Countries across the globe are exploring the potential of their Diaspora to contribute back to their homeland. In the case of Kosovo, Diaspora has always been a big contributor to the economy through remittances (15% of GDP in 2017). Kosovo Diaspora also continues to foster close ties with the country and leverage on opportunities to engage with homeland. Thus, providing effective ways to engage Diaspora is central to optimizing the value of the diaspora in terms of addressing their needs and opportunities to stay connected to homeland. But despite the fact that Kosovo has made some progress in recognizing the importance of the Diaspora, evidenced by the establishment of the Ministry of Diaspora in May 2011, little has been done in terms of inclusion of diaspora community in policy-drafting processes. Specifically, enabling mechanisms which would include Diaspora voices into the legislative and institutional framework are still lagging behind. This means that the input and perspective of one of Kosovo’s biggest social groups (800,000 according to IOM) is not represented in policymaking.
The goal of this initiative is to streamline the Kosovo Diaspora input in policy-making and policy-drafting processes, specifically for the Draft Law on Diaspora and Diaspora Strategy 2019-2023, due to be adopted later on this year. Through this project, Germin aims to advocate for the advancement of Diaspora voices through direct engagement of the latter in policy-making processes and feedback while making use of the new technologies in our disposal; and leverage the skills and knowledge when it comes to enhancing inclusive processes of policy and legislation development.