On the 11 March, KCSF officially launched the new resource center for civil society development in Prishtina together with the presentation of the monitoring Matrix on enabling environment for CSDev and the BCSDN Mid-term strategy activities supported under the IPA Balkan Civil Society Acquis project.
The Norwegian Embassy in Kosovo supported the establishment and running of a Centre for civil society development, called KCSF Centre. This centre, which will be open to public, will provide information, know-how, trainings and coaching on 5 main fields: 1) legislation on civil society; 2) internal governance for CSOs; 3) citizen participation; 4) CSO participation in European Agenda and 5) Fundraising for civil society. All of these fields will be covered with information, know-how, trainings and coaching. This centre will have its Front Desk which will provide the basic information, while advanced information will be provided by KCSF program staff. Within the Front Desk there is a reading corner, a meeting corner as well as small library.
The idea behind this Centre was to provide content and not space, therefore KCSF decided to combine the opening of this Centre with a content-related activity. CSDev Matrix was the presented as an initial activity of this Centre. The opening of the center was greeted by Mr. Jan Baarthu, Ambassador of Norway to Kosovo and Ms. Vlora Citaku, Minister of European Integration. They both commented on the Monitoring Matrix and the work KCSF has been doing in Kosovo. There were around 30 present stakeholders included representatives of CSOs, EUD, TACSO LAG, Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs, Ombudsman office, CIVIKOS etc. All were positive of the need and confirmed the monitoring of the enabling environment for CSDev will be useful to address CSDev in the region. The presentation was followed by a fruitful discussion on which the main stakeholders expressed eagerness to see the implementation of this monitoring and talked about the importance of partnership between state institutions and CSOs.