Running for Unity: Uniting Mitrovica through the Run for Tolerance

In the beautiful city of Mitrovica, inter-ethnic tolerance has an even deeper meaning. Since different communities live together, accepting differences and respecting them is not only important but also necessary. The Ibar River, which separates not only symbolically but also physically Serbian and Albanian citizens, is the “symbol” of this city. Overcoming historical tensions is a long process and requires daily efforts. But each action is a step in this important process for building tolerance everywhere in Kosovo.

In this long and important process, each action is a building block of peace. It is essential to plan each activity well to achieve the desired result. In the framework of the project “Reconciliation and conflict transformation” supported by USAID and implemented by Community Building Mitrovica and partners, we have been working in this direction for 4 years now. The joint activities of the communities and the events that bring them together are engines of understanding and tolerance. Following these activities, on the International Day of Tolerance, we also organized the peaceful run “Run for Tolerance”. Young people met at the Ibar River bridge and started running in the northern part of the city. Then, we continued to the reservoir and the southern part, to finally return to the starting point.

Our journey together, apart from walking and running, had conversations and smiles. The view that the city received was one of those views that prove the importance of efforts in this aspect. When we create an opportunity for youngsters to spend time together, we have given them the opportunity to overcome barriers that have been built by past events or stories. In this way, we have planted the seeds of a different future.

This event not only brought the communities together but also set a good example for the city, highlighting the value of unity. Once again, it was proven that every journey is easier when we are together. Since tolerance creates an environment where everyone has the opportunity to express themselves freely, building such an atmosphere is the first step in the process of overcoming divisions. A symbolic run or a walk reminds us of the value of small actions. A simple conversation or a shared experience are memories that you cherish for a long time. “Run for Tolerance” was anything but a race. It was a race towards a common goal, where we accept our differences and embrace them.

Building unity one step at a time: Peja’s Cohesion Circle

What is the first step in the process of building relationships between people who have grown up under the spirit of prejudice and fear? This was the main question when we designed our activities, and the answer came naturally: conversations.
We believed that if only we could unite people of different communities in Kosovo in spaces where they feel safe expressing themselves freely, prejudices would fade little by little. Aware that this process takes time and requires effort, with #USAID support, we started the construction of groups of people, in different cities, who meet from time to time to talk about topics that improve everyone’s life. By not limiting ourselves to topics that are related to the improvement of inter-ethnic relations, but by answering the simple question: “what we can do as citizens to improve the quality of our life?”, we not only increase the opportunities to create connection, but we also take the first step in initiatives that contribute to the general good.

On 14th of November, RCT established the Cohesion Circle in Peja (the sixth CC in Kosovo) which was a successful and beneficial event. The workshop gathered activists, youth workers and active citizens from various ethnic backgrounds in Peja to discuss the needs and challenges of the youth from Peja and to plan our joint initiative in the upcoming period. During this workshop, we had the opportunity to present the work of RCT, along with the objectives and activities of the project and talk about the initiative which will be developed by the members for the benefit of their communities.

The workshop was attended by 14 participants coming from all communities and was facilitated by Arta Musollaj, an experienced trainer in the field of sociolinguistics and human rights, who initiated a warm and welcoming start of the workshop by encouraging the participants to introduce themselves in interactive ways. Following this, the participants had the opportunity to hear about the importance of the social activism and some of the CC initiatives that happened in the scope of the RCT work so that the participants could see the importance of having such initiatives. Afterwards, the participants had the possibility to discuss the needs and challenges that the youth is facing. The discussion was followed by questions, answers and interactive discussions between the participants, each of them expressing their view on the challenges that the youth faces and their needs.

In the end, the participants had the chance to work in groups and come up with an initiative that aims to address inclusivity and bring together youth from different ethnic backgrounds. At this point, participants started to give powerful and interesting ideas in various topics, starting from culture, art, social gathering, and so on which was aiming to address the need of bringing all communities in one place, hence foster reconciliation.

The varied composition of participants in this group provided a comprehensive and insightful perspective on the youth situation in Peja. This diversity became instrumental during the workshop, fostering mutual learning and enabling the development of an initiative beneficial to all communities.


Strengthening the chain of good: A Reconciliation story from Kamenica

We believe that there is nothing more important than strengthening the chain of good, as it is the only way to reach every corner of Kosovo. With this goal in mind, as part of the ‘Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation’ project, we initiated a call for small grants in the beginning of this year. These grants were intended for individuals and grassroots organizations to address the needs related to trust-building among ethnic groups in Kosovo.Today, as we witness the final results of this process, we can’t help but feel joy and pride in the journeys of individuals and organizations that have been beneficial and served as catalysts for positive change in the cities where they live and work.

NGO ‘ProActive,’ one of the beneficiaries of this scheme, aimed to carry out activities for the benefit of the community, encompassing all communities. They divided these activities into three parts.

First, they created the mural “Wish for Peace” in a key location in the city of Kamenica, with the goal of transforming a ‘forgotten’ space into a visually appealing sight. The entire process was accompanied by meetings and the shared smiles of young people from various communities residing in the city. Working toward a common goal is one of the best ways to foster positive relationships and create lasting memories.

Secondly, the young participants took part in a photography training session. This second activity, led by the renowned photographer Arian Mavriqi, brought together the group that had been involved in creating the mural along with other young people, increasing the total number of participants to over 100. The activity was held in the vicinity of the mural and was graced by the presence of Deputy Mayor from Communities, Mrs. Popovic, and the local cultural official, Mrs. Jovanovic.
At the conclusion of the training, the young participants had the chance to witness, through the photographs they had taken, the impact that can be achieved when enthusiastic individuals who love their country and their work unite, regardless of the community to which they belong.

The third activity involved the creation of a video that was broadcast on local TV in Kamenice. The purpose of this video was to highlight that residents belonging to the same national, ethnic, linguistic, or religious group enjoy specific rights as defined by the Constitution, in addition to the fundamental human rights and freedoms outlined in a general context. This video was aired multiple times and aimed to promote a spirit of cooperation and goodwill among different communities.

The remarkable journey of the young people of Kamenica has been a great source of inspiration for us over the past months, and we are delighted to share it with you. Today, when we visit this city, we are certain that, beyond the mural, we will encounter groups of young people from all communities who now share memories and smiles as a result of this special experience.

Storytelling in a form of a podcast – Mila Mihajlović

The truth is that we live in a time when there is a lot to do for the common good. While some people decide that change will come gradually, others take it upon themselves to do as much as they can to make it happen. In the framework of the Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation project supported by USAID, we have chosen to listen to the people who belong to the second group. We believe that stories that are shared and amplified, can send the call to another person. Such is the story of Mila Mihajlović, the activist who started this journey from a very young age.

Miles’ journey began in a non-governmental organization, showing once again how impactful our daily efforts to spread goodness can be. Although she’s still in high school, her ability to balance time between school and various activities is a success story in itself. For that any many other reasons, When we brainstormed about who should share their stories and experiences, Miles was an obvious choice.

Mila Mihajlovic is a strong advocate for human rights and a feminist who firmly believes that we can make changes in society by speaking up. In her projects, she tries to engage young people because she believes in the power of activities, especially when people from different cultures and backgrounds come together.
In her quest to connect more deeply with Albanian culture, Mila learned the Albanian language. She admits that there are moments when she feels unsure speaking Albanian, but it’s heartwarming to note that on multiple occasions, both Serbs and Albanians have thought she is Albanian due to her dedicated efforts.

Mila emphasizes one of the significant challenges she encounters on the path of reconciliation: the media’s inclination to emphasize negative stories. She firmly believes that the media has immense influence, and its preoccupation with negativity can undermine the efforts of those striving for the common good.
Nevertheless, Mila remains unswayed by these challenges and obstacles. She has no intention of halting her mission, driven by an unshakable commitment to radiate as much love as possible into the world, using various expressions and methods to achieve this noble goal. In the face of adversity, her determination to make a positive impact stands firm.

This podcast was produced as part of the Storytelling component, on the Reconciliation & Conflict Transformation Activity, implemented by Community Building Mitrovica and partners from New Social Initiative and Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Kosovo, and supported by the American people through USAID Kosovo.

Unveiling the Path to Peace: Civic Peace Education Manual Promotion

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if peace-building became an integral part of every individual’s education? This simple yet profound question served as the catalyst for a transformative journey that has the potential to change the course of our shared future. It all begins with the Civic Peace Education Manual – a manual that represents a collection of best methods and theories, from various educational materials, and it’s a beacon of hope born out of the #RCT project!

The manual for Civic Peace Education, which was produced through the Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation activity and supported by #USAID, aims to offer broad knowledge on the topics of intercultural learning, communication and social entrepreneurship. The recent promotional event, which took place last week, brought together a diverse audience, including stakeholders, NGOs, teachers, trainers, activists, and all those committed to the fields of reconciliation and conflict transformation. This manual is poised to be their tool for taking assured steps in this critical domain.

The promotional event unfolded into an enlightening and engaging discussion, featuring panelists Suzana Maric Sejdija and Duresa Tafaj, both distinguished trainers in the realm of human rights, dedicated to nurturing a more equitable and peaceful society. What made their insights even more compelling was their hands-on experience with the Manual on Civic Peace Education, acquired through their roles as trainers at the Youth Peace Camp. During the event, they generously shared their invaluable experiences, recounting their journeys as educators who’ve harnessed the power of the manual in shaping the minds of young individuals.

Furthermore, the event benefited from a virtual connection with Nevena Radosavljevic, who is the editor of the Manual on Civic Peace Education as well as trainer on peace and conflict studies. She provided illuminating insights into her involvement in the manual’s composition and her experience on working for bringing this manual into life.

This event was followed by a fruitful discussion of the attendees, questions and curiosities on the implementation of the Manual on wider areas as possible such as schools, NGO’s, activities and so on. The event’s resounding success and the enthusiasm of its attendees underscore the importance of peace education. With copies of the manual in hand and a growing network of advocates, we are poised to be catalysts of change, working together towards a brighter future filled with understanding, empathy, and lasting peace.

Mitrovica Coffee Festival: Brewing Conversations and Friendships

Dear coffee lovers and community members,

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming Mitrovica Coffee Festival, a vibrant celebration of coffee, culture, and unity, set in the vibrant setting of the Mitrovica main bridge.. Mark your calendars for September 30, 2023, as we invite you to join us for an unforgettable day. The Mitrovica Coffee Festival is not just about coffee; it’s about building bridges, sparking conversations, and fostering friendships in our diverse community.

Discover the Magic of Mitrovica’s Coffee Festival
Are you ready to enjoy the wonderful smells and tastes of coffee while making new friends? You’re in the right place! The Mitrovica Coffee Festival is back, and it promises to be an event like no other. Join us for a day of togetherness and enjoyment! In addition to the delightful coffee experiences, there will also be live music and plenty of activities to entertain both kids and the whole family, making it a perfect outing for everyone.

A Coffee Lover’s Paradise
Coffee has always been a symbol of conversation and connection. It’s where ideas are born and moments of joy are celebrated. We believe that these moments can transcend differences and create lasting bonds.
We bring together the best coffee styles from different places, so everyone can find a coffee they love. Whether you enjoy a simple espresso, a creamy macchiato, or the rich flavors of Turkish coffee, there’s something for everyone’s taste.

But, there is more than coffee!
What else to Expect:

10:00 – 10:15 – Opening Speech

10:15 – 11:15 – Mitrovica Rock School

12:00 – 14:00 – Bonevet Youth Innovation Space (Origami making, clay making mugs, M Bot game challenge)

14:30 – 16:00 – Bonevet Kids Workshop – (Mosaic making with coffee beans, treasure hunt)

16:30 – 17:30 – Poetry Hour

18:00 – 18:45 – Pannel Discussion “How Do I See You”

19:00 – 20:00 – LIVE MUSIC: llda Krama and the Band

20:00 – 21:00  – Dj Butrint Behrami

21:00 – 22:00 – Dj Genta & Genti

Whether you’re a coffee enthusiast or simply looking for a day of camaraderie and cultural exchange, the Mitrovica Coffee Festival welcomes you with open arms. Come be a part of this extraordinary celebration of coffee, conversations, and friendships.

Mark your calendars for September 30, and join us at the Mitrovica Coffee Festival. Let’s come together, one cup at a time!

This event is part of the Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation Activity, implemented by Community Building Mitrovica and partners from New Social Initiative and Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Kosovo, and supported by the American people through #USAID Kosovo.

For more information and updates, please visit our website or follow us on social media.

Call for volunteers : Mitrovica Coffee Festival

Are you ready to make a difference in your community?
We’re on the lookout for passionate individuals like you to join our volunteer team and help us create positive change. We are now recruiting volunteers for Mitrovica’s second annual Coffee Festival! Interested? APPLY HERE.

Date: Saturday, September 30th 8:00-23:00 (Festival hours are 10:00-22:00)

Form Deadline: 25/09/2023

Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist vendors with setup, help crowds navigate the festival, keep the festival environmentally friendly, share their unique skills with the community, and enjoy coffee and live music while assisting staff with miscellaneous tasks. We will need all hands on deck for this awesome festival! 


Volunteers will be paid 20 euros for the day and will be provided one meal per shift including free coffee. We will communicate with volunteers via email to confirm their attendance and create Viber group chats for communicating during the festival.

If you’re passionate about making a difference and want to be part of a dynamic volunteer team, we’d love to have you on board!

International Youth Day Street Action: “Really, How Are You?

Promoting open conversations about mental health among young individuals has gained huge significance, particularly in today’s world. This importance is magnified by the prevalence of social networks, where comparisons and online content overshadow real face-to-face interactions. Recognizing this trend, participants of various ethnic backgrounds, from ‘Youth Peace Camp’ got united in another #RCT activity, to address a crucial matter – the significance of mental health. They passionately decided to raise their voice for its recognition as the central theme for discussions on ‘International Youth Day’, shedding light on its relevance in our lives today.

Political instability in Kosovo greatly affects young people by pressuring them to potentially behave in a way they necessarily don’t feel like. In addition, unreliable media sources uncontrollably deepen the division in which young people easily engage in. And with other societal pressure and coming of age hardships, young people decided to speak up about the stigma around mental health affecting them.

It was inspiring to see young people from different ethnic backgrounds coming together for a cause that unites them. They emphasized how an important issue can be a ‘universal language’ and together, they can contribute to breaking taboos and fostering an environment that empowers all young minds to talk about their feelings without hesitation. The young participants of #RCT emphasized the significant role of reconciliation in healing wounds and promoting understanding among different communities, regardless of the specific concern.

Initiating meaningful dialogues and bringing these concepts to life, our dynamic youth group organized the impactful event ‘Really, How Are You?’ in the streets of Pristina. A trilingual empty book called “You are not alone” was placed in the street and passengers were invited to write down encouraging messages for young people. The aim is to pass on the book in upcoming #RCT activities to other young people and beneficiaries, and later on, use it as an advocating tool for the changes in the society regarding youth mental health. In addition, the team provided resources to young people for seeking help if struggling, but also showcasing the power of joint forces.


TOR: Events stands, stage, and sound system for Mitrovica Coffee Fest


Events stands, stage, and sound system for Mitrovica Coffee Fest  

Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation (RCT) 


About RCT Activity 

Addressing present reconciliation needs between different ethnic groups in Kosovo on the individual, community, and institutional levels. The ultimate goal of the Activity is to contribute to having a society where there is proactive cooperation, peaceful co-existence of various groups, and democratic values for all citizens. Additionally, an added value and effort through this Activity is to advocate for societal and institutional changes influencing public policies and ensuring good governance and respect for human rights. Mitrovica, its region and outside of it.  


About the Call 

All businesses, companies, and individuals who are licensed are invited to submit their offer and be part of the selection process. Compensation/product must be listed per unit and without VAT (according to the description of the requests in this call: “Request for the offer”). Companies may jointly apply as long as expressed intent for partnership is demonstrated in the application. 


Required Documentation 

Along with the quotation, the bidder must also submit original or notarized copies of the following documents: 

  • Certificate of registration of the subject in the Republic of Kosovo; 
  • If in addition to the price offered the supplier applies % discount, then it must be stated in the offer; 
  • The delivery time of products is seven (7) calendar days. 



  • Bids submitted without specified prices, without the required documents above and outside the deadline will not be considered. 
  • CBM will select the supplier that best suits its needs based on the criterion “best quality compared to price”. 



Wood House: 

  • Up to 10 small wood cabins/houses equipped with necessary items for electricity; 
  • Installation of the wood cabins fully equipped and ready to serve the businesses;  
  • The wood cabins need to be installed in close coordination and approval by RCT team;  
  • Upon closing the event the wood cabins need to be removed and the area/space needs to be cleaned. 


Sound System for outdoor setting 


  • 5 Microphones 
  • 2 outdoor speakers  
  • Necessary cables and wires 
  • Speaker stands 
  • Stage with cover 



This section specifies the start and end dates, including deadlines (such as interim process updates) and key milestones: 

  • Seven (7) days after signing the contract the company or individual business will have to provide CBM with the equipment. 
  • The deadline for submission of financial bids will be no later than September 20th, 2023, at 16:00. The offer must be submitted in one of the following two forms: 

Offers to be sent by e-mail in PDF format, signed by an authorized person to the e-mail address: The subject of the e-mail should be “Events stands, stage, and sound system for CBM’s event” 

 All businesses, companies or individuals licensed and interested, need to send the following documents: 


  • The offer with the prices (detailed) 
  • The timeline of the delivery  
  • The length of the warranty 
  • The best quality compared to prices 
  • Partnership agreement signed by two companies (if applicable) 


Youth Peace Camp 2023 – Open Call

The Youth Peace Camp is an activity part of the Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation (RCT) and aims to address present reconciliation needs between different ethnic groups in Kosovo on individual, community, and institutional levels. We work by 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.

The Youth Peace Camp will be held from August 2 to August 4 at Lakeside hotel, Verrmice.

The Peace Youth Camp is organized to mark the International Youth Day which is on Aug 12, 2023.

This 3-day camp will include discussion topics/activities such as:
1. Intercultural dialogue
2. Conflict and Conflict Transformation
3. Reconciliation
4. Peacebuilding

This activity will be held in English.
Deadline to apply: 26 July, 2023.

Apply now:
We look forward to receiving your applications and welcoming you to the Youth Peace Camp.

This event is part of the Reconciliation & Conflict Transformation Activity, implemented by Community Building Mitrovica and partners from New Social Initiative – Nova društvena inicijativa and Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Kosovo (YIHR KS), and supported by the American people through USAID Kosovo.