From 13 to 20 October 2020, we organized an environmental reporting workshop with German journalist Dirk Asendorpf and a group of Kosovar journalists profiled in research and writing on environmental issues. During these four sessions Kosovar journalists had the posssibility to learn about the history of environmental reporting, current challenges, best practices, reporting angles, presenting stories and hear about experiences of the facilitator.
In the second week we held a visit in Shterpce to the construction site of the hydropower plant that is currently being built. The visit was held closely understand the environmental impact of the project as well as social (lack of citizens in public consultations) and administrative aspects (irregularities with obtaining permits) of the construction of the new hydropower plant. As an example of green vs. green (a project that seeks clean and sustainable energy production and on the other hand causes environmental damage through externalities) this visit served as a base for the journalists' upcoming stories which will be produced as part of the project.
In the last session we covered the social, economic, political and environmental perspectives of reporting, comprehensive writing as well as spoke more broadly about useful research methods.
This workshop is organized as part of the project "Increasing competencies of Kosovar journalists on matters of energy and environment", supported by GIZ.
On 27 December, the first meeting with journalists was held as part of the program “Journalists in the field of energy and environment”. During this meeting the detailed program was presented for the participants as well as the current situation in Kosovo regarding energy and environment policies.
On July 7, the Pristina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS) published the policy analysis "Rationalization of Independent Agencies and Regulators in Kosovo". The analysis drafted after a period of several months of research provides an overview of the current situation of public administration reform, namely the implementation of the rationalization of independent, executive and regulatory agencies.
School for Political Studies has held an online lecture & discussion with Dr. Gëzim Visoka on the topic "Peace through mutual recognition: The current situation in Kosovo and future opportunities".