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About Us

Germin is a non-governmental organization that uses technology and virtual channels to connect and engage Diaspora in advancing the development and democratization of their home countries. It started out in 2011 as an informal group trying to find its way to connect with the homeland, and was formally founded in 2014. Germin is run and supported by a group of Diaspora professionals ranging from the field of public policy, finance, information, technology, law, education, security and diplomacy. We have a wide network of professionals and part-time collaborators, currently residing in 24 countries including the Balkans, Western Europe, and North America.

The word ‘Germin’ is of Latin origin meaning ‘to grow, to prosper’. Making use of the latter, our organization aims to establish a solid foundation on which Kosova will eventually build its right walls on, for the betterment of the country in particular and its people in general.

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Our goal is to Connect Diasporas with the homeland

NGO founded in

2014

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OUR TESTIMONIALS

Our network is our added value!

"Germin in Kosovo is a really good example of such an organisation who are perfectly placed to turn brain drain into brain gain and brain exchange. Made up of talented and passionate professionals who have researched the potential and identified key Kosovans overseas they have put in place the building blocks and structures to convert sentiment and goodwill into practical projects which will benefit their homeland. Germin have identified global best practice in Diaspora engagement and can become one of the leaders in this field."

26 NOV, 2018

"I have been engaged ever since the early days of Germin on advisory role capacity and this journey with Germin has reawakened my love and connection with Kosova. Apart from that it has presented me with an opportunity to meet some truly inspiring changemakers that I continue working to this day."

17.06.2020

"The human, social, political and educational resources of the Albanian Diaspora, especially in German speaking countries were never seen as a possibility to promote the new Republic of Kosovo. Their identification with their birth country or country of heritage finds their main platform in the “Diaspora flet” conference where they were the main actor and created sustainably networking and topics for the conference that still today are topics in the social conversation in the country. As Chairman of an Association in Germany we have now a cooperation partner on the “ground” to every topic. Germin is doing such great work in the fight for the right of Vote, for Human Aid Action and for Policy for the Diaspora rights in all areas."

30 DEC, 2018

"GERMIN has fast emerged as an exemplar diaspora organization. Through their creative, fresh and innovative approaches, they have created structures and systems of diaspora engagement that will be formative processes for the diaspora sector for the foreseeable future.

Every country working on diaspora needs a GERMIN as their models of work have answered one of the age-old questions of diaspora engagement by building trust through their authenticity of work. I have no doubt their expertise and models will be exported globally very soon.

I have had the pleasure of seeing GERMIN grow from pretty much a blank canvas to a leading light for its peers on diaspora work. After spending time with their incredible team, at both an executive and operational level, the future is bright for GERMIN.

The energies and expertise that flow through their team, which represents the inherent diversity required for effective impact in the networked 21st century, are a constant source of inspiration for my work. They are just a brilliant bunch led by an ethos and value driven spirit fit for our times.

They are doing an incredible job for their region and partners so we should never take them for granted. Therefore, I encourage anyone reading this to support these incredible young people to achieve their aspirations through this incredible organization."

28 JUL, 2020

"All countries can benefit greatly from their diasporas, especially in today’s world, which is so well connected thanks to advancements in technology. The Albanian diaspora has proved throughout history that it is able to make a significant impact in its homeland in many aspects. Being able to use the diaspora potential for the specific needs of a developing homeland is key and Germin has shown that it is able to do this successfully by connecting with the Albanian diaspora and by creating and running excellent projects. With its efficient and vibrant staff Germin is a model for other organisations wishing to work in the diaspora field."

26 NOV, 2018

"Such schools help to share a lot of positivity and encourage youth to work on their biggest potential."

26 NOV, 2018

"It’s fun and interesting to be part of the group with so much expertise, knowledge, education and enthusiasm. And I think this a good starting point for a better future."

26 NOV, 2018

"I had never thought that Kosovo has so much potential to grow. This Diaspora school proved it."

26 NOV, 2018

LET'S WORK ON YOUR NEXT IDEA!

co-creating the future

MEET THE TEAM

Our team is composed of movers and shakers committed to delivering impactful social interventions

Kaltrina Kusari
Policy Analysis
Donikë Kastrati
Legal Officer
Burbuqe Muhadri
Finance Manager
Selvije Kurti
Program Associate
Floride Kuqaj
Program Assistant
Shpetim Shujaku
Project Officer
Blerina Xhemajli
Project Officer
Arbnor Mjeku
Project Officer
Hana Halilaj
Diplomacy Coordinator
Shpat Ferizi
IT Manager
Lira Haxhijakupi
Operations Coordinator
Fjolla Vukshinaj
Engagement Coordinator
Behar Xharra
Co-Founder
Liza Gashi
Co-Founder
Sihana Bejtullahu
Co-Executive Director
Lirim Krasniqi
Co-Executive Director

Enabling Diaspora Engagement

Our Board of Directors

Living and working across the globe to promote social change

Mark Kosmo
Chair of Board
Avni Mustafaj
Board Member
Hilmi Gashi
Board Member
Gaspër Sopi
Board Member
Anita Gjidoda
Board Member
Gazmend Salihi
Board Member
Anila Hyka Smørgrav
Board Member

co-creating the future

MEET THE FOUNDERS

Rethinking our shared-future together

Kaltrina Kusari
Policy Analysis
Donikë Kastrati
Legal Officer
Burbuqe Muhadri
Finance Manager
Selvije Kurti
Program Associate
Floride Kuqaj
Program Assistant
Shpetim Shujaku
Project Officer
Blerina Xhemajli
Project Officer
Arbnor Mjeku
Project Officer
Hana Halilaj
Diplomacy Coordinator
Shpat Ferizi
IT Manager
Lira Haxhijakupi
Operations Coordinator
Fjolla Vukshinaj
Engagement Coordinator
Behar Xharra
Co-Founder
Liza Gashi
Co-Founder
Sihana Bejtullahu
Co-Executive Director

co-creating the future

MEET GERMINALS

Reaching back out to the former colleagues

Kaltrina Kusari
Policy Analysis
Donikë Kastrati
Legal Officer
Burbuqe Muhadri
Finance Manager
Selvije Kurti
Program Associate
Floride Kuqaj
Program Assistant
Shpetim Shujaku
Project Officer
Blerina Xhemajli
Project Officer
Arbnor Mjeku
Project Officer
Hana Halilaj
Diplomacy Coordinator
Shpat Ferizi
IT Manager
Lira Haxhijakupi
Operations Coordinator
Fjolla Vukshinaj
Engagement Coordinator
Behar Xharra
Co-Founder

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