Kosovo is a democratic Republic based on the principle of separation of powers and control and balance between them. The activity of the bodies of local self-government is based on the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Kosovo and respects the European Charter on Local Self-Government.
Local government institutions and elected officials, often lacking in capacity and experience, fail to establish and implement effective mechanisms and mechanisms that enable dual communication between them and voters, and as a result produce policies and decisions that reflect citizen’s contribution. Citizens, often indifferent to these rights and mechanisms, remain at the margins of decision-making processes. Impact on policymaking becomes even more challenging for rural voters, especially for women and national minorities, and this inevitably hampers democratic development of local self-government.
The Local Government Program and Citizen Participation (LMPC) is designed on this need and aims to intervene to fill this vacuum by maximizing its potential in civic education and civic activism to exert influence on government policies and to ensure a check on local government.
CSLAP through monitoring, advocacy, civic mobilization, drafting of alternative public policies, capacity building of public officials and NGOs aims to open the way for citizen participation in political processes and make their voices heard and translated into decisions useful for them.
CSLW will continue to engage in facilitating and conducting constructive dialogue between voters and electives, and transforming this communication into a culture of participatory democracy and a functional, transparent and inclusive local governance.
Elmedina Dorambari is a Researcher at the Kosova Democratic Institute. She joined KDI in July 2018, in the Local Governance Program. She received her MSc degree in criminal management from the University of Prishtina – Faculty of Law.
Mrs. Dorambari, has over ten years of experience in the non-governmental sector. Since 2004 she has been the Leader of Youth from the city of Prizren in the Hope Fellowship Program in the Albanian-American Council. From 2012 she was engaged in the Good Governance Program at the Non-Governmental Organization “EC Ma Ndryshe”.
Its focus and commitment, with special emphasis was on analysis of good governance at the local level, on mobilizing the community to be part of decision-making processes, research and implementation of legislation in the field of spatial planning at the local level, research in the field of cultural heritage, electoral processes at local and national level, undertaking various initiatives in mobilizing the broad spectrum to influence inclusive public policies, gender issues, etc. She also has considerable experience in the field of training of the non-governmental and governmental sector.Local Government and Civic Participation Program
Naim Cahani joined KDI in 2009 as a project manager and coordinator in ‘’Local governance and civic participation’’ program. He has graduated in the University of Prishtina – faculty of law. He’s currently an MA candidate in local governance and democratic society in a common program of 3 different Universities – The University of Prizren, University of Peja and University of Gjilan). He’s also an Msc candidate in the South-East European University in Macedonia – faculty of law.
Mr.Cahani is very much experienced in local democracy such as: strengthening capacities of NGOs and local officials, analysing and drafting the local legislation, advocacy and civic participation, electoral processes monitoring and in gender equality issues. He’s currenty engaged as a project manager in “Local governance and civic participation” program.
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