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Last updated: November 05, 2021

November 4, 2021

Aferdita Sylaj Shehu, a Kosovo Albanian, and Nemanja Nestorović, a Kosovo Serb, jointly run Community Building Mitrovica (CBM), a local organization whose mission is to contribute to peacebuilding and reconciliation. They reside in the divided city of Mitrovica. 

In an outdoor space, Afërdita and Nemanja shared their stories with 30 young people as part of USAID's Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation (RCT) activity storytelling hub, which aims to amplify interethnic cooperation as key to reconciliation and peace in the northern part of Kosovo.  

November 4, 2021

Azra Maksuti and Erin Kupina have been classmates since elementary school. Now high school students at Kuvendi I Arberit school in Ferizaj, as part of the community youth mapping initiative, supported by USAID’s After School Support for Teens, Azra and Erinhave embarked on a research project on their community’s perception of volunteerism. 

October 21, 2021

When Safet Berisha, the Head of the Legal Department at Kosovo’s National Audit Office (NAO), would send all audit reports to the State Prosecutor’s Office for further investigation, often nothing would come of it. All that changed in 2018 with the assistance of USAID’s Transparent, Effective, and Accountable Municipalities activity. Working to build the Anti-Fraud Unit from scratch and training provided with USAID’s assistance, Safet began filtering public procurement cases for potential fraud before sending them along with evidence to the State Prosecutor. 

October 21, 2021

At first glance, it may look like any other mixed-media art exhibition—photographs, videos, theater, stories. However, the diverse group of young people from across Kosovo, representing both Kosovo-Albanian and Kosovo-Serbian communities, are creating more than art. Together they are advocating for reconciliation.

October 21, 2021

A home is more than a place to live.  It is the place where we feel safe; where we can be ourselves; where we can forget the stresses in our lives, if only temporarily.  Home offers a sense of permanence in an unpredictable and capricious world.  

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