Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS was established at the end of 2002 by the Soros Foundation-Latvia and several individuals and has since developed as the leading think-tank in Latvia.
PROVIDUS mission is to facilitate comprehensive policy change in areas important for Latvia’s development. PROVIDUS also provides expertise to other countries undergoing democratic transformation.
PROVIDUS is both a source of expertise and an “agent of change” in these priority areas:
- good governance, including anti-corruption;
- criminal justice policy;
- tolerance and inclusive public policy;
- European policy.
PROVIDUS activities include: publishing research and policy analyses, providing expertise to the government in the policy-making process, advocacy and monitoring, consultancy services and training as well as promoting public participation in the policy process and holding of an annual Public Policy Forum. PROVIDUS also provides institutional home for the largest on-line policy resource in Latvia – politika.lv.
PROVIDUS – legally, an association – is a non-governmental, non-partisan and not-for-profit organisation. In June 2006 PROVIDUS was awarded the status of a public benefit organisation by the Ministry of Finance.
PROVIDUS is managed by the Director Vita Terauda and has 18 employees (full and part time).