Shukrije Gashi is the founder and Executive Director of “Partners-Kosova” Center for Conflict Management (member of Partners Global, an International Network of Partners for Democratic Change). She holds a JD degree and a BA on Teacher Training Diploma, both from University of Prishtina. She holds International Credentials on Mediation, Gender and Transitional Justice Trainings (PDCI, Brussels). Her expertise has been crucial in drafting a number of laws and regulations on the topic, including: Law on Mediation, Code of Ethics and the Regulation for Kosova Civil Servants (Municipal Inspectors), etc. Ms. Gashi, provides expert advice and recommendations for international policy makers, such as: in US (Institute for Inclusive Security, at the twelfth annual colloquium, January 2011) and Civil Society Dialogue Network meeting: Strategic Review of EULEX Kosovo: Assessing progress towards the end state of the Mission, 16 June 2015, Brussels (EPLO), expertise recommendations and training on P/CVE- Strong Cities Summit from on 11-12 May in Antalya, Turkey: Theory and practice on community engagement and trust-building, counter-narratives and youth engagement. In the capacity of Gender Expert, Shuki has providing expertise and recommendations on Expert Mission on Gender and Transitional Justice, an activity organized by UN Women and the Ministry of Justice, Bogota, Colombia (6-10 February 2017). Recently, she was invited at NATO High-Profile Event: Gender Awareness in the Security and Defense Field April 27-28, 2017, University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Panel 2 – Grounding Gendered Security as s Guest speaker and panelist – Pp presentation (Gender and Security: a view on Kosovo): What does gender analysis in military operations look like on the ground in situations of conflict? Where have militaries done it well in practice? Where have challenges arisen between planning and implementation?
Ms. Gashi, also lectures frequently to national and international audiences, and since 2011, she is a regular lecturer at the Summer Program on Mediation/ADR methodologies and Peace Collaborative Processes, Human Rights, Controlled and non-controlled Media and Journalism, Transitional Justice, Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism theories, training and Peace building of the American University Kosovo (AUK).
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Mr. Florent Hajrizi holds an MA degree on International Politics and Diplomacy graduated from“ ILIRIA Royal College” in partnership with Kingston University. Mr. Hajrizi with great background on Conflict Management and Dialogue Facilitation has joined Partners Kosova- Center for Conflict Management in 2006. Florent Hajrizi is assigned for position of Mediation Program Manager, managing and supervising all mediation projects and activities implemented by Partners Kosova, besides this, Mr. Hajrizi as great experience managing EU funded projects implemented by Partners Kosova.
Certified as Management Consultant, Mr. Hajrizi provides great experience for PK in local, national and International Level, as he has previously successfully managed very delicate projects aiming inter-ethnic cooperation and reconciliation throughout different regions of Kosovo Cross Border Projects and Globally, especially in Middle Eastern Conflicts as he is a Internationally Accredited Mediator and Trainers as well. Over the years Mr. Hajrizi have managed to bring together various groups from different ethnic and religion backgrounds from Kosovo and beyond. He is also specialized in working in complex issues such as Transitional Justice and in the field of Prevention of Violent Extremism and Counter Terrorism.
Mr. Hajrizi is a regular Columnist and author of in dozen local and regional news agencies contributing towards an open society and more Accountability from elected leaders through providing strategic platforms. Additionally he is an author and Co-Author of different Legal & Human Rights Publications. Mr Hajrizi is currently writing a book related to longest Conflict in History, specifically on “ Establishment of Palestinian Authority” He is a member of different networks, alumni’s, associations and groups. Mr. Hajrizi is very communicative person and speaks 2 foreign languages, English and Serb/Croatian/Bosnian Language besides Albanian.
Hilmije Ramabaja, MA in International Finance and Accounting, she is the Training Programs Manager, Mentor, Trainer and Mediator of “Partners-Kosova” Center for Conflict Management, in Prishtina, where she has worked since 2002. Ms. Ramabaja is talented in designing and developing Training Modules, applying new innovative drawing techniques for visualization of the training objectives and messages. Ms. Ramabaja, as well-experienced trainer, conducts training programs adoptable to any PK projects needs and non PK projects, requested by other interested stakeholders and partners, representatives from local and international GO-s and NGO-s.
Ms. Ramabaja is working closely along with the Executive Director, other P-K staff and Partners Global (former PDCI) Centers to develop and advance Training and other Programs and PK services. She contributed a great deal with her knowledge expertise and activities for Mediation Program, providing mediation consultancy, mediating and co-mediating with PK and other non PK mediators. She also has participated actively in more than 100 mediation sessions.
Ms. Ramabaja, successfully has conducted many trainings for Women and Youth leadership programs, Human Rights (Woman Inheritance and Property Rights), Minority Return and Sustainable Reintegration Program, training on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism for youth (P/CVE) implemented in Kosovo and region-wide. She successfully has completed the implementation of many different PK projects funded by various donors: EU, USAID, SDC, OSBE, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, OSCE, SEAD/USAID etc. She works hard to develop and promote P-K Training program, using her creative arts synergy for successful implementation of PK activities with appropriate organizations and individuals within all sectors, using complementary collaboration method – “competing to complement” with all relevant stakeholders in Kosovo, representatives of local and international GO-s and NGO-s.
Currently, she is the Project Coordinator of PK Regional Project- Communities First” Communities First: Creation of a civil society hub to address violent extremism – from prevention to reintegration” funded by European Union in Brussels.
Selvije Rashani serves as Local Government Initiative Program Manager and Trainer of Partners Kosova. Ms. Rashani joined Partners Kosova in 2003 and she is responsible for developing and managing LGI program, conducting training, mentoring, quality and effectiveness of sustainability of LGI program. She is also responsible for developing and implementing a work plan, which will include training and implementation programs, monitoring, evaluating and reporting. As Cooperation with local government is crucial to Partners Kosova’s projects, her contribution to this cooperation is an added value to all projects implemented. Ms. Rashani works closely along with PK Executive Director, other PK staff and Partners Global Centers to develop and advance PK Programs and services. Ms. Rashani also holds International credentials as Mediator since 2006, licensed by Partners for Democratic Change International-Brussels. Since 2002, she has been certified by Partners Romania Foundation for Local Development (Partners Rumania) as a Trainer for elected leaders (Government officials at the local and central levels). During the years 2005-2007, Ms. Rashani has worked closely with Municipal Inspectors in four Municipalities: Prishtina, Prizren, Peja and Rahovec on helping them drafting the Code of Ethics – Regulation for Kosova Civil Servants (Municipal Inspectors) and these regulations have been approved in Municipal Assemblies of these municipalities and serve as good regulations for inspector’s behavior in their daily work. During the years 2012-2013, Ms. Rashani has worked closely with Kosovo Community Police, Defenders of the Victims, and Centers for Social Work and Kosovo Shelters of Domestic Violence, in all Municipalities of Kosovo to help them to use mediation as a tool of ADR methodology, in domestic violence cases. Also Ms. Rashani designed, developed and conducted trainings in different areas, especially in mediation and Conflict Resolution Alternatives. During the years (2010-2012), she has worked closely with Kosovo Property Agency (KPA) staff in order to help them applying mediation in their workplace and to avoid conflicts with parties in their daily works.
Ms. Rashani has managed successfully the US Grants related to Youth Radicalization issues; also she continues to work in PCVE (Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism) activities. Ms. Rashani has successfully completed the implementation of different projects and activities funded by various donors such as: EU, US Embassy in Prishtina, British Embassy in Pristine, IREX/USAID, and Westminster Foundation for Democracy in London, OSBE, UNDP, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Open Civil Society (OSI)/Hungary, KWN (Kosovo Women Network), etc.
Mentor Rushiti has joined Partners Kosova – Center for Conflict Management in 2001 as Admin and Finance Assistant, and since 2005 he is assigned in Finance & Administration Manager responsible to carry out, along with the Executive Director, as well as with other staff members all administrative and finance responsibilities to fulfill the basic objectives of Partners Kosova grants, MOU and cooperative agreements. Mr. Rushiti is Certified on Financial Aspects and manages all financial aspects of the organization and projects funded by :European Union, European Commision, Council of Europe, US Embassy in Prishtina, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), IREX, The Royal Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affair, National Center for State Courts (NCSC), Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Open Society Institute (Budapest, Hungary), United Nation Development Program UNDP, Swiss Development Cooperation SDC, The Norwegian Embassy in Prshtina, The German Embassy in Prishtina, The British Embassy in Prishtina , Balkan Trust for Democracy, etc.
Mr. Rushiti’s managerial portfolio of projects ranging from 10.000-600.000 €.Besides all the above mentioned roles and responsibilities Mr. Rushiti plays an important role in fulfilling Partners Kosova mission, which is to build sustainable local capacity to advance civil society and a culture of change and conflict management by serving as Trainer and Mediator within Partners Kosova. Mr. Rushiti is Internationally Certified Mediator and Trainers working with all groups of Society in Kosovo.