INSTITUTION-BUILDING & DEMOCRATIC CONSOLIDATION
Kosovo: Societal cohesion and loyalty towards state institutions
Despite more than 15 years of investment into Kosovo’s state-building, citizens’ disloyalty to the state persists as the society feels excluded from the state-building processes. Beyond matters of territorial integrity, social groups challenge the authority and viability of the Kosovo state; according to a recent survey 7 out of 10 young people want to leave Kosovo, displaying doubt that their vision of a prosperous future can be realised in their homeland.
In the absence of institutional strategies to address the issue, the project aims to influence policy-making in the direction of supporting societal cohesion, with particular focus on vul-nerable communities. The project seeks to identify sources and causes of (dis)loyalty to the Kosovo state via extensive qualitative and quantitative research. It formulates actionable recommendations and proposals for policy makers, NGOs, and other stakeholders in view of enhancing societal cohesion and fostering constructive links between Kosovo state and its citizens.
Social inclusion of RAE: Advocacy support for institutionalisation of RAE rights
The project aims to improve the educational and labor outcomes of RAE community members by identifying ways of improving the 2009-2015 Strategy for the integration of RAE into Kosovo society. The current strategy has proven ineffective insofar as it was not clearly defined, has not included indicators for measuring the level of implementation of the project activities, and has failed to improve the school enrolment rates among RAE community members.
The main goal of the project is to identify efficient mechanisms for measuring the implementation of the strategy with specific focus on education, and facilitate access to education for RAE communities by providing advocacy support to community leadership in their interaction with public institutions.