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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Banking Sector: Facilitator or Barrier

Banking Sector: Facilitator or Barrier

Raisen from the scratch the banking sector managed to gain profoundly the trust of individuals and businesses across the country. Today several international reports see the banking sector as strong and sustainable vis-a-vis financial crisis in the region and beyond. Read more...
Morning After: Life Without Supervision

Morning After: Life Without Supervision

A critical review of progress against the Ahtisaari plan to settle Kosovo's status and some unresolved issues. Prepared jointly with the Group for Legal and Political Studies, the report analyzes the benchmarks set by International Civilian Office (ICO) and the achieved progress since Kosovo declared supervised independence in February 2008. Read more...
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Environmental Mosaic – 4 Case Studies Challenge the Governance!

The quality of the environment in Kosovo remains a secondary topic, despite a slightly intensified debate recently. Kosovo Government’s access and its strategic documents to improve the air, water and land quality are not introducing significant moments for discussion. Read more...
Public opinion and religion

Public opinion and religion

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Europe's Choice - Integrate or Stagnate

Europe’s Choice – Integrate or Stagnate

The Kosovo Foundation for Open Society, in coordinating the activities of multiple organizations and individuals involved in drafting the documents presented in this summary, had the pleasure to work with highly-dedicated people who displayed a remarkable level of professionalism and expertise. Read more...
The Weakest Link of Kosovo’s Democracy

The Weakest Link of Kosovo’s Democracy

It is beyond any doubt that new democracies suffer many shortcomings. They often happen as a result of wrong development directions; as a trend that does not ensure positive and quick changes in society; as constantly absent human capacity to move the society forward, or in worst cases, are presented with abusive actions towards rights, freedom and the property of citizens. Read more...
Investigative Journalism – concerns, challenges, and potential

Investigative Journalism – concerns, challenges, and potential

It is a no brainer that young democracies have many weaknesses. The Kosovar democracy has proven to have a number of them, as well, in particular related to the power and its abuse. The bold journalists have continuously informed us for several years now on matters that are difficult to explain rationally, and imply of potential abuses with democratic institutions for personal material gain. Read more...
Public Health System Reform

Public Health System Reform

The present report deals with five decisive issues of the health system, which decide about the destiny of a sick or a healthy person in Kosovo, which were realized or ignored by competent people: funding, payment, legislation, organization and behaviour. The aim of the report is to provide an analysis of the health system, but only with the purpose of presenting the influence of the system in the life of the citizens. Furthermore, the report provides the steps that need to be taken in order to avoid the situation when the citizen is faced with distrust and insecurity and regain the trust in our health system. Read more...
Round table discussion: 'The Public Health System Reform'

Round table discussion: ‘The Public Health System Reform’

Public health is one of the most challenging sectors in Kosova. Limited health services and fragmented health system are among key factors to lack of trust on the system’s effectiveness and efficiency. Dominated by the debate on whether to introduce health insurance or remain a subsidized by the state, Kosovo’s health system is in search of a sustainable solution that will increase quality of and broaden the spectrum of health services. Read more...
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