Kosovo*-Serbia Policy Advocacy Group represent a consortium of think tanks and NGOs who strongly believe in the process of normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. We were brought together by a shared energy to renew support for the deteriorating dialogue when there was little civil society interest in such initiatives. Our individual and joint efforts synergise to create innovative approaches to sustain the dialogue and transform the narrative for the public. Partners of the consortium are also members of the Berlin Process Civil Society Forum where we advocate for swift and sustainable solutions to bilateral disputes.

Kosovo-Serbia Policy Advocacy Group consortium comprised of eight civil society organisations: Balkans Policy Research Group (BPRG), Democracy for Development (D4D), Kosovo Centre for Security Studies (KCSS), and NGO AKTIV in Kosovo and Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE), European Movement in Serbia (EMinS), Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM) in Serbia.

The overall objective of the project is to promote and communicate the benefits of the EU facilitated technical dialogue on the normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia to the wider public by focusing on a number of communication and outreach activities, peer-to-peer cooperation, research and local engagement.

Target Groups:

  • Members of the Public
  • Civil Society Organisations (women and youth organisations)
  • Media
  • Opinion makers, academics and other experts

Activities:

  • Activity 1: Op-eds/policy articles to be published in various media with differing perspectives.
  • Activity 2: TV debates and joint media interviews to disseminate promote and communicate dialogue.
  • Activity 3: Website and Social Media – development of consortium website and social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook page to promote activities of the consortium and communicate the progress of the dialogue.
  • Activity 4: In-depth research project based on perspectives from Kosovo (Albanian and Serbian) and Serbia on how the dialogue’s progress has affected change. Three comprehensive, individual research undertakings will be published jointly.
  • Activity 5: Conferences for presentation of the research results.
  • Activity 6: Peer-to-Peer Visit of youth, media, civil society, opinion makers, interested parties to institutions and partners in Kosovo.
  • Activity 7: Kosovo partners to select and send participants to three partner organised activities, to provide further exposure to the related topics for the dialogue and strengthen consortium ties.
  • Activity 8: Workshops conducted in different towns in Kosovo and Serbia to inform and engage communities in the debate about the dialogue. Workshops will explore the feeling on the ground and use this information to feed into other activities.
  • Activity 9: Local roundtables: 4 in Kosovo (Gjilan, Peja, Ferizaj, North Mitrovica) and 2 in Serbia (Novi Pazar, Kraljevo) – oportunity to discuss and promote the dialogue at the local level.
  • Activity 10: Seminar on Rule of Law and Security – designed to encourage journalists to report fairly on different aspects of the dialogue.
  • Activity 11: Consortium Forum Meetings – establish and develop the consortium, plan activity schedule, discuss all consortium and activity developments and responsibilities and enhance the consortium’s capacities with trainings.

Project duration: 1 November 2018 – 31 December 2019

The project is supported by the European Union and Royal Norwegian Embassy.

 

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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