Useful Links

Council of Europe: Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform
Link http://www.coe.int/t/dgap/localdemocracy/Centre_Expertise/default_en.asp 
Description Support to CoE member states in the delivery of effective democratic local government.
UNDP, Democratic Governance in Europe and CIS
Link http://europeandcis.undp.org/governance/ 
Description UNDP Practice which tracks governance policy, promotes knowledge sharing, innovation and leadership, and contributes to influencing the regional discourse on governance.
LGI, Local Government and Public Reform Initiatives
Link http://lgi.osi.hu
Description The primary mission of LGI is to foster such cross-border cooperation and to support and disseminate throughout the region potentially important policy studies which should have a significant impact on public policy reform.
Governance & Anti-Corruption
Link http://www.worldbank.org/wbi/publicfinance
Description Governance & Anti-Corruption Learning Programs at the World Bank portal, disseminating conceptual guidance and lessons from practices and facilitating learning from each others’ experiences on ideas and practices that promote responsive, responsible and accountable public governance in developing countries.
OECD Network on Fiscal Relations across Levels of Government
Link http://www.oecd.org/department/0,3355,en_2649_35929024_1_1_1_1_1,00.html
Description The OECD Network on Fiscal Relations across Levels of Government provides analysis and statistical underpinnings on the relationship between central and subcentral government, and its impact on efficiency, equity and macroeconomic stability.
Forum of Federations
Link http://www.forumfed.org/en/index.php
Description The Forum is an international network on federalism that brings together practitioners, scholars to learn and share ideas and experiences.
OSI, Open Society Institute
Link http://www.soros.org
Description The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses.
LOGIN, The Local Government Information Network
Link http://www.logincee.org
Description The mission of LOGIN is to promote the professional development of local government officials and their staff and to strengthen the capabilities of organizations that support the reform of public administration at the local level. LOGIN will do this by facilitating the exchange of timely and useful information at the municipal, regional and national level throughout the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
PASOS, the Policy Association for an Open Society
Link http://www.pasos.org
Description PASOS promotes and protects open society values, including democracy, rule of law, good governance, respect for and protection of human rights, economic and social development by supporting policy centres.
CEU, Central European University, Budapest
Link http://www.ceu.hu
Description Central European University is an international university, its students come from over 60 countries, its faculty from more than 30-with the mix of nationalities increasing every year. The majority of the students are from Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. But CEU's continuing interest in Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Far East has attracted strong applicants from these parts of the world. And increasingly, CEU has also been able to welcome students from Western Europe and North America. ... Such an international profile is unusual in the sense that very few other universities can claim to have a student and a faculty body within which there is no particular national predominance; this relatively small community offers a richly dense international cross-section.
Note: the descriptions below were taken from the respective websites.