A group of civil society organizations, gathered at a meeting in Gračanoca, on February 23, 2023, signed a Joint Statement on the establishment of an informal coalition that will work together in the areas of providing social services in Kosovo.
With the initiative of the NGO Aktiv, as part of the Alved project, fifteen organizations from the Serbian and Albanian communities, which deal with the provision of services and are engaged in the field of social and family services in Kosovo, established a joint mechanism of coordination and cooperation “Platform of Social Service Providers”.
Within the framework of the Alved project, fifteen organizations from the Serbian and Albanian community, which are engaged in the provision of services and are engaged in the field of social and family services in Kosovo, established a joint mechanism of coordination and cooperation „Platform of Social Services Providers”.
Gathered around the goal of improving social services, during the signing ceremony, NGOs agreed to work together both on improving mutual cooperation and on timely and professional support to all communities.
Organizations will strive to strengthen capacity when providing services, and will work to exchange information and knowledge, share resources, and enable collective action when necessary.
„Among the key drivers of the Platform and its mission to improve social and family care services in Kosovo are the unification of resources, knowledge and groups in search of expanded funding opportunities, and a stronger voice of advocacy with decision makers“, the Joint Statement states.
One of the values of this platform is its commitment to multi-ethnic understanding. As stated, „members will support each other in contact with non-majority ethnic communities in any municipal context (eg non-Albanian communities in Peja and non-Serb communities in Leposavic and Štrpce)“.
The declaration and the platform were created within the project “Amplifying Local Voices for Equitable Development (ALVED)” implemented by the Peaceful Change initiative, People in Need and partners – NGO Aktiv, Civic Initiatives and Peer Educators Network (PEN), with the support of the UK Government.