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    Diaspora Interactive Platform

    The Interactive Map is a responsive online platform and a database of Albanian Diaspora organizations around the world. All formal and informal Diaspora organizations (NGOs, associations, religious institutions, sports and cultural groups, and others) can register in the platform.

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      Diaspora Global Calendar

      The Diaspora Global Calendar will be a space for Albanian Diaspora organizations to keep communities informed about various events and activities taking place across the world. The Calendar provides a unique opportunity to promote Diaspora activities and connect with their communities.

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        Diaspora Talks

        The Diaspora Share will be a space where diaspora community members can connect and engage with each other. The Diaspora Share will be used to catalyze ideas and projects between diaspora groups.

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        Structured Dialogue for Diaspora Rights Initiative

        “Engaging diaspora, streamlining their needs,  and promoting their rights.”

        Kosovo’s diaspora is a key contributor to the country’s economy and its social and political development. In order to recognize their invaluable contributions and encourage them to reach their full potential, Germin has embarked on an initiative to advocate for greater social and political rights of the Diaspora. The Structured Dialogue for Diaspora Rights (SDDR) initiative seeks to establish collaboration between communities living abroad and public institutions in Kosovo. Using contemporary technologies and informal channels of collective advocacy, we aim to facilitate Diaspora engagement in policy-making processes. The SDDR will ease communication and discussions between state institutions and the diaspora through a diaspora-tailored advocacy group with a presence in Kosovo’s institutions.

        The main goals of the SDDR are to:

        • Create a structured network of Diaspora members who are aware of their social and political rights;
        • Develop mechanisms for engaging the Diaspora in policymaking processes; and
        • Empower diaspora members to participate in policymaking processes in Kosovo.

        This initiative will be managed from Prishtina, Kosovo, in close collaboration and consultation with partner associations in Switzerland (Shiko), Norway (Lobi Euro-Atlantik) and the United States (Albanian Professionals in DC).

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        We strive to explore and bring ICT channels and tools to better facilitate and strengthen linkages between diaspora and their home.

        Our Partners

        Albanian American National Organization Albanian - American Womens's Organization Albanian Canadian Yellow Pages Advocacy for Society Development-AFSD Aksioni për Nëna dhe Fëmijë Aktivistët Shqiptar në Unia Berner Oberland Alba Immigration Albaix e.V. Albanian Business Network Albanian Canadian Community Association of Toronto Albanian Canadian Excellence Albanian Canadian Society ''Iliria'' of London Canada Albanian Community of Worcester Albanian Roots -Rrënjët Shqiptare Albanian Student Association Albanian/American Association ''Arbëria'' Albanian Canadian Women's Association Albanians Connect
        Albanian American Association of Cleveland Ohio Albanisches Kulturinstitut "Alexander Moissi" in Wien Albansk Ungdom Albinfo.ch Alisar Prospects Training CIC American School of Kosova Ansambli "TROJET" Albanian Professionals in DC Aquasport Terme Asd Aritau Asociación de los Albaneses en España Assoalbania - Associazione imprenditori albanesi in Italia Association Albania Associazione albanese aquila - Arco Associazione Albanesi in Italia A. A. I.. associazione La Svolta AVOKO Albanian Youth and Students Association in Austria
        British Albanian Kosovar Council Bashkësia Shqiptare e Schaffhausenit Bashkësia Shqiptare Prefektura e Istres Shoqata shqiptare British Albanian Kosovar Council -BAKC Boston Albanians British-Albanian Lawyers Association Classmates Forever, Inc. Dardania e.V Dardania e. V. Die Sterne Kosovas e.V. Dora Dorës Dritarja Online Eaglesland Albanian Society of BC Canada Epos Dance Ensemble ETEA Federata e Shoqatave Shqiptare në Greqi Federata PanShqiptare të Amerikës ''VATRA''
        Ferdoussi Hasa Attorneys Fondacioni BONEVET Fondacioni Fondacioni Kosovar per Ndermarrjet Sociale Fondacioni Plavë - Guci Fondacioni Hajde FORUM DONNE INDIPENDENTI Gazeta Horizonte Unia GAZMEND FREITAG Germin Gjergj Kastrioti Scholarship Fund Gruaja Energji Pozitive Grupi i Vallzimit Rinia Grupi Valleve Shqiponja Shoqata HOTLA IDEAL - Integrative Deutsch-Albanische Gesellschaft e.V IDENTITET e.V. iLIDH
        Shoqata Humanitare Ilirët ILIRI Asbl - Association des Albanais et Amis au Luxembourg Shoqata kulturore Instituti Zviceran i Studimeve Shqiptare - ISEAL Interkulturelles Frauennetzwerk e.V. International Leadership Club IPKO Foundation KASH "Naim Frashëri" Gjermani Kërko të drejtën tënde Këshilli Koordinues i Shoqatave Shqiptare në Austri Klub Kosova 1977 - Hamburg Këshilli Koordinues i Shoqatave Shqiptare në Steiermark “KKShShSt” Kolegji AAB Komuniteti Shqiptaro-Amerikan ne Illinois Kongresi Botëror i Shqiptarëve Kosova Environmental Education and Research Center Kosovalb.com KosovaLive
        LAPSH ''Naim Frashëri'' Lapsh ''Naim Frashëri'', kantoni Aargaut LAPSH-Shkolla shqipe në Ostermundigen Lidhja nacionale e shoqatave shqiptare dhe arberesh ne Itali Lobi Euro Atlantik Shqiptar Austri Lobi Euro Atlantik Shqiptar në Belgjikë Lobi Euro Atlantik Belgjike nëndega Liezhë Lobi Euro Aatlantik Shqiptar Zvicër Lobi Euroatlantik- Shqiptar Lidhja e Shkrimtarëve dhe Krijuesve Shqiptarë në Austri Aleksandër Moisiu Vjenë M.&M. Ivanaj Foundation Institut Massachusetts Albanian American Society Makowal ManagementDevelopmentAssociatesFoundation MË AFËR MekuliPress Midlands Ethnic Albanian Foundation - MEAF Migrant Entrepreneurs International
        Ministria e Diaspores Shoqata Nënë Tereza - Graz OASA e.V. OJQ ARTA Ojq Dita OJQ Gjeomjedisi Organizata e Veteraneve të Luftës UÇK Kombëtare Organizata jo Qeveritare ''Zana'' Organizata Vullnetare SHQIPET Trentino Alto Adige Organizate solidare nderkombëtare "RINIA" OUTDOOR KOSOVO Prointegra Qendra e Kulturës Shqiptare Quadro Klinik Organizasyon A. S. Radio Dëshira Belgjikë Radio Rinia Degjo Shqip Raise Your Hand For Help Revista Fjala e lirë
        Revista Kuvendi Rinia Shqiptare RIT Kosove (AUK) Rrjeti i Profesionistëve Shqiptar në Norvegji Rrjeti i Studenteve Shqiptare ne Bote - AS@N RTV ILIRIA GJENEVE HD Rush Hair Cambridge Swiss-Albanian Finance Association SHIKO Shkolla Shqipe e MP Treviso Shkolla shqipe Shkolla Shqipe ''Gjuha Jonë'' (I-V) Shkolla Shqipe Luxembourg Shkolla Shqipe në Australi Shkolla Shqipe në Greqi - Nënë Tereza Shkolla shqipe ''Udha e Shkronjave'' në Huston - Arbëria Shkolla Shqiptare e Vallëzimit "SHOTA" Shoqata Arbëria
        Shoqata Ardhmeria Shoqata Atdhetare-Kulturore Shqiptaro-Amerikane “Bijtë e Shqipes” Shoqata Atdheu Graz Shoqata Atlantiku-Atlantic Association Shoqata Bashkimi Shoqata Shoqata Diaspora Meyrin Shoqata e Emigrantëve Shqiptarë - Nënë Tereza Shoqata e gruas Kuq e Zi Villach austri Shoqata e Inxhinierëve Shqiptarë të Zvicrës Shoqata e Kosovës për Marketing të Veshëmbathjeve Shoqata e Studenteve Shqiptare ne Slloveni Shoqata Gjermano-Shqiptare Shoqata Greikoci Shoqata Humanitare Globi e.V SHOQATA ILIRIA Shoqata Konica - Konitza a.s.b.l - Bruksel / Bruxelles Shoqata Kulturo-Sportive ''Arbëria''
        Shoqata kulturore "Atdheu" Shoqata kulturore Dielli Demokristian Shoqata Kulturore Shqiptare ''Bashkimi" Shoqata Kulturore Shqiptare BUJARIA Shoqata Kulturore Shqiptare NËNË TEREZA Shoqata Kulturore Shqiptare RBK e.V. Shoqata Kulturore Sportive Shqiptare në Gelsenkirchen e.V. Shoqata kulturore ''TIRANA'' në Malmo Shoqata kulturore-artistike ''Lushnja'' Shoqata Lunxhëria  Shoqata Nënë Tereza  në Namur Shoqata Parandalo Shoqata Shqiperia Ime Shoqata Shqiptaro-Gjermane Münsterland Shoqata në Mbrojtjen e të drejtave dhe Kulturore të Emigrantëve Shqiptar në Kretë Greqi Shoqata Sofra Shqiptare Shoqata Studenti Cyrih Shoqata "Tutti Insieme / Të Gjithë Së Bashku"
        Shoqata Vatra e Shqiptareve Stamboll Shoqata Vatra Labe Shoqata Zvicër-Shqipëri Shoqata-Uskana Shoqëria Kulturore-Artistike ''Dardania'' Shoqeria Shqiptare ne Ireland Shpresa Programme - Hope Sindikalistët Shqiptarë në Zvicër Skanderbeg Fermo Italia Socialdemokratët Shqiptaro-Zvicerian STIKK Swiss Albanian Finance Association - SAFA TASH - deutsch-albanische Plattform e.V. Team Albanians Tembo Construction The Albanian The Women's Organization TOKA
        Traveks UK Albanians Network Union Deutsch-Albanische-Integration e.V Unioni Femrës Shqipetare Diasporë Unioni Gjitheshqiptar ne Diaspore Unioni Studentor Shqiptar-Turqi United Albanians of Australia Association URACult e.V. UWCKosova Vatra - Shoqata e shqiptarëve në Islandë VLERA ( Organizata e studentëve shqiptarë në Belgjikë ) Yellow Pages Kosovo

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        DiasporaFlet n’Oslo

        Germin would like to take this opportunity to thank all the participants and contributors of our diaspora gatherings in Norway….

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        Advisory Board

        Etrita Ibroci is a Senior Vice-President at Kepler-Cheuvreux – the largest Pan-European equity broker. For the last nine years she focused on Pan European Equity Research Sales.  Her prior experience includes work with Merrill Lynch as an International Strategist and Credit Suisse. There, she built her career doing global thematic and sector strategy analysis for close to 8 years – both on the firm’s sale side and buy side. While working for Credit Suisse Private Banking, she designed a number of proprietary theme-based portfolios, product structures and global indices.

        Etrita graduated from St. John’s University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science, and with a minor in Philosophy of Law and Theology (magna cum laude). She also holds an Executive MBA from Fordham University in Finance and Management Systems (also magna cum laude).

        She has a passion for languages, and speaks fluently Albanian (native), Serbo-Croatian (native), English, Spanish, and Italian. At an intermediate level, she also speaks Russian and German.

         

        She has continuously been involved with many Albanian non-profit organizations and is also one of the founders of the Albanian-American Professionals and Entrepreneurs Network (APEN).

        Etrita Ibroci

        New York, USA

        Hilmi Gashi was born in 1967 in the city of Prizren, Kosova. He completed his high school in Prizren and then continued onto the Faculty of Economic at the University of Prishtina. Unfortunately, for economic and political reasons he was forced to interrupt his studies at the University of Prishtina. In 1992, he resumed and completed his studies in Economics at the University of Freiburg. Since, he completed a postdoc as Manager of Non-Profit Organizations at the same university.

        His professional career in Switzerland is typical of many other migrants. Initially, he worked as a house painter, interpreter and officer at the local radio. Upon leaving the RaBe Radio he started working at the Swiss Red Cross as a coordinator of an information and employment center for Kosovar Refugees. Subsequently, he held project manager positions for integration programs in Switzerland.

        Starting in 2005, Mr. Gashi has been working at the Unia Workers Union. At first he was the national representative for migrants from former Yugoslavia, Western Balkans and other non-EU countries.  Since 2009 he has been co-chairman of the Unia Berner Oberland region.
        In addition to his professional achievements, Mr. Gashi is also an active volunteer. Among others, he is part of the leadership for the albinfo.ch platform, head of the Integration Committee at Bern and co-leader of the Solidarite sans frotieres society which works to protect migrant rights.

        Hilmi Gashi

        Bern, Switzerland

        Indira Kartallozi is the founder and director of Chrysalis Family Futures – a social enterprise that stands for the protection and empowerment of human and socio-economic rights of vulnerable and marginalised families and children. She is also the founder of the Migrant Entrepreneurs International – a global network connecting migrant entrepreneurs and promoting their positive social and economic contribution worldwide.

        Her work has taken her to various countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. In the UK, she works as a Legal Advisor for Freedom From Torture, and previous role as a Senior Case Worker for Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile, and a Welfare Rights and Housing Advisor at Haringey Migrant Support Centre.

        In 2015, Indira was a top 5 finalist in the Migrant Woman of the Year. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Social Enterprise Reporting Awards, an initiative of CSR Nigeria, and Kosova Changemakers initiative in Kosova.
        Since completing her MA in Refugee Studies and her groundbreaking research on austerity and welfare reforms, Indira has been invited to speak to various conferences and seminars around the world.

        Indira Kartallozi

        London, UK

        Mark is the chair of the Massachusetts Albanian American Society (MAAS/BESA), and  founding member of MAASBESA in 2006.  He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Mentor Group in Boston.   He has lived in Albania and worked there as an independent consultant, as well as held positions with the World Bank in Albania and Washington D.C.  Additionally, he has served as a Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College.

        Mark is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the National Albanian-American Council, and is currently on the Board of Directors of Albanian-American Success Stories and the Treasurer for the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Mark holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and did his undergraduate degree in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

        Mark Kosmo

        Boston, USA

        Jetmir Bakija is an international development professional who currently works on civil society development with National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Nepal. Earlier, he consulted for NDI in South-East Asia, the Middle-East and the North African region. He has also managed the Diaspora Engagement for Economic Development project at UNDP Kosovo and is a co-author of the Feasibility Study on Private Investment Fund for Diaspora Investors.  

        He is a long-term activist in Kosovo and has worked for various think-tanks tackling issues of parliamentary openness, election reforms and local government development.

        Jetmir graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and he holds a Master’s Degree on International Policy and Commerce from Valparaiso University (Indiana).  

        Jetmir Bakija

        Prishtina, Kosovo

        Stafi

        Behar Xharra is a development, governance, peace and security professional. A native of Kosovo, Behar has worked for various governmental and non-governmental agencies in Washington DC, New York, Dhaka, Lagos and Prishtina. Currently, he serves as a Governance and Innovation Specialist at UNDP in Bangladesh, leading data analytics and conflict prevention programming. Behar is a founding member of Germin. He has extensive experience on policy, research, and engagement of Diasporas in development and diplomacy. He has co-authored a policy framework on the role of Kosovo’s Diaspora in public diplomacy, and founded the www.kosovodiaspora.org, a crowdsourcing digital engagement platform. Behar is a graduate of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University and Earlham College. He was a fellow at the Center for International Conflict Resolution and the Harriman Institute.

        Behar Xharra

        Executive Director

        Liza Gashi is a public policy professional with experience in project and campaign management, qualitative analysis and big data, and multi-stakeholder engagement in Kosovo, the United States, Costa Rica and Argentina. Liza is a founding member of Germin and the www.kosovodiaspora.org platform. She has also founded and currently leads the United World Colleges Committee in Kosovo (UWC Kosova), which has administered scholarships for Kosovo high school students to attend UWC colleges in 16 different countries. Liza completed a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Arizona State University, and holds a bachelor degree from Wartbrug College (IA) in International Relations, Political Science and Spanish. She is a graduate of United World College in Costa Rica, and studied for a semester at the National University of Córdoba in Argentina.

        Liza Gashi

        Program Director

        Jetmir Bakija is an international development professional who currently works on civil society development with National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Nepal. Earlier, he consulted for NDI in South-East Asia, the Middle-East and the North African region. He has also managed the Diaspora Engagement for Economic Development project at UNDP Kosovo and is a co-author of the Feasibility Study on Private Investment Fund for Diaspora Investors.  

        He is a long-term activist in Kosovo and has worked for various think-tanks tackling issues of parliamentary openness, election reforms and local government development.

        Jetmir graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and he holds a Master’s Degree on International Policy and Commerce from Valparaiso University (Indiana).  

        Fjolla Vukshinaj

        Engagement Coordinator

        Kaltrina Kusari is a researcher and a social worker. She is currently working on her Master of Social Work thesis, which focuses on the experiences of repatriated Kosovars.Her academic interest is intertwined with her personal experiences because she lived and worked in various cities in the United States and Canada for over a decade, and understands the importance that migration holds for Kosovars. In an attempt to bridge her educational experiences with her passion for Kosovo’s development, she remained an active member of the Kosovar civil society while abroad. Most recently, she has joined the Board of the The Ideas Partnership, an NGO which advocates for the rights of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosova. Kaltrina is a graduate of Quest University Canada and currently completing a Master’s degree at University of Calgary. Throughout her education she has gained experience in research and event organizing, and she is excited to use those skills to contribute to Germin’s mission.

        Kaltrina Kusari

        Database Specialist

        Contact

        Location
        St. Tringë Smajli, nr.48
        Prishtina, Kosovo, 10 000
        Tel
        +386 49 564 000
        +386 49 564 100
        Email
        info@germin.org
        info@kosovodiaspora.org