Consortium: ‘For a Resilient Community’

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Kosovo
January 2018 - January 2021

BIRN Kosovo

The goal of this project is to contribute towards diminishing both motives and incentives for radicalisation, which can lead to violent extremism. Particularly important is institutions’ ability to empower young people and shape societal environment to successfully prevent violent extremism. This includes the social and economic inclusion of returnees, prisoners, and their families.

Donor:

The Global Community Engagement Resilience Fund (GCERF)

Summary:

The goal of this project is to contribute towards diminishing both motives and incentives for radicalisation, which can lead to violent extremism. This will be achieved by channeling public discourse towards building resilience to the phenomenon, and increasing accountability in public and governmental institutions, both local and national. Particularly important is institutions’ ability to empower young people and shape societal environment to successfully prevent violent extremism. This includes the social and economic inclusion of returnees, prisoners, and their families.

Main Objective:

The main objective of this project is to increase public understanding of violent extremism and to educate the public on relevant issues through proactive relations with the media. Informing the public of the project’s activities and results will also be crucial in order to promote the success of the project’s objectives.

Specific Objectives:

Specific Objective 1: Ensure that messages in public domain do not contain any unfavourable, inaccurate or outdated information which could have negative consequences;

Specific Objective 2: Strengthen the professional relationship between the project implementators and the media;

Specific Objective 3: Raise awareness within the broader community of the respective roles, responsibilities and activities of the project;

Specific Objective 4: Help shape attitudes so that the community at large can create a permissive environment for the successful prevention of violent extremism;

Specific Objective 5: Encourage public participation in the prevention of violent extremism and the process of building up resilience.

Main Activities:

  • Activity 1: Researching, producing and broadcasting five televised programmes focusing on returnees, prisoners and families affected by radicalisation and violent extremismActivity 2: Designing, producing and broadcasting/disseminating three Public Service Announcements that aim to inform the public on reintegration programmess, rights and responsibilities of returnees, prisoners and families affected by violent extremism and radicalisation, reaching an audience across the whole of Kosovo.

    Activity 3: Compiling, publishing and following up 10 articles related to returnees, prisoners and families of those affected by radicalisation and violent extremism. These will focus on living conditions, the stories of people who came back and so on.

    Activity 4: Designing, animating, producing, broadcasting/disseminating seven Public Service Announcements educating young people of various backgrounds on what they can do to prevent radicalisation and violent extremism, how they can combat this phenomenon and how they can contribute to educating their peers and community in becoming resilient to negative phenomena across all Kosovo.

    Activity 5: Researching, producing and broadcasting two televised programs on the role of young people in preventing radicalisation and fighting violent extremism.

    Activity 6: Organising five workshops for journalism and law students which will encourage them to discuss and report on the harm that the ideologies of violent extremism can cause. (Pristina, Ferizaj, Mitrovica, Gjilan, and Prizren)

    Activity 7: Conducting reporting training for Kosovo’s law students on media law, and legal protections against extremist actions in the media. Considering BIRN’s experience in investigative journalism and high-quality reporting, BIRN has the expertise and background to conduct such training sessions, where the trainees will be provided the opportunity to improve their reporting skills. (Ferizaj, Gjilan and Mitrovica)

    Activity 8: Organising training for Kosovo Press Council, the Independent Media Commission and investigative journalists and media editors on preventive measures for radicalization and violent extremism. (Pristina)

    Activity 9: Compiling, publishing and following up 10 articles related to violent extremism and on the harm its ideologies cause.

    Activity 10: Compiling, publishing and following up 10 articles related to youth engagement in decision-making and combating violent extremism. (Pristina)

    Activity 11: Researching, producing and broadcasting two televised programmes with themes focusing on the role of teachers and parents in preventing radicalisation and violent extremism, providing role models and showcasing positive examples.

    Activity 12: Compiling, publishing and following up on 10 articles that will address the role and responsiveness of public institutions to encourage and facilitate the engagement of parents and teachers in preventing radicalisation and violent extremism in Kosovo.

    Activity 13: Compiling, publishing and following up on 10 articles on institutions’ accountability for radicalisation and violent extremism.

Target Groups:

  • Family members of returnees and prisoners
  • Journalism and law students who will benefit from training workshops
  • Citizens and young people who will benefit from the PSAs, articles and televised content
  • Representatives of the Kosovo Government, the Kosovo Assembly, the Association of Kosovo Municipalities, civil society and the media
  • The Press Council of Kosovo, the Independent Media Commission, investigative journalists and media editors who will benefit from trainings

Main implementer:

ATRC – Advocacy Training and Resource Center

Partners:

BIRN Kosovo, Democracy +, KIPRED – Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development, KCBS – Kosovo Center for Business Support, SPRC – Security Policy Research Center