Promoting and Communicating Benefits of the Kosovo-Serbia EU Facilitated Dialogue
Kosovo and Serbia Advocacy and
Policy Group (KSPAG) represent a consortium of think tanks and NGOs who
strongly believe in the process of normalization of relations between Kosovo
and Serbia. The Consortium is comprised of eight likeminded NGOs: Balkans
Policy Research Group (BPRG), Democracy for Development Institute (D4D),
Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) and NGO AKTIV from Kosovo, and
Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE), Belgrade Centre for Security
Policy (BCSP), European Movement in Serbia (EMinS) and Lawyers Committee for
Human Rights (YUCOM) from Serbia.
We were brought together by a
shared energy to renew support for the deteriorating dialogue when there was
little civil society interest in such initiatives. Our individual and joint
efforts synergize to create innovative approaches to sustain the dialogue and
transform the narrative for the public. Partners of the consortium are also
members of the Berlin Process Civil Society forum where we advocate for swift
and sustainable solutions to bilateral disputes.
The first Steering Committee
for the launch of the new project ”Promoting and Communicating Benefits of the
Kosovo-Serbia EU Facilitated Dialogue” by the Kosovo Serbia Policy
Advocacy Group consortium was held in December 2018 to align the project
implementation between consortium partners. The project is funded by
the European Union and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The
objective is to communicate the benefits of the technical dialogue on the
normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia to the wider public.
This project seeks to promote and communicate
the EU facilitated dialogue by bringing people and attitudes closer together.
Activities have been designed to reach out to the wider public – including,
Kosovo Albanians, Kosovo Serbs and Serbian citizens to highlight the ‘good news
stories’ of the impact of the technical dialogue. Research will magnify the
human stories that have benefited from the technical agreements and at the same
time, present different perspectives and challenges of the dialogue. The
peer-to-peer component offers participants opportunities to engage with other
perspectives, build alliances and challenge stereotypes and misconceptions,
which will contribute to constructive discussions on the dialogue.
The project foresees a number
of communication and outreach activities that aim to disseminate and
promote the benefits of the technical dialogue, engage in peer-to-peer
cooperation, research citizens’ perceptions, and engage people at the
local level to stimulate debate and enhance understanding.