Serbia: Good Governance
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Amplifying Local Voices for Equitable Development - ALVED
“Amplifying Local Voices for Equitable Development” (ALVED) is a British government-funded project running from September 2020 through March 2023. The project is implemented in five municipalities in Kosovo and four in Serbia by a consortium made up of Peaceful Change initiative (PCi), a UK-registered charity, People in Need, and NGO Aktiv and Peer Educators Network (PEN), two Kosovo-based civil society organizations. The overriding objective of the project is to ensure that citizens in Kosovo are better able to empathise with one another’s perspectives, play active civic roles in society, and celebrate diversity. Through a focus on participatory social service planning, the project engages the expertise of the project consortium members with civil society and municipal representatives to ensure that high-quality social services are available to all. Grassroots civil society actors are offered capacity-building opportunities as well as funding for local initiatives that aim to improve cooperation between local authorities and residents. This project also pays special attention to the needs and concerns of young people, focusing on harnessing the potential of this vital demographic by investing in the development of knowledge and skills relevant for effectively engaging with their communities.
Amplifying Local Voices for Equitable Development
At the beginning of 2020, PIN launched a new project in Kosovo and Serbia, in partnership with the Peaceful Change initiative, Gradjanske Inicijative, Peer Educators Network, and Aktiv, to ensure that residents in both places are better able to empathise with one another’s perspectives, play active civic roles in society, and celebrate diversity. PIN and its partners will carry out activities designed to enable non-majority communities in Serbia and Kosovo to more effectively advocate for the local-level services to which they are entitled, as well as to strengthen participatory approaches to local service delivery to enhance inclusivity and partnership between civil society and municipalities. To these ends, PIN and its partners will provide capacity-building for grassroots civil society organizations, engage young people in cross-community activities, conduct awareness-raising campaigns, and provide grants for local-level organizations and institutions to improve service delivery and inter-community cooperation.