Kosovo Local Government Institute (KLGI) concluded the second module of the project “Civil Society as a Promoter of Public Contribution” from the component “Social Engagement” with a two-training in Albania. Participants included coordinators of thematic groups from eight municipalities – members of civil society and social activists. a two-day training in Albania.
The first study visit was conducted at TUMO Tirana (former Pyramid) to closely familiarize with the practices and processes that are being developed at the Directorate of Youth Policies in the Municipality of Tirana and witness the transformation of the former Pyramid into an innovation center. The revitalization of the Pyramid into an innovation hub with spaces for various cultural activities and business opportunities for youth has turned it into a prominent tourist attraction for foreign visitors. During the meeting, the coordinator group was introduced to advanced regional models in co-creating public policies in the field of local governance, simultaneously adapting them to provide the best services for citizens.
The following meeting was with IDM Albania representatives to get a closer look at the fields and programs of SMART Balkans; the role of local NGOs and social activists, serving as facilitators between initiatives of local communities and municipalities; as well as exchanging practices, encouraging regional initiatives, and promoting European integration processes.
Lastly, 24 coordinators from eight municipalities – members of civil society and social activists – have been certified. Now, in the municipalities (Ferizaj, Gjakova, Podujeve, Vushtrri, Lipjan, Kline, Dragash, and Viti)” the thematic groups (gender equality; equal access and opportunities, and the advancement of community rights) will apply their knowledge and practices to contribute to the community. In the intermediary role between marginalized groups and municipalities, the thematic groups will, over the nine months, identify, analyze, map, address, and monitor policies based on the sensitivity of interest groups. Alongside engaged experts, they will produce proposals and creative contributions for municipal policies and finances.
The participants of this module, divided into groups, simulated processes of identifying various issues, placing them in a logical table according to thematic groups: women, persons with disabilities, and vulnerable groups. Simultaneously, they practiced the process of discussing local public policies following the ‘British Parliamentary’ model.
Find out more her: “Civil Society as a Promoter of Public Contribution.”