Building Trust, Strengthening Communities: A Conference on Local Governance Transparency




NGO AKTIV is pleased to invite the public to a two-day conference on the transparency of local administration within the project “Strengthening transparency and the rule of law in Serbian municipalities in Kosovo”, which is being implemented with the financial support of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

Wednesday, 27th of September

10:30 – 11:00

Arrival and registration of participants

11:00 – 11:20

Introductory remarks

Tamra Greig, INL: International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau (US Department of State)

Miodrag Milićević, Executive Director at NGO AKTIV

11:20 – 12:50

First Panel: Bridging Integrity: Strategies for a Corrupt-Free Kosovo

This panel will present an engaging discourse on forging a path towards a corruption-free Kosovo by bridging the gap between intent and action. Delving into innovative strategies and collaborative frameworks, the discussion aims to shed light on how integrity can serve as a unifying force against corruption’s corrosive influence. Amidst a global movement for greater transparency and accountability, Kosovo stands at a pivotal juncture in its quest to eradicate corruption. The panel will explore how diverse stakeholders, from government bodies to civil society organizations, are joining forces to construct bridges of integrity that lead to sustainable change. By examining successful case studies and dissecting challenges, the discourse endeavors to inspire actionable solutions that can be embraced by all sectors of society.


Mexhide Demolli Nimani, Executive Director at Lëvizja Fol


Yll Buleshkaj, Director of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption

Ehat Miftaraj, Executive Director, Kosovo Law Institute (KLI)

Ismet Kryeziu, Executive Director, Kosova Democratic Institute (KDI)

12:50 – 13:20

Short break with light refreshments

11:20 – 12:50

Second Panel: Unmasked Governance: Illuminating Institutional Transparency

In the context of Kosovo, the pursuit of transparent governance has emerged as a cornerstone of progressive societal development. The theme “Unmasked Governance: Illuminating Institutional Transparency in Kosovo” encapsulates the essential drive to unveil the inner workings of institutions, fostering a culture of openness and accountability. Through this spotlight on institutional transparency, Kosovo strives to shed light on decision-making processes, resource allocation, and policy implementation. By making these aspects accessible to the public, institutions aim to establish a foundation of trust and engagement with citizens. The theme underscores the critical role that transparent governance plays in building a resilient and participatory democracy. The discourse surrounding “Unmasked Governance” will delve into the challenges and successes of Kosovo’s journey towards greater transparency. It will showcase the transformative potential of transparent practices in enhancing public participation, curbing corruption, and promoting sustainable development. By engaging in this dialogue, Kosovo embraces a path of continuous improvement, where transparency remains an ever-evolving goal, integral to its progress and prosperity.


Mimoza Gavrani, activist and journalist


Bezad Halilaj, Deputy Auditor General

Krenare Sogojeva Dërmaku, Commissioner for Information and Privacy

Muhedin Nushi, Senior Political Advisor in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation

Thursday, 28th of September

10:30 – 11:00

Arrival and registration of participants

11:00 – 12:30

Third Panel: Driving Change Through Innovation: Exploring Creative Methods for Civic Activism and Engagement Strategies

In Kosovo’s civic activism landscape, innovation is emerging as a catalyst for transformative change. By marrying creative strategies with digital platforms, activists are expanding their reach and sparking impactful conversations. This shift towards innovative approaches is not just a trend, but a response to the evolving challenges Kosovo faces. The panel discussion on “Driving Change through Innovation: Exploring Creative Methods for Civic Activism and Engagement Strategies” will delve into the fusion of innovation and civic engagement. Through real-world examples, participants will explore how technology-driven tactics can enhance transparency, inclusivity, and collaboration. This dialogue showcases how innovation isn’t just a tool for change but a pathway to a more participatory democracy and  a brighter civic future for Kosovo.


Xhemajl Rexha, Chairman of the Board at Association of Journalists of Kosovo


Dušan Radaković, Executive Director at Advocacy Center for Democratic Culture (ACDC)

Marigona Shabiu, Executive Director at Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Kosovo (YIHR KS)

Allen Meta, Project Manager, Democracy for Development (D4D)

 12:30 – 13:00

Short break with light refreshments

13:00 – 14:30

Fourth Panel: Decoding Transparency: Redefining Kosovo’s Anticorruption Narrative

In Kosovo, the role of media in fostering digital transparency and accountability is of paramount importance in an evolving landscape. As technology reshapes communication, media serves as a cornerstone in building an informed and vigilant society. Through digital platforms, media outlets in Kosovo have the power to uncover hidden information and shed light on matters that demand public attention. By amplifying voices and ensuring that information flows freely, media promotes a culture of transparency where citizens can access accurate and timely information. Media’s role extends beyond reporting; it actively engages in holding institutions and individuals accountable for their actions. Investigative journalism, data analysis, and fact-checking contribute to a robust system of checks and balances, ensuring that power is wielded responsibly.


Budimir Ničić, director, editor and journalist of the Medija Centar in Čaglavica/Çagllavicë


Kreshnik Gashi, journalist and editor-in-chief of Justice in Kosovo

Ardiana Thaçi Mehmeti, investigative journalist and author of the documentary show “Alibi”

Isak Vorgučić director of the independent Radio Kim in Čaglavica/Çagllavicë

NGO AKTIV Mitrovica

NGO AKTIV Priština