26. September. 2018. | 11:50

Presentation Conference of the NGO AKTIV 2018 Trend Analysis

On the 25th September, the Civic Energy Center in North Mitrovica played host to the presentation of NGO AKTIV’s 2018 Trend Analysis. This publication is the product of annual public opinion research that is conducted in the four northern municipalities of Northern Mitrovica, Zubin Potok, Leposavic and Zvecan. 800 respondents partook in this year’s survey. The results of the Trend Analysis were presented by NGO AKTIV’s Head of Policy Office, Caleb Waugh. Maja Ficovic, journalist with Radio Kosovska Mitrovica acted as a moderator for the discussion, and Nenad Radosavljevic, Director of TV Mir in Leposavic, provided critical reflections upon the findings as a panel guest. The presentation discussed some of the most important findings of this year’s trend analysis.

Subjects discussed included: inter-ethnic interaction between Serbs and Albanians, outward migration, security concerns, the use of Kosovar institutions by the Serb community and participation in Kosovo elections. Underpinning many of the issues were the current political and economic challenges facing Kosovo. Key observations made by Mr. Radosavljevic included the political apathy of the Serb community, in particular of its youth. This apathy, so it was argued, is a result of a loss of faith in the political processes concerning them. This has been caused, in part, by recent violent incidents and poor communication with the Serb community regarding the effects of the Brussels Agreement on their livelihoods. As negative result of such political processes, the younger demographic, particularly, suffer from a lack of perspective that motivates outward migration. Here, there is also a disincentivization for political participation, leading the panelist to ask: “where are the young people [in politics]?”.

Also raised was the notion of economic interdependency, which Mr. Radosaljevic envisaged as a means for future positive inter-ethnic interactions. In the lack of such interdependency, and a perceived lack of political and economic support from the international community towards the Kosovo Serb NGO sector, the panelist concluded that “the North [of Kosovo] has stayed the same since 1999”. In light of these reflections, he called for a fair “new reality” that genuinely incorporates the concerns and needs of the Serb community. It was further mentioned that there is a need for a self-empowerment of the Kosovo Serb community beyond the decision-makers in Belgrade and Pristina.

 The entire publication can be found at http://www.ngoaktiv.org/publication/trend-analysis-2018