The ongoing corrupt practices in the public and private sector in Kosovo and the impotence of a functioning legal system to combat this phenomenon are the main headlines of domestic and international reports and assessments for as long as possible. Corruption and organized crime practically continue to coexist at all levels of state organization and public perception while fighting rhetoric and deficient integrity of political entities.
Efforts to effectively prevent and combat corruption depend primarily on the political will to establish the legal basis and adequate mechanisms. Existing legal provisions are not enough: many laws are still missing, others have deficiencies, while institutions guaranteeing the rule of law, and in particular the judiciary, do not have enough resources and resources.
Based on the principles of democratic society and the rule of law, the Transparency and Anti-Corruption Program (HICP) aims to influence the promotion of a culture of anti-corruption and the creation of an environment dominated by institutions of high integrity and which will be able to take effective measures to eradicate corrupt practices, both in public and private organizations.
KDI as a formal member of the global anti-corruption movement, Transparency International, through the HUT program, is committed to a Kosovo where the government, businesses, civil society and the daily lives of citizens are free from corruption. This commitment over the past 11 years has been accomplished through quality monitoring, analysis and research, advocacy for change of laws and enforcement practices, direct support of victims of corruption, push for openness of power towards transparency and cooperation with prosecution institutions .
Arben Kelmendi joined Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI) team bringing his ten-year experience from NDI working in increasing the citizen participation in political processes and raising parliamentary life.
The last two years he has been part of the Transformational Leadership Program Team implemented by World Learning that aimed at generating a new cluster of leaders in Kosovo, capable of facing challenges during the Euro-Atlantic Integration process. He was also a coordinator of four university partnerships between the University of Pristina and four US universities (Dartmouth College, Arizona State University, Indiana University and University of Minnesota).
He is currently working on his master thesis in Sociolinguistics at the University of Prishtina. He is married and has two children.
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She is a senior advocate and project manager for transparency and accountability in public procurement. Diana holds a degree in Economy, with a major in Management and Information Systems. She has over fifteen years of procurement experience, of which over six years with KBR Inc., and DynCorp LLC., providing services for the US Department of Defense, and the rest in various local and international organizations and institutions in Kosovo. In 2011, she presented at the Heavy Europe 2011 conference in Rotterdam, organized by Hanson Wade, where she lectured on global market procurement and the importance of contract terms and conditions. Diana has a proven experience with a high analytical approach that provides “from cradle to grave” knowledge and expertise (both government and private sector) in acquisition planning, procurement development, and contract management.
In 2015, Diana joined KDI’s Transparency and Anti-Corruption Team. Since then, she has published several analytical and monitoring reports, and various public procurement studies. She has also provided capacity building services in training NGO’s and other interested parties in monitoring the public procurement in Kosovo. Diana was also a volunteer in the coalition of Democracy in Action organizations in the 2017 central and local elections where she has served in various capacities. Her areas of interest are public policy analysis and advocacy with a focus on the management of public money expenditures through public procurement, increased transparency and accountability of central and local government levels, and citizen awareness in holding Institutions to account on how they spend the taxpayers money.
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Florent Spahija in September of 2015 has successfully finished the bar exam. Previously he finished the bachelor degree in general law in University of Pristina, and continued the studies on a master level specified in civil law in the same institution. During his studies he started working as an intern in Judicial Center of Kosovo, also he was engaged as a trainer and judge on the Karl Popper form of debate that was organised for youngsters.
For a time period of five years he has worked with nongovernmental organisation BIRN (Balkan Investigative Reporting Network) on the position of legal adviser and judiciary observer. Additionally, he continued being a legal adviser on public Notary office, providing legal notary services; he also was a legal adviser in different private companies.
Since February of 2016 Spahija joined KDI/TIK in the position of legal adviser for the project of advocating and supporting the victims, whistleblowers and witnesses of corruption with legal advice. Moreover, Spahija served as a coordinator for long term observers and legal adviser on national and local elections for Democracy in Action.
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Majlinda Kurti is project coordinator of ALAC project, within the Transparency and Anti-Corruption Program. Kurti has been active in this position since 2015. She holds Master’s degree in Management and Informatics at the University of Prishtina. Prior to KDI she worked in banking and telecommunications institutions, such as ProCredit Bank and IPKO.
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Fjolla Uka is a researcher in Kosova Democratic Institute. She become part of KDI in 2015. She started by monitoring of the Assembly of Kosovo, to join later Anti-Corruption Program. Before KDI, she was part of National Democratic Institute, as part of the Assembly Strengthening Program, Fjolla was hired as an intern and later as a Legislative Assistant to support the work of the Eiectoral Reform Committee.
She continues Master’s studies in Law Faculty (field-Financal Law), in University of Prishtina.
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Elira Tahiri started volunteering and participating in social society activities from an early age. While studying law at the University of Prishina, she enrolled at different internships within a number of institutions, with focus on law enforcement. Elira joined the KDI team as legal assistant and shortly after was promoted to Advocacy Officer within the Anti Corruption Program. She is hard working and determined; her strategic abilities and determination are an asset to our team, and such is the experience and knowledge she gets within our institution.
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