‘Empower-Engage Build Ownership’ - supporting CSOs role for a greener Kosovo

Prishtina, 19 September, 2019 – In the framework of Kosovo Sustainable Development Week (KSDW), Balkan Green Foundation (BGF) and Institute for Development Policy (INDEP) organized an event highlighting the successes and community impact deriving from the Project “Empower – Engage Build Ownership” (EEBO) supported by the European Union Office in Kosovo.

Burim Ejupi, the Executive Director of INDEP stated that is important to continue supporting concrete actions of local NGOs in the field of environment protection, green energy and circular economy – actions which directly focus on contributing to the betterment of the community. Ejupi informed that the core of EEBO project is its sub-granting scheme supporting a total of 59 project ideas implemented by local NGOs all over Kosovo, a scheme amounting to a total of 355,000 EUR.

Ricardo Serri, the Deputy Head of the EU Office in Kosovo/EUSR said that “The EU Office in Kosovo has strengthened the support for local NGOs all over Kosovo through projects similar to EEBO; however, a partnership and inclusion of partners from all levels is crucial.” Mr. Serri added that cooperating with NGOs/CSOs in Kosovo complies with the Union´s role in promoting best practices and advancing the sustainable development agenda.

Further, the event provided an opportunity for participating NGOs to hear from two of the many awarded sub-grantees within EEBO about their respective projects’ role for the betterment of the community. Eroll Bilibani from Dokufest presented the concept of Solar Cinema, the first traveling solar cinema in Kosovo supported within the first call of proposal of EEBO – a cinema operating through the usage of solar energy. Whereas, Robert Lekaj from AYA Pjeter Bogdani, one of the organizations awarded within the second call of proposals of EEBO, reflected on the importance of promoting cycling in Kosovo and changing the behavior of citizens in relation to the environment. Both of the organizations were thankful to the EU Office in Kosovo, BGF and INDEP for providing opportunities for local organizations to grow and increase their role for a greener Kosovo.

During the event, Delvina Haxhijaha Krasniqi, the Project Coordinator of EEBO, provided information regarding the following Call for Proposals within EEBO, which will be officially launched on October 1st, 2019. The third call will support a total of 20 NGOs with project activities in the field of sustainable development.

At the end of the event, participants received free bicycle lessons with the bicycles provided by the sub-grantee AYA Pjeter Bogdani. Whereas, Dokufest showcased the van, part of the Solar Cinema, and explained to the participants how the Cinema operates. Additionally, the event served as a networking opportunity amongst local NGOs, the donor community, and relevant stakeholders in discussing potential collaboration opportunities which are beneficial of communities all over Kosovo.

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