Asking questions and pressuring governments and institutions is something too often left in the hands of journalists and civil society organizations; an apathetic society is a perfect breeding ground for corrupt institutions, inefficient power structures, and simply put, bad governance. But what happens when citizens are the ones who ask the questions?
What do they want to know about? What do they want to change? Are institutions ready to answer citizens’ demands? How can leaders best use citizens’ proposals? Do Kosovar citizens have enough tools to communicate with their leaders? Do Kosovar public representatives communicate their decisions and policies well enough? Does the law protect and help those who want to access or share information of substantial public interest? What would happen if politicians answered citizens’ questions in a transparent and public manner, even if they weren’t always able to comply with their demands?
In our next Small Talk, Kosovo 2.0 wants to share with you the experience and results of our #PoDuMeDitë (#IWantToKnow) campaign, a campaign initiated with the aim of encouraging citizens to make demands and ask questions in direct communication with political representatives and public institutions through social media. We’ll also be hosting a participative discussion on the transparency of institutions, access to public information, whistleblowing and more.
Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 18:00 in Dit’ e Nat’ for a down-to-earth, open and pragmatic discussion on all of these issues. To help get us started and to provide better insight into these issues, we will be joined by:
– Arban Abrashi, minister of Labor and Social Welfare.
– Shpend Ahmeti, mayor of Prishtina.
– Albulena Nrecaj, director of Iniciativa per Progres (INPO).
– Albulena Sadiku, deputy director of BIRN Kosovo
– Arben Ahmeti, journalist at Radio Dukagjini.
The discussion will be moderated by K2.0 journalist, Eraldin Fazliu.
Take the opportunity to take part.K
The#IWantToKnow campaign has been supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kosovo.
Feature image: K2.0.