The project


Project Leader

Agenfor Italia,
Piazza Tre Martiri 43, 47900 Rimini RN, Italy
Tel. 0039 0541 709080  Fax. 0039 0541 432759




Centre for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria,
Forum for Ethnic Relations (Serbia),
Consiglio delle Relazioni Islamiche Italiane (CRII), Italy
Albanian Institute for International Studies(AIIS), Albania
SOSDER (Turkey),
Università Europea di Roma, Italy
Little People of Kosovo

Total Budget

€ 305.892,00


€ 244.714,00


24 months

Objectives of the Action

The overall objective is to improve the dialogue with and between religious minorities in WB and EU prisons, with the main scope of reducing the phenomenon of radicalization and clash of civilizations on a transnational basis.
Through this objective, we should guarantee a more appropriate respect for minorities inside the penitentiary systems, through a re-education methodology which takes into account their religious beliefs, their traditions and cultures.

Target Groups

a) Minorities organizations in the Western Balkans; b) Western Balkans prisons’ staff; c) Inmates in WB prisons

Final Beneficiaries

a) Law enforcement agencies ; b) local communities at large ; c) penitentiary systems ; d) inmates from religious and ethnic minorities

Final Beneficiaries

a) Law enforcement agencies ; b) local communities at large ; c) penitentiary systems ; d) inmates from religious and ethnic minorities

Estimated Results

a)Improved penitentiary system in Western Balkans area ; b)  Enhanced intercultural with vulnerable inmates coming from minorities inside prisons; c) Increased participation of CSOs in the prison and re-educational treatments; d) Improved competence of the prisons’ staff; e) Enhanced wellbeing and representation of inmates from minorities and vulnerable groups in Western Balkans prisons

Main Activities

Creation of a permanent platform of discussion on inter-religious and intercultural dialogue inside prisons; Focus Groups with stakeholders and experts ; Analysis of the acquis in the respect of minorities in penitentiary systems; Training of trainers; Recommendations for improved role of CSOs in the intercultural dialogue inside prisons; communication and disseminatio

These are the organizations involved in the PRISNET consortium.  These organizations have been working together to implement the project.


Agenfor is an Italian NGO with expertise in project management, in particular with a focus on development issues, human rights and democracy. Since 2000 and over the latest years, Agenfor has been extremely active in following a significant international strategy, particularly in the Mediterranean area and the Middle East, achieving considerable results and visibility through strategic projects, in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the European Commission. New desk offices have been opened in numerous foreign countries as support for the internationalization activities of the Ministry of Economic Development (New York, Erbil, Amman, Alger).




The Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS) is a non-governmental, non-profit research and policy institute created in recognition of the need for independent, in-depth analysis of the complex issues surrounding Albania's security.



The Center of Italian Islamic Relations is a non-governmental, non-profit association created for the promotion of a good integration of the Islamic Community in Italy.






The Center for the Study of Democracy is an interdisciplinary public policy institute dedicated to the values of democracy and market economy. CSD is a non-partisan, independent organization fostering the reform process in Bulgaria through impact on policy and civil society.



The NGO Little People of Kosovo aims to promote the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities and minorities. It serves to protect and ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities and minorities, their dignity and participation as equal members of society.



FER is one of the most important non-government networks of prominent scientists - experts from the territory of the former Yugoslavia, Europe and the USA which could, therefore, be an important actor in the democratization of ethnic relations and minority policy as well as the reconciliation of ethnic, religious and cultural groups in the formerly Yugoslav parts. Its work focuses on the issues relating to the building of nation states.



Universita’ Europea di Roma is a university very active in the international scene and involved in the management of different projects.







SOSDER is a group of social science researchers working with development issues with the aim of strengthening academic co-operation and dialogue between institutions undertaking social science based research.




The project focuses on the problem of dialogue with religious/social minorities and/or group at risk of social exclusion, which may – for example – cause phenomenon of religious radicalization and violence. In particular, our project addresses the matter under the point of view of the penal and detention system. Contrary to several analysis, radicalization and violence is a dynamic phenomena and the countering strategy needs to involve a multiple force of persons and institutions ranging from CSO, public authorities, associations and prisons at the end of a long chain.

A distinctive feature of the Balkans is that national identity in this part of the world is determined not so much (or not only) by citizenship but rather by ethnicity and by religious and confessional affiliation. Religion/Ethnicity throughout the centuries has been a powerful, if not the only constituent features of national identity in the region.What complicates the picture is that people of different beliefs have often lived not only in compact distinctive settlements but in scattered and mixed settlements. This is the reason, why religion/ethnicity is the important factor on which we should focus our attention when we deal with obstacles to reconciliation and ways of overcoming them towards a full citizenship, which is based on the respect of minorities. Today we have every reason to try and use the power of religion/ethnicity as an anchor of social cohesion and minority integration, as a strong ally in the Balkan settlement.