Balkan Green Academy

Balkan Green Academy (BGA) is a project supported by the Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) and USAID. BGA aims to educate young people on three main pillars: policy-economics-society, using a cross-sectoral and transdisciplinary approach, encouraging knowledge building and at the same time combining modules that will explore the policy perspective, the economic and social impact of businesses. 

The main aims are: 

  • To promote principles and values of sustainable and green policy in issues related to the economic, social, and political development of the Western Balkan societies (with special focus on 2030 Agenda - Sustainable Development and Green Agenda for the Western Balkan)
  • To connect grassroots green activists, CSOs with green sustainable initiatives and potential or existing rural and urban green entrepreneurs.
  • To stimulate regional cooperation on green principles, values and experience-sharing through cooperation with international and European stakeholders.
  • To prepare local and regional actors to identify potentials within-in their communities for creation of green and sustainable initiatives and businesses. 

Multi-Stakeholder Cooperation for Transformative Environmental Action

Through the Multi-Stakeholder Cooperation for Transformative Environmental Action project, supported by Heinrich Böll Foundation, Balkan Green Foundation seeks to intensify its work with energy and environment relevant stakeholders and closely work with Members of Parliament to promote the Green Deal and advocate for cleaner and sustainable policies in the country.

Accounting for the holistic and all-round approach of the project, actions are geared towards inspiring a need for change and steering the public towards green practices by stimulating discussion on environmental issues, but also involving new evidence-based educational component which aims to improve the awareness and knowledge of MP’s about the importance of the Green Deal, Energy, Environment and Climate issues and drawing up of comprehensive political representation on issues of sustainability, explore opportunities for the advancement of green policies in the country, whilst emphasizing the importance of environmental protection and improvement of public health.

Green Debate Tournament

Through the Green Debate Tournament project, we aim to strengthen the skills of youngsters in critical and creative thinking, by training them in the British Parliamentary debating format. The project contains training activities, and a debate tournament, focused on green issues, to raise the awareness of the youngsters on the importance of environmental issues in society, thus becoming green activists themselves.

Furthermore, the project contains a positive example of green investment efficiency. It ends with the investment of solar panels in the school from which come the winners of the debate tournament organized within the project. This project is implemented with the financial support of UNMIK.

EMPOWER - ENGAGE - BUILD OWNERSHIP

Balkan Green Foundation (BGF) in cooperation with Institute for Development Policy (INDEP), are implementing a three-year project ‘Empower – Engage – Build Ownership’ supported by the EU Office in Kosovo.

The project objective is to enable Kosovo‘s civil society sector to fulfill its role in the democratic environment by acting as independent interlocutors, monitoring public institutions, increasing accountability and transparency in policy development and decision making processes regarding concerns of communities and civil society groups in the area of environment preservation, green energy and sustainable economic growth.

Among others, project purposes include:

  • Improving the skills and information-sharing capability of CSOs on policy monitoring, advocacy and campaigning on the targeted thematic priorities;
  • Increasing the incentive to improve participation of CSOs in policy making and policy implementation, advocacy and grassroots activities through funding organizations in the whole Kosovo;
  • Increasing citizens’ awareness on sustainable development in Kosovo through supporting activities that especially promote environment preservation, green energy and sustainable economic growth. In a nutshell, the project aims to provide continuous support to public institutions and CSO's by engaging in activities that promote environmental preservation, green economy and sustainable economic growth in the whole Kosovo; and simultaneously, contribute in increasing citizens’ awareness on sustainable development in Kosovo.

PROMOTING GREEN ENERGY IN KOSOVO

“Promoting and supporting the inclusion of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy sources in Kosovo’s energy mix” project is financed by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and implemented by Balkan Green Foundation.

The overall objective is to contribute to a better understanding among the general public and public officials of the benefits brought by investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in Kosovo; increasing the general awareness on the importance and the concrete benefits of energy efficiency measures; contributing to improved societal behavioural change towards energy spending and savings by using new technologies and measures, achieved through new fiscal, administrative and public policy measures.

More specifically, the objectives of the project are:

  • To advance the public dialogue, raise awareness on the importance of energy efficiency and seek effective ways to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources while at the same time advocating for green growth.
  • To advocate for green economy principles, energy savings and the speeding up of the adoption of policy measures in governmental strategies, administrative measures and academic papers.

MULTI-ACTOR PARTNERSHIP (MAP)

Germanwatch and Balkan Green Foundation (BGF) jointly started the initiative of planning the Multi-Actor Partnership (MAP) project which tackles the transition of Kosovo's energy system and in particular, its electricity system, towards a more sustainable state, increasing the share of renewable energy, and improving local energy efficiency, - urgent issues with direct and indirect economic, ecologic, health and peacebuilding consequences for at the 1.8 million citizens of Kosovo as well as the neighboring regions.

The project effectively fosters a local multi-actor partnership as an ideal means to create resonance and support from key local actors, to develop their vision of a sustainable energy transition as a shared societal project. The project aims to transfer knowledge amid key local actors and other experienced knowledge carriers from around Europe to enable Kosovo to leapfrog on lessons learned in implementing sustainable energy transitions and integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning.

The target group of the project involves all those parties who are relevant for designing, implementing, and executing a sustainable energy transition in Kosovo and the Western Balkan: Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the Government, the private sector, local municipalities, media, and university students. The project is developmentally effective because an economic, secure, socially acceptable and sustainable electricity supply is at the heart of any long-term economic development and specific to Kosovo is the peacebuilding aspect of ensuring a well-functioning electricity system.

Furthermore, the project will seek to invest in local capacity development and tangible pilot projects that will persist over the time frame of the project. Ultimately, it is the citizens of Kosovo who are meant to profit through the project in the long-term, through the positive direct and indirect economic and health effects of a sustainable energy transition.