The Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation Program (RCT) is a program supported by the American people through U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kosovo and implemented by Community Building Mitrovica in partnership with News Social Initiative and Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Kosovo.
RCT is a five-year activity that will address present reconciliation needs between different ethnic groups in Kosovo on individual, community, and institutional levels. We will strive to do this through building personal and collective awareness on the need to transform understanding of others, prioritizing shared values and approaches and transforming co-existence into (shared) future social cohesion.
Conflict transformation and reconciliation of different communities in Kosovo is an ambitious objective for a five-year period, but it is attainable with RCT grantees and sub-recipients who can build on their continuous recent successes, scaling previous peacebuilding, community support, and policy makers’ lobbying activities.
Community Building Mitrovica (CBM) is a non-governmental organization seated in South Mitrovica operating in the field of peace and community building in the wider region of Mitrovica, including the northern municipalities of Kosovo. The overall aim of CBM is to facilitate contact and dialogue between citizens in Mitrovica. CBM’s staff consists of devoted citizens – both Serbs and Albanians – who grew up in the region and want to restore the previous confidence and friendship that war and politics have destroyed.
New Social Initiative (NSI) is a civil society organization seated in North Mitrovica and working in Kosovo, but also cooperating with the key stakeholders in the Western Balkan region, to ultimately impact inclusiveness, trust-building, democratization processes, and good governance in Kosovo. While doing so, NSI follows its vision of an inclusive society built on trust and appreciation among its communities, in which citizens from all ethnic groups actively participate in the society and its governance.
Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Kosovo (YIHR KS) was established in 2004. For more than fifteen (15) years, YIHR KS has worked successfully to protect and promote human rights and democratic values not only in Kosovo but also in the region. In particular, YIHR KS is focused on the process of dealing with the past, protecting human rights and the rule of law, and strengthening youth at the local and regional levels. YIHR KS’s mission is to promote, protect and advocate for human rights, dealing with the past processes, the rule of law, and civic values as fundamental principles for a free, accountable, and progressive society.