Partner from Romania
Romanian Academic Society (SAR)
Postal address: Strada Mihai Eminescu, nr. 61, Bucureşti, Sector 2, cod poştal 020071
The Romanian Academic Society (SAR) is the longest-standing think tank still active in Romania. Established in 1996 as an academic association of reputable figures, throughout the years it has operated as a public policy research institute, a leading force in the promotion of good governance, a consultant of the Romanian Government and of other governments, a long-haul partner during the transition and state reform processes for the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Union, pre- and post-accession. Other NGOs have donors. We have partners who fund our ideas, activism and research projects. SAR’s most resounding successes, from the Law of Free Access to Information to the enforcement of the flat tax, were all self-funded. The Coalition for a Clean Parliament was a voluntary project. Our good governance activities have been undertaken voluntarily for several years now and they are run through the Alliance for a Clean Romania. Such action is indispensable on the Romanian scene, where collective action is still deficient, despite the fact that it forms the basis of every realistic option for change.
Aside from its involvement in good governance coalitions, the SAR mission reflects all those things left unfinished after fifteen years of efforts and numerous successes. Namely, SAR aims to create an evidence based policy-making framework by:
- providing public policy training for young experts in the state, profit and non-profit sectors, for civil servants, for political figures and for the academia, via informed debates, public policy analysis seminars organized in cooperation with our international partners, as well as original research projects;
- promoting realistic, democratic-consultation-based solutions to public policy issues in public forums;
- contributing to good governance and development through our policy research;
- contributing to the European integration of Romania, Western Balkan countries and Moldova through transfer of best practices and advocacy;
- enhancing the contribution of independent policy institutes to the process of policy formulation through advocacy and public debate;
- contributing to the (re)building of the applied social sciences and public policy fields in Romania and South-Eastern Europe, after fifty years of communism.
SAR does not promote a certain ideology. We believe that evidence based policy-making is non-ideologic, although we believe it cannot function without such values as individualism, the observance of human rights and social solidarity. SAR is an open institution for all those who meet our academic standards, based on a network of over one hundred experts hailing from Romania and international academic institutions.