The two-year project Minorities in Western Balkans will conclude in Skopje with a final conference on 1 February 2018.
With the final joint event, the project team will gather in Skopje and together with local and international partners will present the results and discuss key elements of successful knowledge transfer within the scope of the project.
Some of the main achievements and results of the initiative include the establishment of the Office for Minority Issues in Bijelina (BiH), the creation of a platform for social dialogue and cooperation in Tetovo (FYROM), trainings in monitoring and implementation of Roma and Ashkhali action plan in Ferizaj/Urosevac and Prizren (Kosovo), and the publication of a Handbook on Minority Institutions in Schleswig-Holstein and educational info-sheets on selected topics.
In addition to the specific outputs of the project which will be presented at the conference, the initiative was a successful step towards the transfer of knowledge and introducing practices from the Schleswig-Holstein region, as well as establishing a sustainable network of municipalities and Roma NGOs in four target countries in the Western Balkans.
Further details about the specific results of the initiative will be published after the conference.
Minorities in Western Balkans is a project supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and co-financed by the State Chancellery Schleswig-Holstein in 2016 and 2017. The project was jointly implemented in 2016 and 2017 by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Regional Office North (Hamburg) and the GIZ Regional Project on Social Rights for Vulnerable Groups (SoRi) and in cooperation with the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN), and the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI).