FOUNDATION AND HISTORY
Prishtina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS) is a non-governmental organization, based in Kosovo, focused on capacity-building and policy research. PIPS aims to promote democratic practices and integration of Kosovo in the Euro-Atlantic structures, establish network among young leaders, increase political dialogue and contribute to quality decision-making process, through capacity building and policy research.
Our main project is School for Political Studies which offers an annual program of political and civic education to young political, economic and administrative leaders. The program was initiated by Council of Europe with the mission 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. Council of Europe has been supporting the program for over 15 years.
At the domestic level, PIPS’s main focus is to raise issues of long-term relevance which increase the influence of ideas for the political agenda and governance processes, through conducting research and offering a platform for public debate. Apart from School for Political Studies, PIPS produces policy-analysis and policy-reports, mainly focused on foreign policy and integration of Kosovo into 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”, supported by USAID, aiming to improve 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 numerous joint regional initiatives. PIPS was part of the regional initiative of nine West Balkan countries, Regional School of Politics, aiming to increase the cooperation between School for Political Studies from the region. Later, PIPS was part of Regional Academy for Democracy with other WB countries, cooperating in the fields of democracy, human rights, justice and institution building, through building the capacities of next-generation political leadership and facilitating their mutual understanding and cooperation. Regional Academy for Democracy was supported by European Union, Balkan Trust for Democracy and International Visegrad Fund. 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 and Climate Protection in seven Balkan countries. During these years, PIPS has organized a series of events (parliamentary hearings, roundtables, workshops) and also published policy-reports and policy-papers, advocating to the policy-makers, raising-awareness to the media and CSOs, mapping the EE in Kosovo and offering recommendations on the future steps.
Being active since 2003, PIPS is one of the longest serving NGOs in Kosovo, implementing a wide range of projects with local, regional and European peers. PIPS is part of the Council of Europe Network of Schools for Political Studies, 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.