Bridges of Friendship

On 01 September 2006 , Developing Together (DT) entered into the agreement with OSCE for implementation of the “Bridges of Friendship” project in Prishtina region.

Municipalities covered by DT were as following: Prishtinë/Priština

Obiliq/ć
Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje
Podujevë/o
Lipjan/Lipljane
Kaqanik/Kaćanik, and
Hani I Elezit/General Janković

The project “Bridges of Friendship” is financed by OSCE and it’s being implemented in 5 regions of Kosovo. This project is an association of 5 NGO’s which has joined their knowledge and capacities to implement this project all around Kosovo. The goal of this project is to stimulate communication among citizens and municipality institutions.

This project started at beginning of September 2006 and was completed at the end of May 2007 (9 months period).

Main goal of the Bridges of Friendship project was to foster communication between people and municipal institutions, using existing village leadership structures and institutional mechanism to support local advocacy initiatives.

In all selected villages, DT through "Bridges of Friendship" project assessed resident's knowledge of how municipal institutions function. A needs assessments was also conducted through questionnaires delivered in the villages.

Issues brought by questionnaires were than discussed in the public debates organized by DT. After the debates were completed, DT compiled an analysis of issues and drafted recommendations which were than presented to the relevant municipal bodies.