At the end of September and beginning of October 2017, Advancing Together and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in coordination with the Ministry for Communities and Return (MCR) organized the second round of Regional Coordination meeting in Prishtinë/Pristina, Prizren, Pejë/Pec, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica South and Gjilan/Gnjilane Region.
Topics of discussion related to developments on the Inter-Institutional Initiative on Durable Solutions for Displaced Persons from Kosovo (the “Skopje Process”) challenges on the systematization of the Municipal Offices for Communities and Return (MOCR) positions and other issues related to the process of return and reintegration.
Participants of the meeting included officials from the Municipal Offices for Communities and Return (MOCR) from the respective municipalities, MCR and UNHCR’s implementing partner Civil Rights Programme/Kosovo (CRP/K).
Regional Coordination meeting held in Prishtinë/Pristina
Regional Coordination meeting held in Prizren
Pejë/Pec Regional Coordination meeting held in Istog/Istok
Regional Coordination meeting held in Mitrovicë/Mitrovica municipality
Gjilan/Gnjilane Regional Coordination meeting held in Novobërd/Novo Brdo municipality.
On 26th of September 2017, the second round of Regional Coordination meeting was organized in Prishtinë/Pristina by Advancing Together and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in order to discuss progress and challenges of voluntary return process.
Participants of the meeting included officials from the Ministry of Communities and Return, Municipal Offices for Communities and Return in respective region and UNHCR’s implementing partners Civil Rights Programme/ Kosovo (CRP/K) and Kosovo Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims (KRCT).
Similar Regional Coordination meetings will be held in Gjilan/Gnjilane, Prizren, Mitrovicë/a and Pejë/Pec.
30 June – 02 July 2017 and 07-09 July 2017, Prishtina/Kosovo; SELF ESTEEM MODULES; Psycho social Training (Dealing with Stress, Communication Skills, Dealing with conflict, Decision making, Motivation) With kind support of Roma Education Fund.
28/03/2017-Brussels Western Balkans and Turkey nominated NGOs for the EU Second Award for Roma Integration Projects.
Young people are the key drivers of change! 13 fantastic projects that promote & advance the inclusion, integration & empowerment of Roma children & young adults will compete at tomorrow's "Second EU Roma Integration Award"! What kind of projects? What do they do? And who are the people behind them? Watch our teaser-video to find out, read all about them here: http://europa.eu/!hn93Yx & click here: http://europa.eu/!Wh67uT for more infos about tomorrow's awards.
Geplaatst door EU Neighbourhood & Enlargement op maandag 27 maart 2017
25/03/2017 Bar(Montenegro); Singing MoU – Joint efforts Roma NGO’s for improvement inclusion of Roma in regional level.
Advancing Together (AT) continued jointly with UNHCR and Ministry for Communities and Return (MCR) to support Kosovo Municipalities in drafting of Municipal Action Plan (MAP) for Displaced Persons and Durable Solutions. In this regard, AT facilitated an Information Session on content of MAP to the municipality of Rahovec/Orahovac Working Group (WG). During the session all WG members showed their commitment to draft this document, which is of crucial importance to the displaced persons for return and their re-integration into Kosovo society.
17/March/2017 “All different, all equal before the law” is moto of the conference organized by Office for Good Governance, Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination within the Office of the Prime Minister (March 17, 2017), launching awareness campaign for promotion of Law on Protection from Discrimination.
Advancing Together (AT) is strong supporter, standing alongside with this moto, contributing through direct involvement in this and similar events.
Advancing Together has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kosovo Ombudsperson aiming to establish a platform for close and efficient cooperation with regard to implementation of projects of Good Governance, Human Rights and other related fields.
Advancing Together (AT) jointly with Ministry for Communities and Return (MCR) and UNHCR is supporting Kosovo Municipalities in drafting of Municipal Action Plan (MAP) for Displaced Persons and Durable Solutions. In this regard, the municipality of Novobërd/Novo Brdo has established its Working Group, comprised of different municipal departments engaged in the process of return and reintegration and held its first information session facilitated by AT.
During the meeting all working group members showed their commitment to draft this document which is of crucial importance to the displaced persons and their re-integration into Kosovo society.
Advancing Together (AT) is a pro-active part of various municipal forums throughout Kosovo that are responsible for return and reintegration processes. Jointly with Municipal Offices for Community and Return (MOCRs), Ministry for Community and Return (MCR), UNHCR and other actors involved, these forums are taking place in regular basis.
Task Force (TF) meetings for interested to return (ITRs) applications, according to Needs Assessment (NA) field activity done in Serbia, were held few days ago in Prishtinë/Pristina and Lipjan/Lipljan municipalities. All actors involved in this process, in consecutive meetings, have reviewed more than 50 ITR applications in both municipalities.
Task Force (TF) meeting for interested to return (ITR) in Prishtinë/Pristina municipality
Task Force (TF) meeting for interested to return (ITR) in Lipjan/Lipljan municipality
07 March 2017 Advancing Together facilitated a meeting of Roma Political Parties, Roma Civil Society Organizations and Roma Activists of Kosovo in order to discuss the involvement of related actors in organizing the 8th of April for 2017 and Institutional response to Roma situation in Kosovo.
During the meeting with more than 20 representatives, it was consensually agreed to develop a Joint Declaration on the occasion of 8th of April (Roma International Day) addressing it to Kosovo Institutions and Diplomatic representatives as well as to International Organizations which are present in Kosovo.
24/25 Feb 2017; Roma Versitas Kosovo Program has organized/held two day workshop on “Debating and Advocacy role and its Importance” and “CV writing and Job Interview”.
18/02/2017 Roma Versitas Kosovo Program has organized/held training with its students on “Project Proposal Writing and Project Cycle Management” . At the end of training Roma Versitas Students received Certificate for attending the Training.
03-04/2/2017 Roma Versitas Kosovo Program has organized/held training with its students on “Time Management and Communicaion and Presentation Skills”. At the end of training Roma Versitas Students received Certificate for attending the Training.
15-20-21/12/2016 Meeting with Roma Veristas Students in Peja, Prishtina and Prizren.
22/11/2016 Let’s keep a clean environment! This ensures a healthier life and the neighborhood looks much better. Advancing Together (AT) has contributed with its advocacy activities on cleaning of the location in Nakëll/Naklo, in Pejë/Pec municipality. We talked with the regional waste company “Ambienti” in Pejë/Pec as well with the people in Nakëll/Naklo. An agreement has been achieved and the garbage was removed.
Nakëll/Naklo is a return location of some sixteen families, which were displaced for many years and who came back through several projects funded by international organizations and with the support of institutions.
23/11/2016 Regional Western Balkan Summit in Kosovo/Opportunities for Roma Inclusion in the Western Balkans, organized by the CRD assisted from Advancing Together.
18/11/2016- Advancing Together organized/held signing ceremony contact with 80 beneficiaries of the Program Roma Versitas for academic year 2016-2017.
In the event there were many guest one of them was Mr. Erxhan Galushi Roma Education Fund legal representative for Kosovo, and Mr. Bashkim Ibishi executive director of the Advancing Together, and also different representatives from the local, national and international institutions.
Mr. Genc Broqi Roma Versitas Kosovo Program Manager together with two RV students Mis. Mirjeta Qehaja and Mr. Arian Plavci, presented RV program in the KTV (Morning Program) and the s contract signing ceremony.
04/11/2016-Roma Versitas Students during the certificate ceremony for attending English course in Prizren RV Center, organized by Advancing Together/Roma Versitas Kosovo Program. We thank all students/participants for attending English course and our English teacher Prof. Edis Galushi. Success to be continued…
Advancing Together (AT) provided its support to ten Kosovo Municipalities on the process of drafting the Municipal Action Plan (MAP) for Displaced Persons and Durable Solutions. In close coordination with all municipal departments, offered its expertise and advice during the process of finalizing of the MAP, which is an important document for each municipality. The Municipal Action Plan (MAP) for Displaced Persons and Durable Solutions aims to assist Municipality in fulfilling obligations in regard to return and reintegration process.
Finalization of MAP of Gjakovë/Djakovica municipality by Municipal Working Group (MWG). Meeting held on 28 October 2016
One of the recent visits of German Caritas to Advancing Together into one of our Resource Centers in Prizren (Roma Versitas Kosovo Program) sponsored by Roma Education Fund.
21/09/2016&22/09/2016 Meeting in Peja and Prizren with Roma Versitas Kosovo students. Presenting the Roma Versitas Program and the call for new RV beneficiaries.
ADVANCING TOGETHER Roma Versitas KOSOVO & ALBANIA Cross border Cooperation
Based on the cross-border cooperation between Roma Versitas Kosovo and Albania, the above programs had the opportunity create space of inter-student socialization across countries and make them learn about each-other, combined with the fact of their own identity and formal way of gaining academic skills in academic writing.
Making the long story short; this is one of the first joint cross-border initiative which combines fun with learning!
Advancing Together (AT) and UNHCR met with Municipal Mayor of Mitrovice/Mitrovica South, Mr. Agim Bahtiri and Deputy Mayor of Klinë/Klina municipality Mr. Enver Berisha, including their respective representatives from Municipal Office for Communities and Returns (MOCR).
The aim of the visit was to enhance return process through development of the Municipal Action Plans (MAP) for Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) creating conditions conducive to return and durable solutions. The Mayors supported the initiative and agreed to establish multi-sectorial working group in order to draft MAPs.
Meeting AT and UNHCR with Municipal Mayor of Mitrovicë/Mitrovica South Mr. Agim Bahtiri, and Meeting with Deputy Municipal Mayor of Klinë/Klina Mr. Enver Berisha.
02/08/2016 Roma Versitas Students during the certificate ceremony for attending Roma Language, History and Culture Course organized by Advancing Together/Roma Versitas Kosovo Program. “Oven saste savore vash tumaro participe”.
13/07/2016 – Roma Versitas Advisory Board meeting took place in AT HQ-Prishtina. AT reported on Roma Versitas project implemented activities for period January – June 2016, and also presented its plans which are to be implemented in future July-December 2016.
Training sessions held on 29th June and 1st July 2016, related to the Municipal Action Plan (MAP), organized jointly by UNHCR and AT held in Prishtinë/Pristina and Pejë/Peč
On 29th June and 1st July 2016 UNHCR organized jointly with Advancing Together (AT) two training sessions for Heads of Municipal Offices for Communities and Return (H/MOCR). The first training session was held in Prishtinë/Pristina with H/MOCRs from Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, Prishtinë/Pristina, Lipjan/Lipljane, Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Obiliq/Obilič, Kamenicë/Kamenica and Gjilan/Gnjilane municipalities, while the second training session was held in Pejë/Peč with H/MOCRs from Pejë/Peč, Gjakovë/Djakovica, Klinë/Klina and Istog/Istok municipality.
09/07/2016 Roma Versitas Students attending Roma Language/History and Culture course. This is a first of its kind activity organized for students from Kosovo. Success to all students, and big thanks to Sylejman Elshani (RVC Prizren Coordinator) and to Professor of Romology, Avdi Misini.
14 May 2016- ADVANCING TOGETHER BECAME A REGIONAL NGO
Between 08-12 May 2016 the Advancing Together delegation from a Kosovo visited Albania and conducted series of meetings with Roma NGOs in order to formulate its strategic goals in Albania. The above mission is also in relation to the drafting its priority intervention in lieu of its branch office in Albania.
Here are some of the photos from a meeting(s) we had with different NGO’s and Roma activists from Albania.
23/06/2016 A very constructive meeting with Roma Versitas Students in Prishtina there are many good things to come, RV students we are all pleased to have YOU.
20/06/2016 First group of the Roma Versitas Students in Prizren are doing placement test for English course. Success to ALL.
Advancing Together jointly with other members of the Platform of Civil Society Organizations and representatives of the Kosovo government discussed plans of Kosovo inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities 2016-2020.
In the Roundtable participated representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office, relevant Ministries, different institutions, representatives of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, civil society organizations and international organizations.
22.23/5/2016 Based on the cross-border cooperation between Roma Versitas Kosovo and Albania, the above programs had the opportunity create space of inter-student socialization across countries and make them learn about each-other, combined with the fact of their own identity and formal way of gaining academic skills in academic writing.
Making the long story short; this is one of the first joint cross-border initiative which combines fun with learning!
24/04/2016 Presenting REF/RMUSP program at Roma Versitas office in Peja…
18/04/2016 REF program visit in Roma Versitas Kosovo Program, Resource Center- meeting with Roma Versitas students in Peja.
15/04/2016 Presenting REF/RMUSP program at Roma Versitas office in Prizren.
07/03/2016 Outreach visit in Prizren and Peja, meeting with Roma Versitas Kosovo Students.
18/02/2016 Prishtina; Meeting with Roma Versitas Students