Fostering an Inclusive and Resilient Security Sector in Kosovo

This project aims to identify the extent to which non-majority communities are included in the security sector, with particular emphasis in Kosovo Police and Kosovo Security Force.

In the framework of ethnic inclusion and gender representation within Kosovo’s security institutions, Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) is implementing the project “Fostering an Inclusive and Resilient Security Sector in Kosovo”. It aims to identify the extent to which non-majority communities are included in the security sector, with particular emphasis in Kosovo Police and Kosovo Security Force. The project intents to provide thorough understanding of the importance of inclusivity in the security sector to its audience, with focus on women and youth minority in North Mitrovica region, Gracanica and Shterpca municipalities.

Therefore, the main objectives of the project are i) to identify the level of inclusiveness and particularly the conditions and carrier progression of non-majority communities and women in tactical, operational and strategic level, ii) to foster cooperation between local non-governmental actors and security institutions, and iii) to create an advocacy platform for a continual promotion of the inclusiveness through the daily work but also through a media piece.

The project also aims to advocate for enhancing the conditions within the institutions and use all rights when exercising its functions. It marks – by far – one of the rare civil society led projects identifying the existing state of play and advocating for better conditions of non-majority communities in both Kosovo Police and Kosovo Security Force. The project will particularly look at the inclusiveness and conditions of women from minority groups in the security sector.

This project has commenced to be implemented since October 2019 and will until February 2020. It is supported by Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).