CIVIC DIALOGUE PROGRAM
Civic Dialogue (CiD), a non-partisan, multi-ethnic initiative of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from Serbia and Kosovo, was launched in 2002 to abrogate the consequences of the violent conflicts in former Yugoslavia.
After the tragic events in 1998 and 1999 that led to a political deadlock in relations between Kosovo and Serbia, civil society leaders joined forces in a focused and sensitive engagement to facilitate dialogue, in order to promote tolerance and trust, guided by a vision of a democratic and stable Balkans.
Through policy research, regional and international conferences, workshops, publications, public debates and cultural events, the CiD designs, implements and promotes civil society-led projects based on the shared interests of all ethnic groups in Kosovo and Serbia.
This program includes, but is not limited to:
- Reconciliation: Coming to terms with the recent past
- Youth and Gender issues
- Freedom of Expression and media
- Free movement of peoples
- Free trade.
What Is Civic Dialogue?
Civic Dialogue is an initiative that engages over 250 NGOs from Kosovo, Serbia and other parts of the former Yugoslavia.
Two NGOs, the Novi Sad-based Center for Regionalism and the Pristina-based “Mother Theresa” Society, are the founding partners. The OSCE Mission in Kosovo (OMiK), Freedom House, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Mott) support these NGOs.
CiD activities are coordinated by a Board of ten individuals from Kosovo and Serbia, headed by two co-presidents, public figures from Pristina and Belgrade, whose integrity and public engagement secure a high level of media attention for activities and values promoted by the initiative.
Civic Dialogue Objectives?
- To facilitate open dialogue between the ethnically diverse populations in Kosovo as well as between Kosovo and Serbia;
- To form alliances among people of good will across ethnic divides;
- To publicly oppose official policies that threaten human rights and weaken the capacity for establishing a rule of law;
- To create a region of peace, cooperation and tolerance where responsibilities are accepted and freedoms are guaranteed.