The Foundation’s Minority and Roma Program addresses one of the most important and difficult issues in Kosovo: minority rights and the improvement of conditions to satisfactory levels that are consistent with European standards. To this end, the Foundation works with government and civil society to strengthen capacities and improve implementation of existing policies. It does so through implementing and supporting a range of projects, including capacity-building measures; policy development and advocacy projects; research papers and community-building initiatives.
As Kosovo’s largest minority group, the Foundation continues to work a great deal with Kosovo’s Serb community, particularly those living within multi-ethnic municipalities. By focusing on issues specific to their community, and encouraging knowledge-exchange between Serb and Albanian intellectuals, the Foundation seeks to ensure a system of guarantees for the protection of minority rights and effective minority participation in local decision-making, as well as promoting the principles of multiculturalism at the local level. In so doing, the Foundation aims to encourage Kosovo Serbs integration within mainstream society.
The Roma sub-program addresses the specific needs of three of Kosovo’s communities: the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian (‘RAE’). They are considered as three distinct ethnic groups but as Kosovo’s poorest and most marginalised communities, they face similar problems, such as limited access to employment, education and adequate health provision. Since 2008, the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society has been the lead organisation supporting the Government of Kosovo in developing and implementing a comprehensive Strategy for the Integration of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Communities in the Republic of Kosovo, a project funded by George Soros and the European Commission. The Strategy provides the framework for development of the political, social and economic conditions necessary to allow the RAE communities to enjoy equal opportunities and respect for their individual and community rights, live free from discrimination and fully integrate into Kosovar society.
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Program Coordinator for Minority and Roma Program
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