Kosovo Foundation for Open Society
Kosovo Foundation for Open Society

Forum 2015

Forum 2015 was established in 2003 as a joint initiative of two of Kosovo’s most prominent NGOs – Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS) and RIINVEST Institute. At that time, Kosovo was overgrown with NGOs focusing on matters of a limited scope. Kosovo needed a competent civil society actor committed to big issues central to Kosovo’s broader development. The creation of Forum 2015 provided such an actor. Even today, Forum 2015 is one of few players willing and able to deal with bold, wide-ranging topics of direct importance to Kosovo’s political and economic future.

Confident that Kosovo’s future lies within the Euro-Atlantic structures, Forum 2015 is particularly committed to prepare Kosovo for integration into the EU. The topics chosen for Forum 2015’s projects reflect this ambitious mindset, and are consequently cross-sector in range.

Kosovo’s institutions are still maturing. Forum 2015 believes it is crucial to debate and research pressing issues in order to make Kosovo’s development smoother and the encumbrances smaller. Raising awareness and competencies within Kosovo’s civil society, as well as among political, academic and business actors will help enable Kosovo to face its future challenges.

Forum 2015’s activities reflect our broader strategy of competence building and advocacy in support of Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic integration.

Our high-profile discussion events offer an arena where local and international decision-makers, experts and stakeholders meet and debate topics of pressing relevance to Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic ambitions.

With Forum 2015’s publications, Kosovo’s decision-makers are provided with research, analysis and substantive policy proposals. Our publications preserve relevant recommendations and concerns raised at the discussion events, and inspire continuing debate.

As part of our advocacy strategy, Forum 2015 ensures that our events and publications are widely publicized and broadcasted. We react to day-to day developments in Kosovo, issue statements, prepare policy papers and arrange meetings and press conferences to quickly advocate our analyses and proposals.

Since Forum 2015’s establishment, our projects have developed and strengthened Kosovo’s civil society and, more broadly, political culture. This achievement is in itself key for preparing Kosovo for Euro-Atlantic integration.

Our previous projects have focused on the unresolved status issue, developments in Kosovo’s economy and education system, decentralization, as well as other topics of immediate concern for Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

At Forum 2015, we acknowledge the importance of utilizing and nurturing Kosovo’s own resources. Connecting Kosovo’s intellectual energy and focusing it on pressing contemporary topics is central to Forum 2015’s competence building strategy.

In concrete terms, we actively involve other civil society actors and experts in our projects – through cooperation, delegation and/or funding. Selecting and gathering academics, politicians, and representatives from the business sector, Forum 2015 provides these with a unique arena for cooperation, debate and production.

Forum 2015 has wide-ranging contacts also among prominent regional and international civil society actors, diplomats, experts and politicians. These are selectively called upon to contribute to our projects when appropriate.

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Who Guards the Guardians

Who Guards the Guardians

Forum 2015, operational project of KFOS has recently invited the NGO “EC Ma Ndryshe” to cooperate in a project which analysed main elements determining civil society’s accountability, based on universal principles and practices that were used as basis to analyse the situation of accountability in civil sector in Kosovo. Read more...
Over 10 Years of Parliamentarism in Kosovo

Over 10 Years of Parliamentarism in Kosovo

The history of Kosovo’s Assembly as a democratic institution is young. Following the war in 1999, Kosovo underwent two transitions. One, the transition towards establishing its independent status and, two, a post-communist transition from a fifty year-long monist system to a parliamentary system. Read more...
ROCK AND RULE: Dancing with EULEX

ROCK AND RULE: Dancing with EULEX

The EULEX rule of law mission in Kosovo is the largest Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) mission to date. EULEX’s mission statement was set in 2008 in a Council Joint Action. EULEX’s designated mission is to “assist the Kosovo institutions, judicial authorities and law enforcement agencies in their progress towards sustainability and accountability and in further developing and strengthening an independent multi-ethnic justice system and multi-ethnic police...” Read more...
What next for KSF: An army or not?

What next for KSF: An army or not?

The Security Sector Review is a necessary process in view of the changes in the external environment and internal developments in Kosovo. The development of the security sector in Kosovo has been underway since the post-conflict period and most notably in the aftermath of the declaration of independence. The evolving political situation which affects the national strategic goals as well as constraints in resources and the evolving threats necessities a comprehensive security review. Read more...
Top Electoral Shams: A Practical Approach to Fixing Elections in Kosovo

Top Electoral Shams: A Practical Approach to Fixing Elections in Kosovo

This paper treats each fraudulent electoral practice into one to two pages. Each technique for fraud or space for manipulation starts with the diagnosis of the problem and is followed by a recommendation. The ten chapters are organized in three general themes that pertain to the different stages of elections: (a) general, (b) Election Day, and (c) counting and post-elections. Read more...
Kosovo - EU Relations: The History of Unfulfilled Aspirations?

Kosovo – EU Relations: The History of Unfulfilled Aspirations?

Relations between Kosovo and the European Union (EU) are co-dependent. Prior to independence and statehood, Kosovo’s objective was to integrate with the EU. Main international actors involved in the Contact Group included guidelines to solve the issues surrounding the status of Kosovo. Read more...
Erroneous: Numerous and Continuous Faults in Cultural Heritage

Erroneous: Numerous and Continuous Faults in Cultural Heritage

Cultural heritage remains at the bottom of public policy priorities in Kosovo. Rarely or hardly do the public officials talk about this policy sector – excluding the days of electoral campaigns. As a consequence of chaotic urbanization that fails to comply to the sustainable urban planning and development, the Kosovo’s urban centers are being turned into gigantic concrete ruins. Read more...
Clearing Up the Fog of Conflict

Clearing Up the Fog of Conflict

The nature of conflicts and peacemaking during the last two decades has produced fragile peace and consequently has left unresolved, contested, and frozen conflicts between and among disputant states. Although mainly metaphorical, the northerner regions of conflict-affected states and territories seem to be more prone to destabilization and social fragmentation, as evident with the Protestant-dominated Northerner Ireland Read more...
Pathology of a Delay

Pathology of a Delay

The debate surrounding energy policy is among the most polarizing in Kosovo. For years now,government officials have been trying to convince Kosovars that there is great economic promise in the energy sector, while at the same time suggesting that energy concerns are among the most challenging for the country’s future economic development. Read more...
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