The Political Processes and Parties Support Program provides support to all political parties to establish internal organization, contest elections, respond to constituents, and develop policies. Importantly, Kosovo’s minority groups, including the Serbian community, have political party representation at the local level. Yet challenges remain. Parties struggle to articulate a vision and ideological tenets. Systemic challenges include election reform and strengthened party regulation to stabilize political life in Kosovo.
An important element ikn providing assistance to political parties is raising the internal debate on issues of vision and policy. Such dialogue allows the refinement of values and ideas, and provides activists with opportunities to influence policy formulation and acquire a sense of ownership in party affairs, while inspiring communication with the electorate. The National Democratic Institute (NDI), the implementing partner, works with parties to make this an inclusive process by involving more youth and women in the policy development process and encouraging their participation in the political process. Moreover, activities have assisted parties and processes to reform external laws, such as election law and party finance law, in order to conform to the democratic roles that they need to play in politics. In addition, activities work with minority-based parties to develop and implement advocacy strategies on behalf of their constituencies, by providing support to strengthen minority branch development and inter-communal cooperation.
Another important element of the initiative is to encourage sound election processes. The project collaborated with the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) and Democracy in Action (DIA), a coalition of domestic civic groups, on large-scale observation missions for the 2009 municipal elections and the 2010 parliamentary elections. Support is also provided to domestic election monitoring organizations in their efforts to standardize systems for non-partisan election monitoring.
Technical assistance was provided to the Office of the President in 2012 to improve strategic planning, organizational restructuring, and staff development, which concluded with organizing an International Women’s Summit in October.
· The first “week of women” leadership series, March 20 to 24, 2012, brought together more than 100 women from politics, civil society, the media, and business to learn skills to strengthen their positions in chosen fields of work
· Three youth conferences that brought together young party activists from both Albanian and Serb political parties and representatives from Albanian, Serb and non-Serb minority civil society organizations to discuss issues affecting youth in Kosovo
· A three-day international women’s’ summit entitled Partnership for Change: Empowering Women was organized with a focus on women’s empowerment in the economy, politics, and security sectors
Project Duration: September 2009 – September 2013
USAID Contact: Albana Kusari
Implementing Partner: National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Last updated: June 11, 2013