Frequently Asked Questions - Diaspora

1.    Who is eligible to apply, i.e. only NGOs which deal with Diaspora issues or any NGO cooperating with an NGO or institution in a foreign country with the aim of building collaborative relationships and transferring knowledge in Kosovo?


The applicant should be a non-for profit organization (NGO) operating in Diaspora countries. Thus, organizations which do not fulfil the condition of being non-for profit organizations and other profitable institutions are not eligible to apply for the DSP granting scheme.


2.    What type of interventions to be performed by executing the project are preferable?


The areas where DSP will invest cover Diaspora civic and political rights in Kosovo and transfers of “know‐how” by Kosovo’s Diaspora for social and economic development in Kosovo. Through their activities, grant beneficiaries shall strive in reaching the following expected results but not limited to: 

  • Advance the Diaspora civic and political rights in Kosovo and enable their practical implementation;
  • Generate cases of positive changes in political, social, economic and administrative behavior regarding Diaspora concerns;
  • Increase number of Diaspora members participating in public debates which concern their civic and political rights;
  • Raise awareness of Kosovo institutions, civil society, academia and general public on specific diaspora needs/concerns related to their civic and political rights;
  • Create entry points and improve impact of Diaspora civil society in policy‐making;
  • Create sustainable and institutional mechanisms to facilitate the transfer of sectorial know‐how from Diaspora to Kosovo.

Transversal theme Gender: Special attention shall be given for gender sensitive intervention strategies, projects, objectives and targets.    

 

Transversal theme Governance: Special attention shall be taken to foster the core principles of good governance: accountability, transparency, non‐discrimination, participation, right to information, and efficiency.

 

3.    Could the applying foreign institution be a University in which Kosovo diaspora members are employed, which would organize training sessions and would build institutional structures in Kosovo?

 

In order to be eligible for application, applicants shall: 

  • Be legal entities operating anywhere in Diaspora;
  • Be non‐for‐profit organizations;
  • Be directly responsible for project management and not have intermediary role;
  • Be able to prove their capacities for the management of suggested activities.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based on the application criteria as above, if any educational institution is a non‐for‐profit organization and fulfills all application criteria, it can apply for DSP grants. Otherwise, institutions cannot be direct beneficiaries of DSP scheme.

4.    Which countries are referred to as “Diaspora countries”?


With Diaspora countries in this context, all countries where Kosovo Diaspora resides, are included as Diaspora countries.



5.    Is an NGO operating in a Diaspora country with a Kosovar and foreign membership eligible to apply for grants?


Yes, such an NGO is eligible to apply. DSP granting scheme aims to financially support Kosovo Diaspora NGOs which in their membership may include foreign staff or expertize.

6.    Are Kosovar registered media with any project dedicated to the Diaspora eligible to apply?


Media are not eligible to apply for this granting scheme. However, media are eligible to apply on the DSP objective I, field 7 (Contribution of Kosovo media and civil society in decision‐making and policy‐drafting processes that will reflect and implement social and political rights of Diaspora). For more on application guidelines and forms visit sections on the webpage related to objective I of DSP.

7.    Is a project conducted by two or more NGOs eligible to apply for the granting program?


Yes, such a project is eligible to apply. However, the applying organization is the liable and signatory party of the contract. Organizations or institutions which have an important role during the implementation of any part of the given project may be considered as partners of the project. In cases when the applicant has declared additional parties as partners in the application, it should further elaborate the other party’s responsibilities and role in the application form.

8.    Is the project ought to be conducted in Kosovo or is it possible for it to be conducted from another country?


Activities are mainly to be organized in Kosovo. In specific cases, some of the activities can be organized in diaspora countries.

9.    Is a project conducted by an NGO from Kosovo in collaboration with an NGO from a foreign country eligible to apply for grants?

Kosovo registered NGOs which aim to achieve some of the expected results under objective II can apply in this call in partnership (consortium) with NGOs based in Diaspora, where the later are key applicants and responsible for the project.


Also, Kosovar NGOs can apply on objective I, field 7 (Contribution of Kosovo media and civil society in decision‐making and policy‐drafting processes that will reflect and implement social and political rights of Diaspora).