Raising participation in decision-making through social media in Prizren and Gjilan/Gnjilane
The social media project is a venture for encouraging young people of
Prizren and Gjilan/Gnjilane to participate in local decision-making
processes through an innovative and educational approach, as well as to
help their better understanding of civic rights and responsibilities.
Moreover, this project aims to bridge the gap between municipal
government and the youth and support them through different
activities in the field and in the community by using social media. Specific objectives of this project are: a)
to strengthen partnership and interaction between the youth and
government through direct and interactive communication between both
parties, b) for young people to better understand their civic rights and
responsibilities by using and developing social media, with the
long-term goal of increasing their participation in decision-making and
political process of local governance monitoring, and c) to increase
public interest and better understanding of civic rights and
responsibilities. Main activities
Activities that will enable the implementation of targeted objectives of the project are:
- Monitoring the youth departments,
- Advocacy for inclusion of youth in decision-making,
- Meetings of youth with municipal officials,
- Design of the website,
- Creation of online modules for participatory budgeting, the voicing of concerns and online/electronic petition,
- Arranging debates in schools and universities,
- Research on youth activism,
- SMS information platform,
- Direct engagement of youth in the project,
- Documentary on the Youth Activism in Prizren and Gjilan/Gnjilane,
- Media and public information campaign, and
- Design of social media applications for smart phones.
To date, a web platform with three online modules and the SMS platform were developed. The three online modules are: E-petition, wherein people may create online petitions for any issue of their concern; participatory budgeting, where citizens can submit their proposals on capital investments they think are necessary to be carried out in their municipality; and the complaint module, wherein citizens can report their complaints about issues, occurrences and concerns in the city, neighbourhood, community, school, parkland, and so on.
The publication of the analysis Youth and Transparency: Excluded or Ignored? has revealed the insights of the youth of Prizren and Gjilan/Gnjilane on the local policy-making, decision-making process, participation and use of the social media. The debates in secondary schools, colleges and public and private universities are designed to inform and involve youth directly in this project and in the local decision-making process. The projects Facebook page contains information on project activities, and is one of the important tools of interaction among all project beneficiaries. Detailed information about this project, activities and the achievements can be found at http://www.online-transparency.org/rpms/. This project is supported by the UNDP Kosovo Office, whereas in Gjilan/Gnjilane this project is implemented through our local partner Kosovo Centre for International Cooperation (QKBN).