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.

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...
Image Matters

Image Matters

Kosovo has a serious image problem. In many European countries, the name ‘Koso­vo’ still conjures up images of ethnic conflict and organized crime. This calls for a coordinated response by government institutions and civil society. Image matters; especially for a young state like Kosovo eager to become active in world diplomacy, attract investors and join Euro-Atlantic institutions. With international recognitions still hanging in the balance, the country’s reputation is of greatest importance. Read more...
Civic Platform for 2007 Elections

Civic Platform for 2007 Elections

Shortly before the November 17 elections, "Forum 2015" has gathered Kosovar civil society organizations and experts to develop a "Civic Platform" for the 2007 elections. This paper aims to contribute to sensitization of citizens and other stakeholders participating in the electoral process on the main problems facing the society. Read more...
A Modern Tale - Kosova C 2100

A Modern Tale – Kosova C 2100

Forum 2015 introduced this publication while the Kosovo government was planning to build a new 2100-megawatt power plant, Kosova C. If carried out, the Kosova C project would have huge, multi-level implications for Kosovo’s development. Despite this, there was little public debate on the issue in Kosovo. In line with Forum 2015’s objective to provide an arena for pressing contemporary topics, we engaged a group of experts to work on a paper on the Kosova C project. Read more...