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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 TESTIMONIALS

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“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

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 futur

26 NOV, 2018

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

26 NOV, 2018

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


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Floridë Kuqi
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Selvije Kurti
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Shpetim Shujaku
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Blerina Xhemajli
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Arbnor Mjeku
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Hana Halilaj
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Shpat Ferizi
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Lira Haxhijakupi
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Behar Xharra
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Liza Gashi
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Sihana Bejtullahu
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Lirim Krasniqi
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Mark Kosmo
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Avni Mustafaj
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Hilmi Gashi
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Gaspër Sopi
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Anita Gjidoda
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Gazmend Salihi
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Our team is composed of movers and shakers committed to delivering impactful social interventions


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Floridë Kuqi
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Selvije Kurti
Program Assistant


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Shpetim Shujaku
Project Officer


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Blerina Xhemajli
Project Officer


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Arbnor Mjeku
Project Officer


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Hana Halilaj
Diplomacy Coordinator


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Shpat Ferizi
IT Manager


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Lira Haxhijakupi
Operations Coordinator


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Fjolla Vukshinaj
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Behar Xharra
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Liza Gashi
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Sihana Bejtullahu
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Lirim Krasniqi
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