Institute for Development Research Riinvest

Current Projects

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Research Study on Producers-Retailers relationship

The main objective of the proposed research study is to assess the most prominent issues that prevail in the relationship between retail chains and local producers/processors (with emphasis in food processing sector) in Kosovo. A further objective is to compare the current issues with those of countries in the region and recommend actions that would help improve the relationships beetween both parties. Specific objectives of the research study are the following: a)Identify the current level of presence of local products (with emphasis in food processing sector) in Kosovo supermarkets; b) Identify the formal and informal barriers for local producers/processors in accessing retail chains; c) Identify business doing conditions, rules, and regulatory framework between retails chains and domestic producers/processors in Kosovo and region; d) Assess the current positioning policies across retail chains in Kosovo; e) Identify and recommend effective measures to prevent unfair retail chains to producers/processors commercial practices; f) identify the current legal framework in Kosovo and compare it with regional countries.

2

Novobërdë Business, Tourism and Infrastructure Revitalization Action

The project implemented by Riinvest Institute and other partner organizations, intends to support socio economic development efforts in the Economic Region East, with a special focus on local business, rural and tourism support, small scale infrastructure interventions and skills development, to enhance business making environment, employment and improve standards and quality of life.

The project is financed by EU office in Kosovo

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Open Governance Advocacy Project - PASOS

This was a two-year EU-funded regional project led by PASOS network. The overall objective of the project was to encourage the government of Kosovo and governments of other regional countries to become more transparent, accountable, innovative, technological friendly as well as to encourage the involvement of citizens in policy and decision making processes. The role of Riinvest Institute in this project was to advocate for the open government policies through research papers, policy briefs, conferences, CSO coalitions, and webinars covering Open Government related topics. Also, the Institute monitored the national action plan and assessed the level of its implementation in respective institutions. Moreover, throughout the two years of the project, Riinvest has extensively advocated for open governance on different media channels such as, newspapers, TVs, and radios. 

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Southeast European Leadership for Development and Integrity - SELDI

The aim of this project is to: build an anti-corruption and good governance coalition of Civil Society Organization (CSOs) in Southeastern Europe (SEE), to enhance CSOs capacity, knowledge and commitment to provide analysis, monitoring and advocacy, to promote the state-civil society dialogue and improve the environment for civil activism, to contribute to an enhanced cross-country public/civic support and participation for good governance and anti-corruption, To help the CSOs to improve their legitimacy, transparency and accountability. The role of Riinvest in this project was to research the issue of corruption in Kosovo. The Corruption Assessment Report (CAR) had 6 chapters of secondary research on: II. Anticorruption Policies and Regulatory Environment, III. Institutional Practice and Enforcement of the Law, IV. The Judiciary in Anti-Corruption, V. Corruption and the Economy, VI. Civil Society in Anti-Corruption, VII. International Cooperation. The most important part of the Report was Chapter I on Corruption Level studied through a survey with 1,000 respondents. Riinvest also participated in all meetings and conferences of the Initiative. Riinvest submitted various policy briefs on different issues related to Corruption in Kosovo. The second phase of the project will focus on corruption issues related to energy governance and rule of law.

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Transparency and Capital Investments in Kosovo

The purpose of the project is to improve information of policy makers and other stakeholders of the society about effectiveness in the implementation process of the most important capital investments in Kosovo as well as to induce an improvement in transparency, accountability through empowering civil society to foster more effective, transparent policymaking and open governance. The project was focused on five main capital investment Projects in Kosovo, either undertaken already or planned to be undertaken in the near future. Such projects include: (i) the privatization process of the electricity distribution and supply, (ii) concession of Prishtina International Airport, (iii) the new highway construction from Prishtina to Skopje, and (iv) the privatization/concession process of the Brezovica ski resort, and (v) construction of new power plant in Kosovo, known as "New Kosovo". Final reports for the first three capital projects were already published and presented in a panel discussion in early June, 2015. Representatives of the Government of Kosovo, Diplomatic Corps accredited in Kosovo, Assembly, Civil Society, and Academic Institutions participated in the event. The remaining two study reports, (iv) and (v) above, will be published and presented at the end of this year. As part of advocacy activities, a short TV documentary regarding capital investment projects was also produced. In this documentary, a short history of each project was presented, as well as opinions of all relevant stakeholders including independent experts and representatives of different political parties in Kosovo. Also, deriving from the publications, four one minute animations were produced, named “The Government’s Big Projects in 1 minute”.

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