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, its ultimate aim is to bring 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. 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

Influence policy change in support of democratic consolidation and social cohesion in the Western Balkans.

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.

The Policy Dialogue

The Policy Dialogue promotes Kosovo’s domestic  dialogue, cohesion and reform-making agenda.

The Policy Forum

The Policy Forum (a Think-Tankers High-level Advocacy Forum) committed to enhancing the dialogue between the civil society and the institutions.

The Kosovo Serbia Policy Advocacy Group

The Kosovo Serbia Policy Advocacy Group (a forum for Cross-Border Civil Society Cooperation) that aims to communicate, promote and enhance dialogue toward full normalisation between Kosovo and Serbia and their societies.

Women in Politics

Women in Politics promotes the empowerment of women and girls; their security and inclusiveness; and is committed to strengthen the Women Caucus’ impact and reach throughout Kosovo.

The Dialogue Platform

The Dialogue Platform promotes the dialogue process between Kosovo and Serbia. by informing the wider ill=1 public and generating debate about the agreements, benefits and challenges of the Dialogue.

Youth in Politics

Youth in Politics is an executive training program for youth involved in public policy, toppolitics, governance and regional cooperation. The programme aims to increase the involvement of youth and youth forums within political parties and through this channel-

Our Team

  • Naim Rashiti

    Executive Director and Senior Balkans Analyst
  • Nora Deshishku

    Project Manager / Researcher
  • Diona Grezda

    Policy Officer / Researcher
  • Marigona Rafuna

    Finance Officer
  • Granit Paçarada

    Administrator / IT
  • Arieta Dragusha

    Communication and Outreach Officer
  • Arianit Tolaj

    Researcher
  • Shpend Osmani

    Junior Research Officer

Advisory Board

  • Marko Prelec

  • Yvana Enzler

  • Peter Feith

  • Jon Greenwald

  • Mikra Krasniqi