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Civil Society Fund - 2009

WORLD BANK ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2009 CIVIL SOCIETY FUND

WB LogoPRISTINA, May 20, 2009—Today the World Bank Office in Pristina announced the winners of the Civil Society Fund (CSF) for 2009. The World Bank Representative in Kosovo Ranjit Nayak signed the Letters of Agreement. With the representatives of the civil society organizations, whose projects were selected to be supported.

Press Release (doc) Albanian
Press Release (doc) Serbian

The purpose of the CSF is to support activities whose primary objective is to strengthen the voices of diverse groups and promote the inclusion of a broad array of citizens' initiatives in development policies and processes. This year, the World Bank is focusing on supporting activities related to civil engagement for transparency and anti-corruption.

The External Evaluation Committee (comprising of representatives from donors, local government and civil society organizations) and the Internal Grants Selection Committee (composed of World Bank Pristina Office staff) carefully reviewed 38 project proposals and selected five for funding. The total amount of available CSF funds in Kosovo this year was US$ 38,000.

The following NGOs and their respective projects were selected to be supported:

OrganizationAmountPurpose
Children for Tomorrow KosovaUS$ 6098.85Raise youth’s awareness and their active participation in issues of controlling corruption and improving transparence at the local government level through public awareness campaign and a series of meetings with youth in schools and theatres. The project will include youth aged 16 to 18 from the Gjakova municipality, in western Kosovo.
Center for Peace and ToleranceUS$ 6330Promoting transparent, non-corruptive and effective management of public finances by local government in municipalities dominated by Kosovo Serbs. The project aims to promote the community needs in order to improve public services and communicate that: 1) Politicians and bureaucrats should become more accountable to the public, which leads to better decisions; 2) Government decision-making capacity should be improved through involvement of all relevant stakeholders in national and local public policy formulation; and 3) Implementation of policies should become more efficient.
Drejt e n'Europë (Directly to Europe)US$ 8684Conduct a research on corruption in Kosovo which aims to disclose the opinion of Kosovo’s citizens about the level of corruption in Kosovo and in which instances it is more present. Main aim is to make aware Kosovo citizens and their leaders with the opinion of the public in Kosovo.
Human Rights Radio NetworkUS$ 8966To inform, educate on causes, consequences, and ways of corruption; influence on fighting the corruption and increase of the responsibility and transparency of public institutions. This will be carried through a media campaign on Promotion and Enhancement of Transparency in Kosovo, broadcasted on the HR Network of local radio-stations with program on Albanian, Serbian, Turkish and Roma language.
Klubi për Politikë të Jashtme (Foreign Policy Club)US$ 79001) Raising awareness about the damage that corruption as well as perceptions about its presence in our society cause to the process of attracting new foreign investments in Kosovo; 2) Support of Kosovo institutions in drafting more sophisticated platform for creating a better conditions, comparable with the countries in the region, for foreign investments; 3) Mobilizing social capacities in treatment of this phenomenon and contribution for development of an atmosphere where fighting corruption is considered as necessity.

The World Bank Office in Pristina will interact with the Grant recipients during the projects’ implementation to ensure that the objectives and the goals of the agreed programs are met.

The CSF program provides grants to civil society organizations to promote dialogue and disseminate information about development. The Program was created in 1983 and is funded by the Development Grant Facility of the World Bank. Active since 2004, the CSF program in Kosovo is managed by the World Bank Country Office and has supported NGOs involved in empowering Marginalized Roma (2004), Youth from different areas and different ethnicities (2005), civic engagement for environmental issues (2006), projects in Education (2007), and civic engagement for vulnerable groups (2008).

For more information about the World Bank work in Kosovo, please consult the Bank’s website www.worldbank.org/kosovo.




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