Publishing is one of the key activities of the New Social Initiative – NSI. In next years, the NSI will put the efforts to publish as much as possible research documents, policy papers, op-eds, manuals, guidelines and brochures.
The New Social Initiative publications are free of charge and can be found at our webpage or social networks profiles.
STAVOVI GRAĐANA I ORGANIZACIJA CIVILNOG DRUŠTVA O RADU LOKALNIH SAMOUPRAVA
Ovaj dokument je proizvod istraživanja u okviru projekta ’Odgovorno društvo – transparentne opštine’ koji sprovode Nova društvena inicijativa (NSI) iz Severne Mitrovice i Komunikacija za razvoj društva (CSD) iz Gračanice, finansiranog od strane Kosovske fondacije za otvoreno društvo (KFOS) u okviru programa “Reconnecting Mitrovica” – Zastupanje i uključivanje građana u donošenje odluka kroz analizu i proaktivno novinarstvo.
REPORT – ON LOCAL ELECTIONS 2017
This document is a product of the research within the project ‘Greater Participation for Better Engagement’ implemented by the New Social Initiative under the ‘Promotion of a Democratic Society’ scheme led by the Kosovo Foundation for Civil Society, funded by the Swiss Cooperation Office in Kosovo (SCO-K).
IZVEŠTAJ – LOKALNI IZBORI 2017
Ovaj dokument je proizvod istraživanja u okviru projekta ‘Veća participacija za bolju uključenost’ koji je sprovela Nova društvena inicijativa u okviru šeme ‘Promocija demokratskog društva’ koji vodi Kosovska fondacija za civilno društvo, finansirana od strane Švajcarske kancelarije za saradnju na Kosovu (SCO-K).
Da li je vaša opština zaista vaša? Procena uskladjenosti lokalnih samouprava sa principima učestvovanja gradjana u donošenju odluka na severu Kosova. Ovaj izveštaj razmatra trenutne okolnosti i izazove, fokusirajuci se na učešće gradjana u procesima donošenja odluka kao jedan od glavnih uslova za delotvorno demokratsko upravaljanje i jedan od preduslova za jacanje položaja lokalnih samouprava u četiri opštine na severu Kosova. Na osnovu toga, izveštaj razmatra mogućnosti za poboljšanja koja imaju za cilj da posluže kao smernice za dalji razvoj postojećih i uspostavljanje novih praksi.
Is your municipality truly yours? Assessment of local governments’ adherence to principles of citizen participation in north Kosovo. This paper explores current circumstances and challenges, focusing on citizens participation in decision making, as one of the main condition for effective democratic governance and one of the precursors for strengthening the position of local governance in four northern municipalities. Built on that, the paper considers the potential for improvements aiming to serve as a guideline for further development of existing practices and establishment of the new ones.
Innovative approaches in citizen participation – Good Practices Report. The overall objective of the Good Practices Report was to contribute to the strengthening of democratic potentials at the local government level in northern Kosovo, through assessment, identification, development and demonstration of innovative approaches in good governance, primarily in terms of citizen participation. The specific objective of this report was to identify good practices and exploring their applicability within the local context in one of the four municipalities in North Kosovo, as well as to provide recommendations and technical assistance to local governments to establish innovative mechanisms for interactions with the constituency.
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Media and Civil Society as a Medium for Awareness of Political Realities – the Case of the Brussels Dialog
NSI proudly presents our first research document Media and Civil Society as a Medium for Awareness of Political Realities – the Case of the Brussels Dialogue, written by Dina Milovanovic. This paper tried to understand to which level the accessibility and readiness for cooperation of political and public institutions representatives, and the information sharing, influences the work of media and civil society, in terms of contributing to the process of the Brussels Dialogue (including what that contribution could be), monitoring the process (primarily implementation of the achieved) and informing the public about it. In line with that, the paper explores the correlation of these components with the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Kosovo Constitution, as both media and civil society ultimately serve to contribute to the achievement of those rights and freedoms.
Participatory Budgeting in North Kosovo
(possibilities and obstacles)
Government structures in Western countries have been shaped by the systemof checks and balances which has formed the core of good governance for more than two centuries. In the roots of country’s accountability framework lie the rewards and sanctions system linked to the results that help shape public sector performance. On the other side, there are many developing countries which continue to suffer from often dysfunctional governance system which include rent seeking and malfeasance, inappropriate allocation of resources, inefficient revenue systems, and weak delivery of vital public services.
Participatory budgeting is one of the tools that might help in overcoming unsatisfactory and dysfunctional local governance. Implemented right, it has potential to make governments more responsive to citizens’ needs and preferences and more accountable to them for performance in resource allocation and service delivery.This paper aims to give an overall look on participatory budgeting, to present the ways in which it had been implemented in wide range of societies, to present tools that may help in implementing it, but also to give a picture of Kosovo local government performances related to citizen participation in decision making processes with special emphasis on northern municipalities.