Increasing Citizens’ Awareness and Participation in the Justice System

USAID has partnered with Advocacy Training and Resource Center (ATRC) for this program, which is aimed at increasing transparency and fairness among Kosovo’s justice sector institutions. ATRC is working with local non-governmental organizations to conduct court monitoring and implement a public outreach and awareness campaign to strengthen public trust in the justice system.

ATRC has provided sub-grant support to 32 organizations to focus on court monitoring and eight organizations to oversee the public awareness campaign. Conducting both parts of the program simultaneously will help increase the level of transparency and accountability of Kosovo courts, as well as increase citizens’ awareness of and faith in the judicial system. With the help of USAID and ATRC, the people of Kosovo are actively involved in continuing to develop system of justice that is both reliable and fair for conflict resolution.

Sub-grantee organizations are given specific areas to focus monitoring and outreach efforts on over a six to nine month period. The areas include heritage cases involving women heirs, domestic violence cases, logging and environmental degradation, corruption, and the treatment of cases involving minority populations.

As they are completed, the court monitoring reports are presented directly to the Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC), Kosovo Prosecutorial Council (KPC), and Office of Disciplinary Counsel, as well as to the wider public through roundtables, public debates, and press conferences.

Each organization also evaluates their assigned court’s effectiveness in public outreach. The program is actively engaged in conducting and assisting courts in conducting public outreach to majority and minority communities alike, as well as in targeted areas such as assisting socially-owned enterprises to understand the legal process associated with privatization.

Project Duration: February 2013 - November 2015

Contact Information: Luljeta Gjonbalaj

Partners: Advocacy Training Resource Center (ATRC)

Last updated: November 13, 2014

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