28. June. 2017. | 10:04

Networking events between CSOs and government institutions

CSO Networking Events in Pristina and Mitrovica

On Monday, 29th of May NGO AKTIV and Pontis Foundation from Bratislava organised a networking event between north-Kosovo CSOs and Pristina-based Think Tanks and NGOs. The event was co-organised with the Slovak Foreign Policy Association and Institute for the Development of Civil Society – IDCSI as part of the project “Active Civil Society – Slovak Balkan Public Policy Fund in Northern Kosovo” funded by SlovakAID.

The topic of the event was the cooperation of the CSOs with the government institutions on both local and central level and exchange of the experience between well-established and experienced Pristina-based NGOs and north Kosovo CSOs.

Apart from the seven organisations from northern Kosovo and two partners from Slovakia, the networking event in Pristina was also attended by the representatives of leading Pristina Think Tanks/NGOs:

  • Visar Rushiti, Policy Analyst, GAP Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Teuta Hoxha, Executive Director, Youth Initiative for Human Rights
  • Valdete Idrizi, Executive Director, CiviKos Platform
  • Jeta Krasniqi, Project Manager, Kosovo Democratic Institute

The main conclusion of the event was insufficient participation of north Kosovo CSOs in legislative processes in Kosovo. As a follow up of this activity, a second networking event was organised on 27th of June between Kosovo government institutions and CSOs. The speakers at the event were:

  • Shqipe Krasniqi, Kosovo Assembly Official in charge of cooperation with CSOs
  • Sanja Vuković, representative of the Consultative Council for Communities

Ms Krasniqi and Ms Vuković held presentations of their respective institutions and explained the participants how to register for the cooperation with the Assembly and how to get accredited for the participation in Consultative Council for Communities.

“Active Civil Society – Slovak Balkan Public Policy Fund in Northern Kosovo” was implemented since March 2016 during which period 2 NGOs, 1 non-formal group and 1 individual researcher were supported in their research and advocacy initiatives.