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.