SELDI Partners from Kosovo
INSTITUTI RIINVEST, Kosovo, Non Profit Organisation
Postal address: Zona Industriale, Prishtinë 10000 Republic of Kosovo
Universiteti Aab-Riinvest, Objekti II, Kati IV
Riinvest Institute has 17 year experience as a think-tank in Kosovo. Riinvest involvement on various fields of interests in socio-economic life, strong and long partnership with local and international institutions, its advocacy activities throughout the years, analytical work in hundreds of reports, conferences and roundtables, and surveying (with roughly quarter million respondents over its existence) will serve as sufficient base for implementation of foreseen activities.
Research activities of Riinvest and other services are based on international standards. Riinvest Institute has over 50 research reports on different economic and economic policies; over 40 surveys with 35,000 respondents, and 8 yearly reports on SME development; 17 local development strategies for municipalities, and some industry analysis. Riinvest has also held 8 summer schools with over 200 participants, 53 workshops and training seminars with 1,800 participants, 15 business plans and feasibility studies for Kosovar and foreign businesses.
Riinvest and CSD have collaborated on the submission of previous projects and have participated in common international networks on corporate governance.
“Syri i Vizionit”, Kosovo, non profit making organization (NGO)
Postal address: Ida Demaj No. 14, 30000 Peje/Pec, Kosovo (UNSCR 1244)
“Syri i Vizionit” aims to promote local democracy and participation of Kosovo people. Since its establishment in 1999 NGO Syri i Vizionit has intervened with over 100 projects in various sectors of the society, including: society’s democratisation, peace-building, promotion of human rights, civil society empowerment, monitoring of institutions, economic development, urban mobility, social dialogue, networking with other organisations, etc. that are implemented with activities of the organisation and through networks with partners. In its continuous efforts for democratic practices “Syri i Vizionit” gave a special role to promotion of good governance, accountability, transparency and public participation in decision-making. At the national level, Syri i Vizionit as member and one of the founders of the NGO Coalition “Democracy in Action” since 2007 has monitored four rounds of elections: campaigns, media, Election Day and ballot counting in each polling station. In latest elections only, they have involved over 600 observers in one of five Kosovo regions; as part of the Kosovo Anti-Corruption Network, it has organised “Joined in corruption” campaigns, the campaign for changing situation in the Kosovo energy sector, in composition of the executive and candidate’s lists for MPs. Meanwhile, as part of the NGO Coalition for a Clean Parliament, prior to 2007 general elections, we published the “lists of undignified candidates for parliament”, with data gathered from media, courts and audits related to their potential or actual involvement in corruption, which resulted that vast majority of them were not elected. At the local level, Syri i Vizionit has drafted a regulation on transparency which was adopted by the Pejë/Pec municipal assembly, as well as a regulation on access to official documents that was adopted by Klinë/Klina and Istog/Istog municipal assemblies.
Associated SELDI Partners from Kosovo
Postal address: Str. Andrea Gropa, No. 35. 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo
Since January 2010 FOL Movement has been implementing the project Corruption Monitor. The purpose of the program was to strengthen public scrutiny of the anticorruption activity of the Parliament, Government, and Judiciary and observe the relationships between the respective institutions vis-à-vis anti-corruption activity thus encouraging better coordination. FOL Movement in addressing the need for information on the anti-corruption activity of the Parliament, Courts, Government and the Anti-Corruption Agency has designed the progress report called “Corruption Monitor” which has published on monthly bases and has include analyses and empirical data and information in regards to what each of the targeted institutions have done in fighting corruption on monthly bases.
Organization for Democracy, Anti-corruption and Dignity - ÇOHU!
Postal address: 2 Korriku, 4/4 Prishtina
ÇOHU! was the lead organisation implementing a project on 'Clean Parliament', a coalition of local NGOs on ensuring a fair and clean Parliament, back in 2007. Additionally, ÇOHU! cooperates closely with local NGOs in the anti-corruption filed. A recent relevant experience is the participation in a coalition of several NGOs, led by Free Press, concerning application at EEAS on "Media for All". Some previous examples include a cooperation of several Kosovo's NGOs in a project on 'Clean Parliament', and idea borrowed from Romanian Academic Center (SAR).
The Challenge of Corruption
Over the years Kosovo has made deliberate progress in fighting corruption, which still remains the main challenge for national institutions. The Kosovo Anti-corruption Agency (KAA) has been established in 2007. In the first year of operation it was understaffed and often faced political pressure. The cooperation of the KAA with other similar entities remained weak in the first two years of operation. In 2009, it became fully operational and staffed and it signed several MOU with other relevant institutions such as the Independent Judicial, the Prosecutorial Commission, the Financial Intelligence Center, head of EULEX persecutors, and Ombudsperson. One of the success stories of KAA in fighting corruption is the campaign on the declaration of assets, which led to an increase in the number of declarations by 96 % (1830) of public officials in 2011. Additionally, in 2012, the Kosovo President has set up the national anti-corruption council, which aims to improve coordination between anti-corruption bodies and increase the awareness for the fight against corruption.
The legal anti-corruption framework has improved gradually. The law on prevention of conflict of interest entered into force and the law on declaration and origin of property of public senior officials was approved by the Assembly in 2008, which addressed the issue from the 2007. The law on financing political parties has been adopted by 2010; however, it was still not in line with EU standards, because it neither prohibited nor regulated donations from legal entities. Additionally, three other laws have been approved in 2010 (although many of them are still unclear and lack fundamental provisions to track corruption): the law on preventing conflict of interest in existing public functions, the law on the anti-corruption agency, the law on the declaration on the origin of property and gifts of senior public officials. Based on the latter law, the declarations of assets of some officials have been published online. There are many discrepancies in these declarations between the incomes and assets, which leads to believe that corruption at higher levels persists. However, even if any assets should have been confiscated there was still no law that did the management of sequestrated or confiscated assets. By 2009, the law on managing sequestrated or confiscated assets was approved, but the institution that manages these assets is still in its initial stage of operating. In 2011, several laws such as: the law on declaration, origin and control of property of senior public officials, on declaration, origin and control of gifts of all public officials, the law on protection of informants (whistleblowers), and the law on public procurement have been adopted.