After the war there was a major influx of donors with different agendas that resulted in the establishment of many donor driven NGOs. I think that KCSF played a crucial role in this context by helping the root civil society that was marginalized by the large donors. It increased the number of organizations with meaningful programs and built their capacities, keeping alive an important layer of a truly democratic society. I think that even today, and especially now with the decline in international donor funds, it’s predominantly local organizations like KCSF and KFOS who contribute towards the sustainability of other civil society organizations in Kosovo. When the external funds dry up, it’s these foundations that will have to bear the burden of helping local organizations with smaller targeted funds.

-Agon Demjaha
Academic, a civil society activist and the former Macedonian Ambassador to Sweden