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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State and Budget - Mind the Bill!

State and Budget – Mind the Bill!

This policy paper is focused on the issue of budget sustainability, and the interlink with major projects like privatization of Post and Telecommunication of Kosovo (PTK) and construction of the highway “Ibrahim Rugova”. This policy paper was drafted by using primary data gathered for the purpose of this research and other secondary data from the research fund of Riinvest Institute and other agencies. Read more...
State of the State: Indicators Based Performance

State of the State: Indicators Based Performance

More than half of the ministries do not have annual reports of their work, and those that do, have few numbers that measure the real effect they have had in the society. Measuring government’s performance by measuring their output and effect of their performance is a rather novel trend globally which has already become a standard across the developed world. Read more...
FORUM 2015 is organizing the discussion titled: “Last Minute Deal of Public Assets”

FORUM 2015 is organizing the discussion titled: “Last Minute Deal of Public Assets”

FORUM 2015 is organizing the discussion titled: “Last Minute Deal of Public Assets”, which will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Grand Hotel, in Prishtina, starting from 14: 00. Last Year, Kosovo has started the implementation of a record capital project, with a valued financial cost of one-forth of the countries Gross Domestic Product. The highway contract “Ibrahim Rugova” even today continues to be closed for the public although the presented parameters in the budget projections reach a value of around 1 Billion Euros. Read more...
Ethnic-minorities

Ethnic Minorities – Challenges and Obstacles for a Successful Integration

The most recent study of Forum 2015 called “Ethnic Minorities-Challenges and Obstacles for a Successful Integration” addresses four issues that are important for Kosovo democracy in and particularly for the integration of minority communities in Kosovo society. This study gives a clear overview on some of the concerns of minority communities which affect their quality of life and which represent a permanent challenge in order for Kosovo Government and their political representatives to address them. Read more...
Round table debate ‘Integration Subject to Conditions’ on 30th November 2010

Round table debate ‘Integration Subject to Conditions’ on 30th November 2010

Forum 2015 and UNICEF are organising a round table debate to discuss the findings of UNICEF’s report ‘Integration Subject to Conditions’. Event will be held on November 30th in Sheshi 21, Prishtina starting 10 AM. The event aims to feed the ongoing debate on the current situation of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children forcedly repatriated from Germany to Kosovo. Read more...
Liberalizimi i Vizave: Çfarë Duhet të Di Qytetari i Rëndomtë

Liberalizimi i Vizave: Çfarë Duhet të Di Qytetari i Rëndomtë

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur organizon diskutim të hapur me Tanja Fajon, deputete sllovene ne Parlamentin Evropian nga Aleanca Progresive e Socialistëve dhe Demokratëve, me temën Liberalizimi i Vizave: Çfarë Duhet të Di Qytetari i Rëndomtë, më 22 tetor 2010, ne Sheshin 21, në orën 10:30. Read more...
Forum 2015 publishes the study "Local Reform in Kosovo"

Forum 2015 publishes the study “Local Reform in Kosovo”

Forum 2015 study “Local Reform in Kosovo” once again addresses the challenge of local government reforms in Kosovo. More specifically, the study reviews the impact of order effects that this reform will have on municipalities in Kosovo. While the initial debate on decentralization has led to different political coloration and is seen as a mechanism to integrate the Kosovo Serb community, this study brings an entirely new perspective to this process. Read more...
Dilemmas and Backwards in a Fast Track, Privatization of POEs in Kosovo, October 2009

Dilemmas and Backwards in a Fast Track, Privatization of POEs in Kosovo, October 2009

This research report aims at (a) improving information of policy makers and other stakeholders of the society about the current situation of POEs, the need for their privatization taking into account also experiences of other transition economies, and (b) to induce an improvement in transparency, accountability and especially encouraging public policies aimed at successful completion of this important process. Read more...
Kosova and the Arab World

Kosova and the Arab World

In response to the urgent need of an effective, pro-active public relations campaign for Kosova’s international image, Forum 2015 has initiated the process of improving Kosova’s image abroad. In this respect Forum 2015 is preparing the analysis on bigger prejudices promoted by international press about Kosova and its postindependence reality. Read more...
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