Prishtina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS) is a non-partisan, non-governmental organisation, based in Kosovo, focused on capacity-building and policy-analysis. PIPS aims to promote democratic practices and integration of Kosovo in the Euro-Atlantic structures, establish network between young leaders, increase political dialogue, and contribute to quality decision-making process through policy analysis.
Our main project is School of Politics which every year gathers a community of young political, economic and administrative leaders. It was created as a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and a group of young Kosovar activists. The mission of the program is to contribute to the quality of the political process in Kosovo, through non-formal education of young leaders coming from different ethnic and ideological backgrounds, by motivating them to engage actively in the process of transition and consolidation of democracy, based on the democratic principles of Council of Europe.
At the domestic level, PIPS managed to become among the main civil society actors in Kosovo, to raise issues of long-term relevance which increased the influence of ideas for the political agenda and governance processes, through conducting research and offering a platform for public debate. Apart from School of Politics, PIPS has produced a number of policy-analysis and policy-reports, mainly focused on foreign policy and integration of Kosovo to Euro-Atlantic structures. Furthermore, PIPS is known for offering a platform for public debate in Kosovo, through organizing Chatham House discussion forums with stakeholders on key areas of Kosovar politics.
Since 2015, PIPS has been implementing the project “PIPS EU-Kosovo-SAA / Our contract for the future project”, financed by the Royal Dutch Embassy in Prishtina, aiming to promote the benefits and importance of the SAA agreement to the citizens. During 2015-2016 PIPS implemented the project “Strengthening local government capacities and increasing citizens’ participation”, financed by USAID, aiming to improve of the decision-making process at the local level, through increased participation and inclusion. PIPS cooperates closely with other organizations and think tanks in Kosovo within the scope of the fields it covers and it responds to the initiatives of the Kosovar civil society.
At the regional level, PIPS has been active part of joint regional initiatives. For more than five years (2004 – 2009) PIPS was part of the regional initiative of nine Balkan counties (Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, BiH, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia), Regional School of Politics. Since 2012, PIPS is part of the regional initiative “Public Dialogue on Sustainable Energy Use in South- East Europe”. This initiative is supported by German Society for International Copperation (GIZ) and Deutche Bundesstiftung Umwelt. The project’s goal is to increase the public debate on Energy Efficiency in seven Balkan countries. During these years, PIPS has organized a set of events (public hearings, roundtables, workshops) and also published policy-reports and policy-papers, mapping the EE in Kosovo, also offering reccomendations on the future steps.
Being active since 2003, PIPS is one of the longest serving NGOs in Kosovo. PIPS is part of the Council of Europe Network of Schools for Political , which is one of the biggest networks of NGO’s across South East Europe and beyond with a goal to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law as well as strengthen ties and exchanges among these countries. In addition, PIPS is member of the Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe for almost seven years now.