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Kosovo

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Gov. Howard Dean, NDI board member, joins Kosovo Assembly Speaker Jakup Krasniqi in a public discussion on major parliamentary initiatives in such areas as constituency outreach and legislative review. NDI has supported the Assembly since its inception in 2002.

Since declaring independence in 2008, Kosovo has won diplomatic recognition by more than 100 countries, including the U.S. and 23 of 28 EU member-states. An agreement signed by Kosovo and Serbia in April 2013 — if fully implemented — will extend Kosovo’s governing authority to Serb-dominated localities in the country’s north, while giving Serbs across Kosovo expanded self-government. Serb turnout in local elections scheduled for November 2013 will be the first test of the agreement’s acceptance by the people.  Having developed sovereign government institutions, Kosovo is starting a new chapter in its democratic transition — creating a political environment in which democratic principles of inclusion, participation, transparency and accountability can take root. 

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NDI began working in Kosovo in July 1999, at the end of the NATO-Serbian conflict. Since then, NDI has supported Kosovars every step of the way as they build their democracy from the ground up. Kosovo’s citizens are now advocating against corruption, parties are starting to develop policies responsive to citizen’s priorities. And parliament is strengthening its ability to pass quality legislation and oversee the implementation of laws and to keep the executive accountable.  Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the U.K. Foreign Commonwealth Office, NDI is supporting political party development, parliamentary strengthening, election monitoring and citizen participation:

  • NDI organized a 2012 international women’s summit, hosted by Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga. The summit’s declaration, dubbed the Pristina Principles, offers policy guidelines to raise the status of women in politics, the economy and the security and justice sectors. NDI’s annual “Week of Women” in Kosovo applies many of the Pristina Principles in training several hundred women to run for and hold elected office.
  • The Kosovo Assembly has developed an in-house legislative research facility, increased its legislative and budgetary amendments, opened a visitor center that receives approximately 400 citizens each month, and overseen government performance in such sectors  as agriculture and education. NDI has partnered with the U.S. Congress House Democracy Partnership to provide parliamentary expertise.
  • In the divided city of Mitrovica, 200 Albanian and Serb youth have joined together in NDI training and mentoring programs for community development, debate clubs and public awareness campaigns, developing leadership skills and personal ties across ethnic boundaries.
  • Kosovo’s mainstream political parties, including those representing Serb and other minority communities, are using NDI public opinion research to produce platforms and  to introduce policies responsive to citizen demands. NDI is equipping party activists with new media skills to conduct outreach in this regard.

Contact Information

For more information about these programs, use our contact form or contact:

Pristina
Alexander Chavarria, resident senior director
achavarria@ndi.org

Washington, D.C.
Kristen Wall, senior program officer
kwall@ndi.org

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In Europe, Roma Fight for Equality04/08/2014
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Social Media Boot Camp Empowers Kosovo’s Youth Activists12/11/2013
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Kosovo's 'Week of Women' Empowers Women to Run for Political Office05/28/2013
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International Summit in Kosovo Produces “Pristina Principles” to Increase Women’s Empowerment10/11/2012
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Kosovo Fellow to Connect Women Leaders at Local, National Levels05/03/2012
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In Kosovo, Women Reach Beyond ‘Soft’ Issues in the Media03/20/2012
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Policymakers Share Strategies to Help Roma Minorities02/28/2011
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Kosovo Elections Peaceful, Challenges Remain12/16/2010
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Kosovars Celebrate Democracy Day with Greater Citizen Engagement10/07/2010
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Maturing and Developing Democracies Share Experiences on Parliamentary Research Services07/12/2010
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Analysis: Signs of Optimism in the Balkans06/04/2010
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Center-Right Political Party Youth Leaders Gather from across the Balkans to Form Political Network03/11/2010
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NDI Supports House Democracy Partnership in Sharing Good Practice12/21/2009
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Pre-Election Statement Stresses Code of Conduct in Kosovo10/28/2009
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Kosovar Women Parliamentarians Lead the Fight against Domestic Violence and Engage Citizens in Debate on Gender Issues03/16/2009
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Supporting Tolerance and Leadership Among Youth in Southern Serbia and Kosovo02/13/2009
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Liberal Parties in the Balkans Plot a Shared Course Toward the Future12/23/2008
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New Office Aids Dialogue between Kosovo MPs and Citizens11/24/2008
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Newly Independent Kosovo Continues Transition to Democracy11/03/2008
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Europe's Roma Gaining Political Rights05/28/2008
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01/01/2014 Civic Updates
Civic Update
National Democratic Institute
12/13/2010 Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions - ENEMO Kosovo
Statement
European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO)
12/10/2010 Public Opinion in Kosovo, Baseline Survey Results November 2010
Report
UBO Consulting
09/15/2010 Remarks In the Assembly of Kosovo on the Occasion of International Democracy Day
Speech
Robert Benjamin
10/15/2009 Pre-Election Assessment to Kosovo 2009
Report
National Democratic Institute
10/01/2008 New Mandate, New Opportunities: Evaluation of the Work of the Assembly of Kosovo and Recommendations for Further Development
Report
National Democratic Institute
02/01/2007 Insight into Public Opinion: Annual Qualitative Research Report
Report
National Democratic Institute
12/01/2005 Scorecard, First Edition
Report
National Democratic Institute
12/01/2005 NDI 2005 Annual Report
Report
National Democratic Institute
07/05/2005 NDI Chairman Madeleine K. Albright Address to Kosovo Central Assembly
Speech
Madeleine K. Albright
10/26/2004 Kosovo 2004 Central Assembly Elections
Report
National Democratic Institute
01/01/2004 Assembly of Kosovo: Public Hearing Manual
Manual|Handbook
National Democratic Institute Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europ
01/01/2003 Kosovo Civic Forum, 2002 Program Analysis and Evaluation
Report
Julie Segal
11/07/2000 Domestic Monitoring Statements for the October 2000 Municipal Elections from the Kosova Action for Civil Initiative (KACI) and t
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National Democratic Institute
06/27/2000 Kosovar Voices: Division, Coexistence, Democracy: Focus Groups and In-depth Interviews
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National Democratic Institute
07/05/1999 NDI Assessment Mission to Kosovo
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National Democratic Institute