CIVIL DEVELOPMENT FORUM (FOR FOUNDATION)

CIVIL DEVELOPMENT FORUM (FOR FOUNDATION)

Warszawa, Poland

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ABOUT

Civil Development Forum (FOR Foundation) is a non-governmental think tank based in Poland promoting and defending economic freedom, the rule of law, individual liberties, private property, entrepreneurial activities, and ideas of limited government. Its activities are based on the vision of a society with favorable conditions for growth and productive activities, combining labour, entrepreneurship, innovation, saving, investment and obtaining knowledge. FOR aims to achieve its goals through fact-based reports and analysis, efficient communication, and civil society mobilization. Its key projects include the “Public Debt Clock”, “Economic Comic Books”, “Monitoring of Economic Freedom”, “Leszek Balcerowicz Schools”, the “Tax Calculator”, and research in many fields. FOR was founded in 2007 by Professor Leszek Balcerowicz.

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POLAND’S PUBLIC DEBT CLOCK REACHES 1 TRILLION ZLOTY

Polish public debt reached 1 trillion Polish zloty (around $246 billion) this month, as shown by the public debt clock in Warsaw that was launched in 2010 by Polish Atlas Network partner Civil Development Forum (FOR). That debt now represents almost 54 percent of the country’s GDP — approximately the same proportion as in early...

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THE DANGEROUS PATH OF POPULISM IN POLAND

After decades of communist rule, Poland transitioned to a democratic government and a market economy in 1989 — and the results were dramatic, with rapidly rising living standards that eclipsed most other post-socialist countries. A recent surge in populism, however, is threatening Poland’s economic miracle, warns economist Lesze...

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CZECH REPUBLIC MOST FREE, FINLAND MOST RESTRICTIVE IN EU NANNY STATE INDEX

When many countries exist side by side in the same region, they have an opportunity to attract residents, tourism, and economic growth through policy competition — and people can make an informed choice about where to go to avoid overbearing government restrictions. The Nanny State Index, a new project from the European Policy I...

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BERLIN WALL’S COLLAPSE SHOWS HOW BARRIERS TO FREEDOM CAN BE DISMANTLED

For nearly three decades, the Berlin Wall stood as one of the world’s most forbidding symbols of oppression. After years of losing a steady stream of defectors to the West, in 1961 the communist-controlled government of East Germany constructed a heavily guarded barrier that divided an entire city — all in order to prevent their...

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PUBLIC DEBT CLOCKS KEEP TAXPAYERS INFORMED IN POLAND, CROATIA

Governments spend taxpayer money at a level and rate that can seem incomprehensible without an ongoing reminder. That’s why Atlas Network partners in Poland and Croatia have tried to keep taxpayers informed and government officials accountable through outdoor displays that keep a running tally of public debt. September marked th...

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NEW TAX CALCULATOR LAUNCHED IN POLAND

One of the most important reasons that Atlas Network brings together partner organizations from across the globe is so that the best ideas conceived, formulated, and implemented by each of them can be replicated elsewhere — allowing everybody to build on each other’s strengths and success. The latest project to follow this model...

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ILLUSTRATING THE IDEAS OF LIBERTY

The fundamentals of economics, individual rights, and the rule of law are often missing from childhood education, but Atlas Network’s innovative partners are finding ways to package their message of freedom into fresh and engaging mediums. Three partners — Civil Development Forum (FOR) in Poland, Research Foundation for Governan...

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POLAND’S ACTUARIALLY UNSOUND ENTITLEMENT STATE - TODAY’S BERLIN WALLS

In Eastern Europe, hard-won victories have suffered setbacks. After the collapse of communism, Poland demonstrated how bold market reforms could set a course for long-term prosperity. But this year, Poland’s government seized over 48 billion dollars from its citizens’ private pension accounts to address a short-term fiscal imbal...

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TODAY’S BERLIN WALLS

The Berlin Wall was a physical and symbolic representation of the barriers between the free world and authoritarian control. When it came down 25 years ago, millions of people suddenly had the freedom to live their lives as they wanted to.

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POLAND’S ECON-COMICS

Warsaw’s Civil Development Forum (FOR) recently released its 5th edition of KOMIKSY EKONOMICZNE “Econ-Comics” – an interesting and accessible book of comics featuring the basic principles and lessons of economics for Polish secondary school students.

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"BE READY TO MOVE FAST," SAYS 2014 MILTON FRIEDMAN PRIZE WINNER BALCEROWICZ

Leszek Balcerowicz, former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and founder of the Polish think tank Civil Development Forum, received the 2014 Milton Friedman Prize on May 21, 2014 at Cato Institute’s Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty’s Biennial Dinner held in New York City. ‪During his acceptance speech, Balcerowicz said,...

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