Grants of KCSF

– Along with its Resource Centre, KCSF grants aim to ensure an adequate and diverse resource base and capacities for the sector, and a legitimate support base for a meaningful and sustainable engagement in socio-economic development processes that serve the public good.

Since its establishment in 1998, KCSF grant programs have been funded by foreign and international donors. In its new strategic framework, KCSF added a new perspective of resource diversification to increase local ownership and sustainability of democracy development in Kosovo, including mobilization of financial support for civil society from domestic sources such as the private sector, diaspora, citizens and public funds.

KCSF provides diverse grant instruments for civil society initiatives (NGOs, unregistered initiatives and individual activists), through a people-centred approach and focus around strengthening the participatory advocacy and constituency base of civil society in Kosovo. KCSF has designed adequate instruments for specific types of organizations and initiatives with proportionate application requirements, applies highest standards of transparency and integrity during the selection process, and a supportive monitoring and reporting approach, and operates in Albanian, Serbian and English.

KCSF grants generally have no specific sectoral focus, rather support civil society initiatives that are responsive to the needs of the citizens in a wide array of areas, both at national and local level. For each grant program and specific instrument, detailed information is available to all interested through guidelines for application, call for proposals, application forms, information sessions, as well as public interviews of shortlisted applicants and fact-sheets of awarded grants.


Open Calls

Calendar of Open Calls

Current Grants
InstrumentsOpen CallsDeadlineMaximum duration and budgetKCSF program
Institutional GrantsMay 2024July 20243 years, 40,000 EUR per yearEJA Kosovo
Organizational Development GrantsNovember 2024January 20252 years, 15,000 EUR per grantEJA Kosovo
Small Project GrantsJuly 2024No deadline1 vit, 10,000 EUR per grantEJA Kosovo
Urgent GrantsJune 2024No deadline3,000 EUR per grantEJA Kosovo
Support for international networkingMay 2024No deadline1,000 EUR per grantEJA Kosovo
Support for international representationMay 2024No deadline1,000 EUR per grantEJA Kosovo
Democracy Award 2024November 2024January 20253,000 EUREJA Kosovo
Partnership GrantsMay 2024No deadline1 year, 7,300 EUR per grantCitizen Engagement Activity CEA

Frequently Asked Questions


1.  Where it says “purchase of equipment”, is it about equipment for the needs of the organization or for the needs of the project?

As for the “purchase of equipment”, they are considered inadmissible expenses for equipment for the needs of the organization. Whereas if other equipment is required, then they must be at the service of the initiative and for the use of the beneficiaries.

2. Please clarify if 20% co-financing is required within the amount or in addition to the grant?

It is required that at least 20% of the total budget be provided with co-financing in accordance with the call criteria. For example, if the total amount needed for the implementation of the initiative is 6,000 EUR, at least 1,200 EUR must be provided through co-financing, while for the rest of the amount support can be requested through a grant.

3. Can media companies, registered as private companies, also apply?

Media companies can be part of the partnership, but the main applicant and implementer must be an active NGO registered in Kosovo.

4. When is the deadline for applications for “Partnership Grants”?

The call for applications for “Partnership Grants” remains open while the evaluation of applications will be done on a quarterly basis.


1.Can we apply for the organizational development grant even though we have not yet received the confirmation of the registration from the Department for NGOs?

One of the mandatory documents for this call is NGO registration certificate issued by the Department for NGOs. If you do not have this document before the application deadline, you cannot apply in this call and have to wait until the next call will be open.

2. Where can we find the application form?

All the information, including the necessary documents for the application, can be found on our website.

3. Will an information session be held for this type of grant?

The information session for organizational development grant will be held online on Monday at 10:00 am, 18.01.2021, and, in the meantime, the link to join the session will be available on our website and on our page on Facebook

4. Does the grant also include the purchase of equipment and staff training?

Yes, the grant may also provide the purchase of equipment and staff training, if it is considered that those type of expenses will help the organizational development and program goals of organization. Your application will be reviewed against the call criteria.

5. As a new organization, can we have your support in preparing the application?

All the necessary information to apply for organizational development grant, including application documents, can be found on our website, at this link: We encourage you to review these documents, follow the application steps in detail and participate in the information session that will be held on Monday, 18.01.2021, at 10:00. The link of the information session will be published on our website and Facebook page.

6. When is the deadline for application?

The deadline for application for organizational development grant is 25.01.2021.

7. As a new organization, established in 2020, are we eligible to apply in this call? If yes, how should we address the request for financial reports for the last two years since we have not yet completed a full year?

Even though you are a new organization, you are eligible to apply. As a organization established recently, you can only send the financial statements for the period since you were established, therefore, the request for financial reports for the last two years does not apply in your case.

8. Does it play a role in the evaluation process if we have implemented only a few voluntary projects, but we did not have the opportunity to be a beneficiary of any grant?

Even though you have not been a beneficiary of any grant, this does not prevent you to apply in this call. Your application will be reviewed against the call criteria according to the application guideline.

9. For the annual financial statements or auditor’s reports, what years are calculated as last two years?

The last two years are calculated 2018 and 2019 as the deadline of the call is late January. But, in case you can submit the documents (auditor reports or financial statements) for 2020, then last two years are calculated as 2019 and 2020.

10. Are we eligible to apply for technical equipment that will directly affect the organizational development?

If you consider that the purchase of equipment will have a direct impact on the organizational development and the reasoning can be presented in the application documents, you can apply for technical equipment. Your application will be reviewed against the set criteria.

11. If we do not have an audit report, because we do not have the financial means to engage a company to audit our organization, does this prevents us from applying?

According to the rules set forth in the application guidelines, the annual financial statements or auditor’s reports for the last two (2) years must be submitted. So, in case you do not have the audit report, then you can submit the financial statements and then your application will be reviewed against the set criteria.

12. Is it allowed to purchase equipment abroad?

If you consider that the purchase of equipment will have a direct impact on the organizational development and the reasoning can be presented in the application documents, you can apply for technical equipment. In this case, you are advised to look the list of ineligible costs (such as Customs, VAT, etc.) for the equipment and software in case they are to be purchased outside Kosovo. Your application will be reviewed against the set criteria.

13. According to the application guidelines, the duration of the project is up to 24 months, what is the issue of duration if we buy equipment; do you monitor the project up to 24 months?

According to the application guidelines, the maximum duration of the grant for which the organization is allowed to apply is 24 months. Therefore, it is not necessary for the grant to last 24 months, yet  it is the  maximum possible duration. It depends on the needs of the organization and how the applicant organization envisages the planning of organizational development. We emphasize that not all expenses and activities should last throughout the entire duration of the grant, whereby this depends on their type.

14. If our aim is to work with women only, are we entitled to apply if we do not meet gender equality?

The EJA Kosovo program aims to ensure that supported interventions take into account the gender aspect, aiming at gender equality and taking care not to contribute to harmful stereotypes. Hence, as long as your work addresses this aspect in line with the aims of EJA Kosovo, you can apply.

15. Are there restrictions for organizations that have KCSF funded projects in applying for this grant?

The only limitation is in the case when organization is a beneficiary of the institutional grant, which by its very nature also contains the organizational development component. In such cases the applicant cannot apply for organizational development grant. There are no other restrictions since other grants are of different nature and there is no overlap of interventions.

16. Where is the statement on politically exposed persons (PEP) located?

This statement can be found on the last page of the application form. There is also an explanation of this statement and the part  which must be filled-in by the applicant organization.

17. Can we include international experts, trainers, or consultants in this call for applications?

Yes, you can plan engagement of international experts or trainers in your application, but this requires clear justification why his/her engagement is necessary to achieve the organizational development aims of the grant.

18. Are we, as the Kosovo Producers Club, representing (manufacturing) businesses, entitled to apply for this grant?

No, organizations representing businesses are not eligible to apply in our calls

19. Can a portion of the funds for organizational development be directed to the arrangement of the organization’s premises (renovation), purchase of necessary technologies (equipment) and the training of staff for co-working (with local and international trainers)?

If organizational development is going to be achieved through these activities and will help achieve the program aim of the organization and if you justify these expenses in the budget, then you can use these funds.

20. If the members of the board of the institute are business representatives, will the structure of the board of directors penalize the institute in this case in applying for your program for organizational development grants?

According to eligibility criteria for EJA Kosovo program, NGOs representing businesses or similar entities for which it is clear that they have the financial capacity to cover the expenses of their organization or support their activities are not targeted by KCSF grants. Consequently, your institute falls into this group.

21. Can organizations without office space apply? If so, how will the “office visit” be carried out?

Regarding the office visit, this means meeting with the organization’s staff about organizational capacity, internal governance, and financial management. The office does not necessarily represent a physical space where the organization operates. As long as the organization has its practices and documents, if it is shortlisted, the meeting and discussion of these points can take place in another suitable space. The lack of office does not hinder organizational capacity building.

22. Can they apply for grants for organizational development, urgent and project grants? Do these grants exclude each other, or can the same organization apply with different content and contexts?

Within the EJA Kosovo program, the instruments are different by nature and do not overlap as applicant address various issues. Consequently, the applicant can apply and submit an application in every call. However, we must emphasize that the organization cannot implement the organizational development grant and the project grant at the same time. Therefore, if the evaluation for all applications is positive, the organization must decide which grant will prioritize for implementation.

23. Are the financial statements of the organization issued by TAK accepted?

The annual financial statements issued by TAK are eligible and supplement item 9 of the mandatory documents in the application guidelines.

24. If the organization does not have an auditor’s report, can the organization apply only with financial statements for the last two years?

As stated already in the guidelines, auditor reports are necessary if the applying organization is required to have an auditor report or if the organization possesses one despite not having an obligation. If the organization does not have such a report and is not required to do so, then the financial statements cover this request.


1. Do you support equipment purchase projects?

Small project grants aim to support specific actions of civil society initiatives and individuals for non-profit initiatives on issues of public importance that address concrete issues, provide concrete results within a set timeframe. All ineligible costs are listed in the Application Guide for Small Project Grants. Equipment are, in principle, not prohibited, but the necessity of their purchase to achieve project results and specific activities must be justified.

2. When is the last date that we can apply as an NGO?

The call for applications for small project grants is open all the time and applications can be submitted at any time. Based on the application guidelines, the evaluation of applications is s carried out each three months,. All the information in relation to the application and the evaluation process can be found on our website, at the following link:

3. The “Budget for the last 3 years, 2017, 2018, 2019” is stated in the budget form. Is it a problem if we are an organization that was established in 2018?

No, it is not a problem. For those years when the request is not applicable for you, just write N/A (e.g. 2017 = N/A) in that part of the application

4. What is meant by “audit expenses” in the budget form? Is it about budget management expenses that are incurred by the financier, or is it about the engagement of an external auditor after the implementation?

Audit costs areabout the external audit of the project after the implementation, which amount should be calculated depending on the amount of the grant based on the market price.

5. Do the gender mainstreaming guide and citizens’ involvement guide apply to this call and should we decide only in one segment and then stay within the guidelines framework of the selected segment?

The gender mainstreaming guide and the citizen’s involvement guide provide an explanation  how the EJA Kosovo program defines these two topics. These are guiding documents and they apply to all instruments of EJA Kosovo, including small grants, and it is at t applicant’s discretion  to reflect these two aspects in the proposed intervention.

6. What documents should be attached to apply for a project proposal in this call?

All the necessary information and documents for application are published on the KCSF website, at the following link: More specifically, all information can be found in Guidelines for applications, for small project grants, Chapter 4 – Application procedures.

7. Where can we find the application form for small project grants?

All the necessary information and documents for the application are published on the KCSF website, at the following link:

8. Is the age  of target groups defined, meaning that can we have children as target group of our project?

No, the age of target group is not defined. The marginalized groups that should be in the focus of the intervention are listed in the Guidelines for application.

9. Is it necessary to include all marginalized groups mentioned in the Guideline for application?

No, it is not necessary to include in your project all the marginalized groups listed in the guidelines for applications.

10. Are awareness campaigns supported, if they are necessary for the realization of the project andy are only a part of the project activities?

Awareness raising campaigns without proper follow-up activities are not supported. If one of the project activities is an awareness campaign and it is necessary for the realization of the project, then this activity can be supported as a part of the larger intervention.

11. Can we apply in partnership?

Partnerships with other NGOs/unregistered initiatives are allowed. In this case, the lead applicant takes full responsibility for the implementation and management of the project.

12. Regarding the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in project implementation, can we have flexibility in the implementation of activities  that may be forseen to to be implemented in the entire territory of Kosovo, but because of the situation with th pandemic, any change might be needed while implementation?

Your application will be reviewed prior the start of the implementation whereby, together with KCSF, the activity plan and the budget shall be adapted to the epidemiological situation and how it affects the activities. If you will need additional changes and adaptations during the implementation, the flexibility in this regard is possible as the situation in unforeseen and is affecting the whole society, but always in line with the requirements and procedures of the EJA Kosovo program.

13. Are we allowed to apply on two different EJA calls for applications?

Yes. In principle, it is possible because they are separate processes and calls, but always referring to the criteria and requirements explained in the Guidelines for application.

14. Can a researche be supported, if it is necessary for the realization of the project and if they are only a part of the project activities?

Researches and feasibility studies, especially as a means to design the next part of the intervention, in principle, will not be supported. They can be covered in special cases, but only if they are necessary for the realization of the intended objectives of the intervention.

15. Can new organizations apply if they have an annual turnover of less than 25 thousand Euros, even if there is no turnover in the last three years?

Yes. New organizations with an annual turnover of less than 25 thousand Euros can also apply, even if they have not had any turnover in the last three years. If it is an organization that was established in 2020, then it should be written N/A at the budget for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

16. Can individuals apply?

Yes. Individuals (citizens of the Republic of Kosovo) also have the right to apply for this call same as unregistered initiatives (a group of citiziens) and NGOs.


1. Does this call fund individual businesses?

As per guidelines for application for urgent grants, individuals or unregistered initiatives must prove that their engagement is not for profit, more for public benefit and not for private interest. Businesses are not qualified, while NGOs representing businesses or similar entities that it is clear they have the financial capacity to cover the expenses of their organization or maintain their activities are not targeted by KCSF grants.

2. Where can we find guidelines for application for urgent grants?

All information regarding the call for application for urgent grants, including the guidelines for application, can be found on our website.

3. Can organizations from Albania apply in this call or only in cooperation with NGOs from Kosovo?

Based on the guidelines for application, only individuals, unregistered initiatives and organizations active in Kosovo engaged in a non-profit initiatives are eligible to apply in this call (branches of foreign and international NGOs registered in Kosovo are not eligible to apply). The same rules apply to partners.

4. What is the maximum amount we can apply for?

The maximum amount of support within the call for application for urgent grants is 5,000 EUR.

5. What can be the maximum duration of the grant?

The maximum duration of an urgent grant can be 12 months.

6. Can we apply for craftsmanship?

Your application must be in the field of democratization and EJA Kosovo program areas. For more details about EJA Kosovo program and what initiatives are intended to be supported, please see the guidelines for application for urgent grants.

7. Where can I find the application form for urgent grants and what documents should be attached?

All information about the call for application, including the application form along with other documents can be found on our website.

8. Is it necessary to apply in three languages (Albanian, Serbian, English) or only in one of them?

The application can be completed in one of the languages. It is not necessary to submit it in all three languages.

9. Is there any restriction on the issues we can address?

No, there are no restrictions regarding the issues you foresee to address.

10. What do you consider to be an urgent issue in a community?

An urgent issue is considered any issue that requires urgent contribution and reaction and for which there is not enough time to apply and go through other instruments procedures and regular calls such as project grants.

11. How many projects will be supported within this call?

According to the budget we have approved for this year, tentatively around 12 projects will be supported. However, it depends on the number of applications and their quality. The entire available budget will not necessarily be spent.

12. Are existing projects supported within the call?

Existing projects can be supported if they meet all urgent requirements and criteria which are explained in the application guidelines. In addition, the project should contribute to the overall goal and results of the EJA Kosovo program.

13. Is the purchase of equipment that will help the realization of the project allowed?

All ineligible costs are listed in the guidelines for application for urgent grants. In principle, the purchase of equipment is not prohibited. However, the necessity of such purchase must be justified.


1. Within the call, can we foresee opening a website for the publication of all financial statements and other activities? Can the drafting of an advocacy strategy be envisaged as an activity according to the current strategy?

It can be presented if these activities are in line with the organization’s strategy, they contribute to achieving strategic objectives or offer you the opportunity to have better representation as an organization and contribute to increasing the level of transparency.

2. Can branches of an organization apply?

Applicant organizations must meet all the requirements and criteria set out in the call for applications.

3. Should administrative documents be submitted at the time of application with other application documents such as internal financial regulations, HR, etc.?

Apart from the mandatory documents presented in the application guideliness, it is not necessary to deliver other documents.

4. Can the content of the applications/project be in English?

Yes, applications can be submitted in one of three languages: Albanian, English, and Serbian. All templates are on the KCSF website.

5. Should the list of organization members be signed when we submit the application with other documents?

All documents must be submitted as per requirements in the part for mandatory documents, including whether these have to be signed or not.

6. Can we move the margins in the application form and intervene in the forms for writing purposes?

No, you can not intervene in the published format.

7. In the budget, in the part for presentation of program costs and components, how are they supposed to be presented?

The budget should include all organization activities depending on the organization and the projects/programs you have.

8. Are we allowed to foresee additional activities in addition to those planned in the strategy we are currently implementing?

Proposed activities should be in line with the organization’s strategy regardless of whether activities are being implemented or not.

9. Is the application permitted if the organization is registered in Prishtina but has a membership at the level of Kosovo in different cities? In other words, it is an organization that works at the national level?

The EJA Kosovo program supports organizations that operate at both local and central levels.

10. What does civic engagement mean if the organization’s target group or the group with which the organization works is a separate community, for example, blind people?

Engagement of the target group, regardless of which category it belongs to, is expected to be systematic and intentional throughout the organization’s work. For more details, please see the guidelines for applicants: civic engagement.

11. What is the percentage of the budget that can be spent on administrative or staff expenses?

Except for the category for organizational development where the limit is 15%, there is no limit for other categories.

12. Is the drafting of a new strategy foreseen in the framework of this grant if the current strategy is expiring?

In the call for institutional grants, the organization must have the strategic document of the organization which covers all or most of the grant period.


1. Does the fact that organizational strategic planning ends in 2021 present a problem?

The organization can apply for an institutional grant and such details should be clarified in the application form and other required documents. Also, according to the rules of the program, institutional grants are reviewed after every one-year period, and in such cases the possibility of adaptation to the circumstances and context is foreseen.

2. Is the maximum budget funded by this call total 40,000 EUR or is it 40,000 EUR per year?

The maximum budget required for funding from this call should not exceed 40,000 EUR/year (including audit). Therefore, if an organization applies for 24 months, maximum budget an applicant can apply for funding is 80,000 EUR, and if applied for 36 months maximum budget is 120,000 EUR.

3. Should only one log-frame be presented or two (one for the organization and one for the grant program)?

Only one log-frame should be presented, the one from the Organization’s strategic document (as per EJA Kosovo model).

4. How detailed should the organizational budget be (is there a need to include all budget lines for all projects)?

The budget should include all projects and should be presented as per EJA Kosovo budget template for Institutional Grants. Budget lines can be presented in cumulative for all projects (i.e. translations, training, etc.)

5. Should all projects be described/detailed in the application and budget or only the ones relevant to this call?

All projects implemented by the applicant organizations must be presented on the application form. Also, the budget of the entire organization for application period must be submitted, with clear indications of those budget lines for which support is requested from EJA Kosovo, as well as specifications and justifications for salaries (as per EJA Kosovo template).

6. If the application is rejected in this round, can we apply with the same one  in next round, or should it be a completely new application one?

Whether the applicant should apply with an updated application or a new one, it’s at organization discretion. It depends on the time and circumstances when the application is submitted. Applications are evaluated within the round in which they are submitted.

7. Can we apply if we only have financial audit report for 2019, and not for 2018?

Based on the call for application for institutional grants, the applicant must submit annual financial statements or auditor’s reports for the last two (2) years, , not necessarily both documents for each year. If an organization has an audit report only for one year, it can submit a financial statement for the next year.

8. Is commitment to pay internship considered a scholarship?

Payment for internship is an acceptable cost.

9. Can we contract companies to organize trainings?

The contracted part should not dominate the grant. Hence, a certain amount can be contracted. However, in general, it is expected activities tobe implemented by the organization that proposes them, especially those activities that are in its area of expertise.

10. Should we refer to the overall goal, expected results and activities in log-frame for the next three years based on the strategy or only for those activities for which  funding is requested?

As to log-frame, you need to refer to the overall goal, expected results, and activities based on the entire strategy of the organization.

11. Are environmental issues supported by this call?

Yes, organizations that deal with environmental issues can also apply. It is important  application is in line with the overall goal and expected results of the EJA Kosovo program.

12. Are children considered marginalized group?

Yes, any marginalized and under-represented group in need to strengthen its influence in the society and improving socio-economic rights are eligible for this call.

13. Is partnership allowed within this call?

No, the call for institutional grants does not support partnerships. Institutional grant is are intended only for the organization that is.

14. Will there be restrictions on organizational budget categories?

Only the category of organizational capacity building (including office equipment costs) should not exceed 15% of the subtotal.

15. Are payments outside Kosovo allowed, for example payments for experts, visits abroad, retreats, membership in networks abroad?

Yes, such payments are allowed but the applicant must ensure that the justification is provided in the designated budget line, specifying the calculation of the expenditures.

16. Can you explain direct costs in more detail?

Direct costs are all direct program costs that do not fall into the category of personnel and administrative costs such as: training, various meetings, research, etc.

17. Can KCSF previous grantees apply in this call?

Beneficiary organizations from other KCSF grant schemes can apply for grants within EJA Kosovo program.

18. Is it necessary to attach the tax certificate together with other application documents?

The tax certificate does not need to be attached. All the necessary documents for application are mentioned in the call for institutional grants, guidelines for application and the application form.

19. What is included in the 15% for organizational capacity building?

This percentage includes capacity building for staff and organization in general, such as: development/improvement of internal work systems, various software, staff training and other activities that are estimated to affect organizational capacity building.

20. Should conferences, meetings and other activities funded by other donors be included in the budget?

Yes, they should be included. Organizational budget is created to show all organizational expenses and financing, regardless of the sources of funding.

21. Can organization apply for Institutional Grant if they have actual project grants financed from SDC or Sida?

Yes, organizations that have actual project grant financed from SDC or SIDA, can apply for Institutional Grant.

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Evaluator List

Ada Shima (Albania)

Ada Shima (Albania)

Ada Shima has a long experience in leading large, complex and multi-donor funded development projects in the field of employment and skills development policy reforms in Albania and Kosovo. Her main professional interests have revolved around the Social Protection Systems, with a particular focus on the Active Labour Market Programmes, as well as modernisation processes of the Public Employment Services and Labour Market Information Systems She holds a Masters degree in Social Policy and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science University

Afërdita Pustina (Kosovo)

Afërdita Pustina (Kosovo)

Is an expert in civil society and civic tech. Through her work she contributes to furthering democracy in Kosovo by empowering women, youth and civil society to participate in policy and decision-making processes. In the past, she designed the concept and led the implementation the online Digital Platform for Public Participation in Kosovo (, This innovative solution responds to an increased demand for improving transparency of government operations through a communication platform connecting residents and the Kosovo local government. Additionally, she ideated and led the implementation of the Kosovo Funding Portal ( Currently she is the Country Coordinator for Kosovo of the Technical Assistance to Civil Society (TACSO) Project. The project is implemented in Western Balkans and Turkey and works to enable CSOs to actively take part in the democratic processes and to stimulate an enabling environment for civil society and pluralistic media development and includes the cooperation with the Government. She is a Stanford University Certified Advanced Project Manager and holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Project Management from the Erasmus Mundus Programme. She remains is an active alumnus and volunteer in various programmes of professional interest.

Artan Canhasi (Kosovo)

Artan Canhasi (Kosovo)

Artan has over 14 years of experience in development aid, public policy, anti-corruption, legal aid, civil society, public sector (central and local level) and donor organizations. He managed multiple projects in Kosovo, such as capacity building for parliament, civil society, procurement, audit, and local governance.
He serves as a Component Leader in the USAID Transparent, Effective and Accountable Municipalities activity in Kosova, implemented by DAI Global. He leads a unit in charge of strengthening civil society organizations to track and expose corruption in procurement in Kosova’s municipalities. Previously, he worked as program manager for transparency and anti-corruption at Kosova Democratic Institute, the Transparency International Chapter for Kosova. Artan was the lead researcher for the National Integrity System assessment and oversaw the establishment of the Advocacy and Legal Advice Center at TI Kosova. There, he advocated for more accountability and transparency, clean political financing and improvement of the role of whistleblowers in Kosova. For over three years he worked as a Political Officer at the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosova – EULEX. During 2007 – 2009 he worked for the OSCE’s Central Assembly and Political Parties Section. There he was involved in coordinating international donors supporting the Assembly of Kosovo, managing programs for capacity building in the Assembly, liaison with NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and providing support to political parties.
With a vast experience with project management cycle, citizen advocacy, policy making and civil society activism, with a multitude of organizations – local and international – Artan has good understanding of socio-political context in Kosovo and has a sound theory of change, with citizens’ emancipation and empowerment as the cornerstone of this theory. He also has expertise on the various strengths of civil society organizations in Kosovo that could serve as a catalyst for this change. His native language is Albanian, and he is proficient in English.

Besim Nebiu (North Macedonia)

Besim Nebiu (North Macedonia)

He has more than 20 years’ of experience in management of international development programs, media & journalistic rights advocacy and shelter and residential programs in South Eastern Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Besim has vast experience in managing and supporting field offices, good knowledge of international development actors and policies in Western Balkans He has strong project cycle management and result based program-management experience with development programs supported by foreign donor agencies. He has managed multi-annual multi-country USAID and EU programs and has consulted for USAID, SDC, EU, UN and other large international organizations His understanding of the role of the civil society in the democratization process in the region is complemented by in-depth knowledge of the socio-political context in Kosovo. Having been involved in the civil society, both professionally as a trainer, coach and manager, as well as individually as an activist, Besim has good grasp of and experience with civic activism, participatory policy making, constituency building, gender equality and support to minority communities and vulnerable groups. Having started as an NGO small grant administrator back in the 90ies, he has over 20 years of international experience with evaluation of grant proposals, external evaluations and impact assessments of large civil society development programs. His native language is Albanian and he is proficient in English. Macedonian and Serbian.

Donjetë Berisha Matoshi (Kosovo)

Donjetë Berisha Matoshi (Kosovo)

Donjete Berisha Matoshi is an experienced professional in the field of education and social inclusion with a deep understanding of economic, social and political landscape in Kosovo. With over 18 years of experience in local and international development organisations, with specific expertise in non-formal education, prevention of school dropout of marginalized groups, in social inclusion and also trainings for teacher. She has extensive work experience in all stages of project cycle management, applying planning and monitoring tools. Her working experience is closely associated with civil society. As a co-founder of a local non-governmental organization, for 14 years she has contributed to the capacity building of this NGO. Working in an extremely delicate, complex, multiethnic society she succeeded in managing a perfect coordination with, donor community, local and international partners. Her knowledge of the role of civil society in the democratization process in Kosovo is complemented by deep knowledge of the socio-political context in Kosovo. Having been involved in civil society, both professionally and individually as an activist, Donjeta has good knowledge and experience in civic activism, participatory policy making, membership building, gender equality and support for minority communities and vulnerable groups. Has experience in evaluating grant proposals and in various evaluations of civil society work. She teaches Sociology in a Gymnasium and this experience further enriches her knowledge of the educational system in Kosovo. Her native language is Albanian. She’s proficient in Italian, English and Serbo-Croatian.

Edis Agani (Kosovo)

Edis Agani (Kosovo)

She has more than 15 years’ of experience in management of international development programs, in the areas such as human rights, governance, public finance management, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering. Edis has managed multi-annual EU financial assistance in major sectors like good governance and rule of law, including programs targeting civil society organization’s in Kosovo. In addition, she has managed and participated in large programs of other donors as well (US and UN). She has vast experience in project cycle management as well as good knowledge of international development actors and policies in Kosovo and in Western Balkans. Edis has in depth knowledge of the civil society structure, capacities and overall developments in Kosovo as she has managed multi-annual and large programs that supported civil society organisations. She has over 10 years’ experience in designing grant schemes, evaluating applications/proposals, monitoring and evaluation of the grant implementation. Managing large programs in different areas, including human rights, media, good governance and rule of law, enabled Edis to gain vast knowledge on overall socio-economic and political developments in Kosovo. Her native language is Albanian and she is proficient in English, Serbian, Macedonian and Turkish.

Ertan Munoglu (Kosovo)

Ertan Munoglu (Kosovo)

Ertan Munoglu has over 15 years of experience in the area of democratisation and good governance. His special interests are inter-ethnic relations, political economy and systemic approaches. He has got vast experience with development programmes with various international organisations. He worked with the Action Against Hunger, the European Agency for Reconstruction and the EU office in Kosovo, UNDP, GIZ, etc. He also worked for the Association of Kosovo Municipalities. He implemented and/or managed projects related to public administration reform, local governance, civil society and European integration. He is currently working with Helvetas as the Manager of the Decentralisation and municipal support project. Throughout his professional carrier, he was involved in project development, contract management and evaluation of project proposals and bids. Having worked for a long time with development aid, he has strong experience with project cycle management, result frameworks and monitoring systems. She has over 10 years’ experience in designing grant schemes, evaluating applications/proposals, monitoring and evaluation of the grant implementation. He also has experience in academic research and teaching. He is a (co)author of a number of strategic and research papers. For four years he also lectured courses related to European integration in Universum, a private college in Kosovo. He is proficient in Albanian, English, Serbian and Bosnian languages.

Gëzim Selaci (Kosovo)

Gëzim Selaci (Kosovo)

Teaches Sociology at the University of Prishtina. He specializes in the legitimacy of political authority, and has studied sociology, philosophy, international relations, and political theory in Prishtina, London, Budapest, and Tetovo. Gëzim is a member of Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA), and member of ISA (International Sociological Association).
His main research interests include the problems of political sociology, politics and power in society from interdisciplinary perspective, legitimation of authority, ideology, statebuilding, dynamics of collective identity, political activism, and social movements.
Gëzim has published in serveral international and local journals, and participated in research projects for international and Kosovo local organizations and institutions. He is the author of Legjitimiteti politik në Kosovë: rasti i administratës së përkohshme ndërkombëtare [Political Legitimacy in Kosovo: The Case of International Transitional Administration] (2020), Republika në udhëkryq: Kosova në dekadën e parë të pavarësisë [Republic at the Crossroads: Kosovo in the first decade of its independence] (2017) and editor of Leximi kritik i Tekstit: hermeneutikë moderne e arsyes islame [Critical Reading of the Text: The Modern Hermeneutics of Islamic Reason] (2019).
He is also a freelance translator and has translated non-fiction literature from English to Albanian published in Prishtina, Tirana, and Skopje. Gëzim contributes to Sbunker blog with comments and opinions on political and social developments, and to the thematic blogs: “Vita Contemplativa” presenting theoretical viewpoints on society, politics and culture from the tradition of social sciences and humanities, and “Ç’ka qënë, e ç’do të bëhetë?” presenting and discussing the Albanian political and cultural thought.

Linda Hoxha (Kosovo)

Linda Hoxha (Kosovo)

Dr. Linda Hoxha is lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina” Dr. Hoxha holds a PhD from Ludwig Maximilians University in Psychology with thesis “Conceptions of Kosovar employees on Creative Leadership: An exploratory design with mixed methods” and MA from Ludwig Maximilians University, in Psychology of Excellence in Business and Education and BA in Psychology from Department of Psychology, University of Prishtina.

Her research work and interests include leadership, creativity, personality traits, motivational factors, parenting styles and academic stress. Dr. Hoxha used to work for Save the Children International and Kosovar Civil Society Foundation in the field of Monitoring and Evaluation and Project Management. Dr. Hoxha is author and co-author of numerous scientific articles, books and reports.  


Ruzhdi Halili (Kosovo)

Ruzhdi Halili (Kosovo)

He is a PhD in Public Administration in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana and obtained an LLM Degree in EU and International Law in the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. The strategic planning and development, monitoring and evaluation, institutional organization expert in Kosovo and other countries with 20 years of professional experience as a freelance expert with civil society organizations and international organizations, senior civil service manager and adviser including on planning, monitoring, and evaluation, human resource management, etc. in the central and local level of the government. Established the strategic planning system in Kosovo including the Prime Minister’s Office and line ministries, drafted several strategies and their monitoring and evaluation systems for the government and independent institutions. Mr. Halili continuously provides training for the officials of public administration and other categories of employees in Kosovo at the central and local levels of the government on the strategic planning, Project Cycle Management, Monitoring, and Evaluation, etc.

Mr. Halili has an extended work experience and academic knowledge on the use of administrative simplification tools and methodologies to improve the administrative service delivery systems. He worked in several international projects in Kosovo in conducting needs assessments, research analysis, and policy development, contributed, and wrote several OECD/SIGMA monitoring and assessment reports for Kosovo as well as many internal government reports and policy papers related to the public administration. He has been among the first staff of the EU integration structures in Kosovo and has managed the development of the first European Partnership Action Plan in Kosovo in 2006 and its monitoring and implementation structures.

Shqipe Gjocaj (Kosovo)

Shqipe Gjocaj (Kosovo)

She is a gender specialist, a feminist activist and an independent journalist. She has eight years of experience in the civil society sector and the media. She has worked for several projects in the local NGOs as a researcher and project manager, namely on anti-corruption, election processes, and human rights. Gender issues are the focal point of her work; gender perspetive in the election and political processes, mainstreaming gender in policies and working places, women’s reproductive rights, gender representation in the media, LGBTQ+, and other related issues that cover the politics of gender and sexuality. She is a regular contributor to Prishtina Insight where she writes on politics and society from the gender and human rights perspective. Her articles have also been published in Kosovo2.0, sbunker, and Reuters. She is a master graduate in Cultural Studies from the College University of Hedmark in Norway and a bachelor in English Language and Literature from the University of Prishtina. Her native language is Albanian and she is fluent in written and spoken English. She was a fellow at Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence (2017); a K2.0 Human Rights Journalism Fellowship program fellow (2019); a participant in the IVLP: Women Leaders – Promoting Peace and Security by the U.S. Department of State.

Visar Jasiqi (Kosovo)

Visar Jasiqi (Kosovo)

He has more than 18 years’ of experience in leading Human Capacity Development Initiatives, managing various donor funded programs and projects, and working with philanthropists to support educational causes in Kosovo. He is a full-fledged believer in the socio-economic transformation of Kosovo through augmented local initiatives of civil society that address equality and help marginalized people to understand the social, political and economic factors affecting their lives, and to increase awareness of their power and build capacity to control their lives.

His passion for human capacity development, commitment towards social development and expertise and certification as Project Management Professional (PMP)®  have steered him towards leading large scale multi-year projects for Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, USAID, SDC, Norwegian Embassy, GIZ and other donors. He managed the “TechECDL Project” that trained more than 13,000 Kosovo pre-university teachers in computer literacy and usage, USAID TLP IPSC project to prepare 1150 Kosovars for matriculation at US universities and 1000 public servants in public policy development and leadership, initiated the “Female in IT- FIT” Project that trained 70 young girls to join the IT labor force and oversights many other project delivered at Training and Development Institute at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K). He has vast experience in grant proposal, monitoring and evaluation and impact assessment of civic activism. His native language is Albanian and he is proficient in English and Serbian. 

Violeta Hyseni Kelmendi (Kosovo)

Violeta Hyseni Kelmendi (Kosovo)

Violeta Hyseni Kelmendi is media and communication expert with 19 years of professional experience in this field. She has worked with complex organizations such as Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the International Civilian Office (ICO), and various international donor projects (EU, SIDA, GIZ and others), as well as with mainstream national and international media. Violeta has been strongly involved in further improving the approach of the Government of Kosovo regarding communication of the policies and legislation, and public consultation. She has extensive experience with communications projects and strategies for public diplomacy and stakeholder management; hence she possesses good knowledge of the project management cycle. Having been worked as journalist for more than a decade – mainly as BBC correspondent from Kosovo – Violeta reported on current affairs, whereas she has profound knowledge on socio-political context in Kosovo and democratization process in general. She was also active in the civil society, providing professional support including capacity building trainings, mentoring and evaluation of grant proposals.  Violeta is a trustworthy, enthusiastic and optimistic professional, being able to keep team spirits high up during stressful times. She is a native speaker of Albanian, and proficient in English and Serbian.

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