KCSF wins 2014 PASOS Think-Tank Achievement of the Year Award
The Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) was honored with the 2014 PASOS Think-Tank Achievement of the Year Award for its work leading a campaign to preserve the integrity of civil society in Kosovo.
The annual award was announced at the PASOS General Assembly in Warsaw December 13.
KCSF initiated and led a multi-NGO coalition after Kosovar lawmakers adopted legislation that would have done great harm to the integrity of NGOs by allowing microfinanced NGOs to convert into joint-stock companies. The KCSF filed a lawsuit, eventually arguing in front of the country’s top constitutional court. In April 2013, the court ruled that provisions were unconstitutional.
“This is a shining example of an NGO taking the initiative to preserve authentic civil society, and showing that rule of law can be used to thwart those who would attempt to subvert civil society through legal manoeuvres,” said PASOS Executive Director Jeff Lovitt.
The PASOS Think-Tank Awards commend the work and achievements of members that demonstrate outstanding work to promote the values and goals of PASOS in promoting and protecting democracy, human rights and open society values – including the rule of law, good governance, and economic and social development.
Awards are given in two categories: Achievement of the Year and Best Policy Publication of the Year. EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy paper that examines how the EU funds local civil society groups in the Eastern Partnership was honored with the 2014 PASOS Best Policy Publication of the Year Award.
The winner were selected by a three-member jury of leading experts from the international think-tank world and experienced policymakers with a knowledge of the policy challenges facing young and aspiring democracies in Europe and Central Asia. The jurors are:
- Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General, University of Central Asia
- Kalman Mizsei, Head of EU Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform, Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine), Adjunct Professor at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
- Gabriela Svárovská (Dlouhá), former Director of Human Rights and Transition Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic