About Us

BPRG is an independent, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to contributing to state-building and societal harmony in Kosovo, and to facilitating state reconciliation in Kosovo and peace in the Western Balkans through evidence-based research, analysis, advocacy, policy dialogue and expertise, with the ultimate aim of bringing the region closer to the EU. Balkans Group was established in Kosovo in 2013, as a successor of the work established by the International Crisis Group (ICG). Our strategic orientations address key challenges of Kosovo’s state-building process, which proves to be a monumental task for the Kosovo society. We are committed to supporting the goals of better functioning of institutions, democratic consolidation, integration of minorities, resolution of neighbourly disputes, and advancing the EU agenda. BPRG was officially registered with the authorities as an Association in Prishtina in July 2013. We enjoy unmatched access to key political actors, government officials, CSO representatives, members of the academia, policy-makers within and beyond Kosovo, and other stakeholders. All of our work is based on extensive, on the ground field research carried out by our own staff, coupled with interviews with national and international leaders, which has enabled our staff to develop an extensive network of contacts in Western Balkans.

Mission

BPRG is an independent non-partisan think tank dedicated to contribute to state consolidation and societal harmony in Kosovo and help state reconciliation in Kosovo and peace in the Western Balkans through field evidence-based research, analysis, advocacy, policy dialogue and expertise, with the ultimate aim of bringing the region closer to the EU.

Vision

Our vision is to facilitate and promote development of sound policy reforms that lead to real societal changes.

Approach

We provide non-partisan policy analysis and recommendations employing conventional and innovative approaches through high quality reports, up-to date articles, inclusive advocacy approach, and effective policy dialogue.

Strategic Orientation

1.     Institution Building and Democratic Consolidation
2.     Reconciliation and Good Neighbourly Relations
3.     EU Integration and Policy Change

Core Values

In all its actions, BPRG commits to act in accordance with the following core organisational values:

Equality: All people are free and equal in dignity and rights: civil, political, social, economic, gender, and cultural. BPRG ensures equal employment policies for researchers and analysts of all ethnicities and aims to build a team of highly qualified and trained researchers and policy analysts.

Impartiality: We are committed to remain impartial in our research, reporting, policy advice and advocacy activities.

Working for the benefit of society: BPRG is dedicated to work for and give its contribution to democratic, harmonious, and prosperous society.

Effective collaboration: in achieving its goals, BPRG intends to collaborate with all relevant actors. Cooperation with civil society organisations, state institutions, media, and other sectors of the society represents the foundation of BPRG’s work and commitments.

Transparency and accountability: BPRG commits to disclose to the public all relevant information regarding its activities, governance structures, finances, and other assets.

Integrity and professionalism: BPRG cultivates honest relations with its supporters, donors, project beneficiaries, staff, members, partner organisations, state institutions, and the public in general. It is dedicated to respecting the applicable legislation and the highest standards of good governance and professionalism for the functioning of civil society organisations.

Diversity: we strive to preserve diversity in our outlook, perspectives, as well as among our staff, in view of crafting rich, realistic, feasible, and actionable policy recommendations.

Board of Trustees

 

Advisory Board

 

Our Team

 

Naim Rashiti

Executive Director and Senior Balkans Analyst

Jeton A. Rexha
Program Manager / Senior Researcher

Shkumbin Asllani
Senior Researcher

Andi Maloku
Researcher

Blerina Qerimi
Researcher

Elona Gashi
Researcher

Ardita Hajra
Researcher

Emele Pushkolli
Finance Officer

Granit Paçarada
Administrator / IT

Gramoz Surkishi
Intern

Tringa Ramadani
Intern

Diellza Osmani
Intern

Partners and Donors

norway       fdffa      SWISS COOPERATION   Fins

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State Department       logo1KFOS_329624_3570571111          Olof Palme