Civil society organizations in the Serb community in Kosovo: Between perceptions and presentation

This publication is published as part of OPEN, a project carried out by the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS) in cooperation with Nova društvena inicijativa (New Social Initiative) and Forum za razvoj i multietničku saradnju (Forum for Development and Multiethnic Cooperation).

The overall goal of the research is to present measurable data on the role and contribution of civil society organizations to the openness and observance of democratic principles of the Serbian community in Kosovo.

The number of civil society organizations is increasing every year but their presence continues to dominate in Pristina, Mitrovica and Prizren. By 2018, 9,016 local and 530 foreign and international non-governmental organizations were registered with the competent Ministry. Out of that number, 96 % are registered as associations, whereas only 4 % are registered as foundations. One should also bear in mind that numerous associations, civil initiatives, clubs and religious groups are conducting activities informally without a legal status and financial capacities.