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Advancing Together (AT) was part of the signing of the Joint Declaration of the Network for Human Rights and of all other civil society organizations, that strongly condemns exclusionary and discriminatory actions against members of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, especially when we have to do with children, as the most sensitive and clearly vulnerable category of our society.

On the link below you can find the statement in four languages.

The girls of the Egyptia community, Lejla and Egzonita are realizing their long-standing dream of becoming a professional pastry chef and to run their own pastry shop “The Sweet Filled Store” in the city of Peja.
Advancing Together (AT) under the UNHCR Project supported them in capacity building through Vocational Training in Pastry and through fundraising advocacy. The project aims at the socio-economic empowerment of young people from the ranks of communities.
Advancing Together continues to advocate on behalf of the girls to raise funds for the expansion of this activity.
For more, watch their video on ATV channel.

Advancing Together (AT) partner organization of UNHCR in Kosovo, held today a meeting with the Mayor of Klinë/Klina to discuss property issues, prevention of school dropout as well as other issues affecting the returnee community in this municipality.

Advancing Together (AT), partner organization of UNHCR in Kosovo, met today with the municipal representatives from the Department of Education in Klinë/Klina, to discuss the issue of dropout of a group of returnee children from the Egyptian community in village of Klinavc.

AT continues to advocate and cooperate with municipal authorities on raising this issue in order to ensure access to education for all the children from the community groups.
Executive Director of Advancing Together (AT) Mr. Bashkim Ibishi had a pleasant meeting today with Mrs. Anna Rostocka – Chief of Mission of IOM in Kosovo, with whom discussed issues of common interest in relation to reintegration of returnees and IDPs as well as forms of cooperation in order to advance and promote communities rights in Kosovo towards their social inclusion and socio-economic empowerment.
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Vision

Advancing Together promotes a multi-ethnic society that is founded on universal individual and collective rights and equality, and where all persons have the opportunity to express their talents, skills and pursue their self-accomplishment. In our vision of the future, the voices of the least fortunate and most vulnerable amongst us are heard and their rights acknowledged.

Mission

In achieving that Vision, Advancing Together has taken upon the mission of advocating, promoting, and developing measures and programs to ensure that the rights of all communities and their members are respected. Through active engagement in policy debate and development, watchdog activities, education, service delivery and active engagement of communities in building social safety nets, we undertake to promote the rights of vulnerable groups within Kosovo and internationally.

Projects

 

UNHCR

UNHCR’s operation in Kosovo has progressively evolved throughout the years from humanitarian assistance to advocacy and capacity building. As Kosovo endeavors to strengthen its institutions, UNHCR has assumed a supportive role to the authorities in an effort to help designing strategies for the adoption of the most appropriate durable solutions for the displaced population within and outside Kosovo. Mission of Project This project aims to support Kosovo institutions to exercise in more proactive manner their role to develop and implement its legal framework and policies with incorporated outcomes of the displaced persons needs assessment to find the most appropriate durable solutions for sustainable return and the displaced population within and outside Kosovo.

ROMACTED Programme

ROMACTED, “Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level”, is a Joint Programme between the European Union (DG NEAR) and the Council of Europe. The programme will be implemented by the Council of Europe’s Roma and Travellers Team and the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Turkey. The agreement with between the EC and the CoE was signed on 1 May 2017, and after a six month period of inception, the programme will be implemented in approximately 59 Municipalities (local administrations, elected representatives and officials) and the Roma communities, for a period of 28 to 30 months, until the end of April 2020.

Erasmus + Project on Building Capacity for Roma Organization’s on EU Funding and Partnership Building

“Roaming – Capacity Building of Roma Organization’s on EU Funding and Partnership Building” which is being implemented under the leadership of Montenegro-based NGO “Young Roma” which has started on 01/09/2016 and will last till 01/09/2017 where Advancing Together is one of the implementing partners of the project. The main target groups of “Roaming” are CSOs active in “SIMURGH” Roma Network whose member and implementing partner is Advancing Together jointly with Out Of the Box International/Belgium, Asocijacija Koordinatora za romska pitanja/Serbia, Association of Citizens ROMAVERSITAS – Skoplje/FYRM, Mladi Romi/BiH, Disutni Albania/Albania, who were selected due to their experience and expertise who will recruit other 40 CSOs through the co-based open calls in the second part of the project.

2020 Case Number Counts

Returnee registered

Advocacy interventions

Legal Aid provided

Vocational training beneficiaries

Families received COVID 19 humanitarian support

Employment medication

Individual psychosocial support