Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) invites you to nominate candidates for the 2019 edition of the Democracy Award by 20 January 2020!

KCSF accepts nominations for individuals or organizations that made outstanding contribution to Kosovo’s democracy.

Purpose of the Democracy Award is to honor and recognize contributions of organizations and individuals, which resulted from new ideas, intellectual courage or achievements in the process of democratization of Kosovo.


All nominations will be reviewed separately and evaluated by an independent board, based on the following criteria:

  • Design and implementation of a successful initiative (approach, activity, project, etc.) in the promotion and development of democracy in Kosovo, during 2019;
  • Innovative nature of the initiative;
  • Actual or expected impact of this initiative, including the potential for expansion/replication;
  • Courage of the organization or individual expressed through the given initiative;

Notice: Although of significant value and impact for communities and society at large, initiatives and contributions of a charitable nature are not part of this call.

The award aims to honor all those who have contributed to the development of democracy in Kosovo, in all fields, through civic engagement at different levels of government and/or improvement of civil, social, economic or cultural rights of different groups of citizens of Kosovo, with special emphasis on marginalized groups.

For any questions, please write to us at [email protected].

The Democracy Award is awarded within the grant scheme for civil society managed by KCSF and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swedish Agency for International Development and Cooperation (SIDA).

PREVIOUS AWARDS Award for Democracy 2016 – Lumbardhi Foundation is honored with the Award for Democracy

On 20 December 2016, the Swiss Cooperation Office Kosovo (SCO-K), the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA) and the Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) have awarded Lumbardhi Foundation with the Award for Democracy 2016 as part of the Democratic Society Development project. The award honored Lumbardhi Foundation for the successful initiative on the protection of Lumbardhi Cinema in Prizren.

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Award for Democracy 2017 – Whistleblower Murat Mehmeti and ‘Insajderi’ news website honored with Award for Democracy  

Murat Mehmeti, the whistleblower on a massive tax evasion scheme in the Tax Administration of Kosovo (TAK), and the ‘Insajderi’ online news portal, which published a series of investigative reports on corruption and organized crime, are the recipients of the 2017 Democracy Award.

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Award for Democracy 2018 – Blert Morina and HAVEIT honored with democracy award

Mr. Blert Morina and the collective artists “Haveit” have been honored with 2018 Democracy Award, for contributing in promoting human rights and gender equality in Kosovo.

Click here for more.

Application documents

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who can be nominated? Civil society actors, including civil society organizations, formal and informal networks, media, academic institutions and individuals who with their work and dedication have contributed to the democratization of Kosovar society, are entitled to be nominated. DSP grantees are also eligible. For-profit entities are not eligible. 2. Who can nominate? Nominations may be submitted by any organization, entity or person having accurate and detailed information on the individual’s or the organization’s initiative being nominated. As such, self-nomination is also applicable. 3. What are the obligatory documents? – The nomination form no longer than 7 pages (A4) without annexes, filled in and signed; – A short bio of the nominee or the nominated organization’s profile; – Accompanying documents (articles written for the nominee, reference letters, etc.); – For civil society organizations, a copy of the registration certificate. For citizen initiatives, a proof of civic initiative functionality should be provided. – For other entities, a copy of the founding document or any other equivalent document. 4. How should the documents be submitted? The completed documents must be submitted in person, in a closed envelope with the inscription “For the DSP Award for Democracy”, KCSF offices (street Musa Tolaj, Lam A, H1, Kat.12, nr. 65-1, Lakrishtë, Prishtinë, Kosovë). The envelope must contain the required documents also in electronic format, on a CD. 5. How the received nominations will be reviewed? All nominations will be reviewed individually and will be evaluated by the Grants and Awards Board (GAB) of DSP, based on one ore the several of the following criteria: – The design and implementation of the initiative (approach, activity, project, etc.) in one of DSP’s program areas during the period 2011- 2017; – The innovative nature of the initiative; – The impact of the initiative, including the potential for expansion or replication; – The courage and audacity of the organization or the individual expressed through the initiative.