KCSF supports 7 projects financed by the Government of Luxembourg
The Kosovo Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) has supported 7 projects for social integration of youth, funded by the Government of Luxembourg. Supported projects aim at active youth engagement for active citizenship and creation of opportunities for youth inclusion in the labour market.
Supported projects will be extended to different areas of Kosovo covering the municipalities of Prishtinë/Priština, Prizren, Gjakovë/Ðakovica, Ferizaj/Uroševac, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, Peja/Peć, Gjilan/Gnjilane, Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Gllogoc/Glogovac, Kamenicë/Kamenica, Vitia/Vitina, Rahovec/Orahovac, Istog/Istok, Zubin Potok, Hani i Elezit/Elez Han, Kaçanik/Kačanik, Mamushë/Mamuša, Suharekë/Suva Reka, Dragash/Dragaš and others.
Support to these 7 organizations such as IPKO Foundation, RIT Kosovo (AUK), Initiative for development of agriculture in Kosovo (IADK), Peer Educators Network (PEN), Sbunker, Dokufest and Ec Ma Ndryshe amounted to about 1 million EUR, while projects were implemented over a timeframe up to two years. Social integration of youth is one of the main pillars of the Luxembourg Support Scheme for Civil Society in Kosovo.
The Government of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has allocated 2 million EUR to support civil society in Kosovo through KCSF within a period of 4 years. The co-operation agreement between the parties was signed in March 2017.
A number of current challenges for Kosovo have been addressed in this cooperation, through financial support to civil society organizations, to pave the way for their involvement and contribution in priority areas and issues.
In addition to the social integration of youth, in the first months of this year, projects for fair reporting in journalism and press freedom will be supported, as well as increased knowledge of the Stabilization and Association Agreement and European Integration.
The role of women, gender equality, and the integration of minorities will be supported and promoted systematically in all activities undertaken.
Ms. Venera Hajrullahu, Executive Director of KCSF, said that through these projects we aim at a multidimensional approach to the integration of young people into society. “Although Kosovo has the youngest average age in Europe, young people are often disregarded at the level of policies and real opportunities. Therefore, through these interventions that extend to almost the entire country, we are aiming to make our contribution”, emphasized Ms. Hajrullahu.
“Luxembourg is looking forward to the implementation of the tremendously interesting and diverse projects all over Kosovo. I am very happy to have KCSF as a dynamic partner in our support to the civil society in Kosovo”, said Anne Dostert, Chargée d’affaires, of the embassy.
Support of the Luxembourg for civil society in Kosovo is part of the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Program 2017-2021, which is based on the bilateral agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding signed in October 2016 between the governments of Kosovo and Luxembourg.