Institute for Development Research Riinvest

Current Projects

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Business Anti-Corruption Code and Coalition (BACCC)

This project is part of the ‘Civil Society programme for Albania and Kosovo’ funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) in partnership with Partners Albania for Change and Development (PA). The overall objective of this project is to raise awareness and mobilize key actors within a business community in Kosovo in developing ethical principles to reduce corruption and bribing from businesses (supply side of corruption). The project will identify business and business leaders’ attitudes regarding this issue, will develop Anti-corruption code and build coalition to implement it under coordination of Steering Committee. The project will also identify legislation gaps and propose recommendations to respective institutions to address them.

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Women's Economic Forum

The main goal of the 2nd phase of the project "Women's Economic Forum" is to improve the policy environment and raise public awareness to shape attitudes for increased women’s active participation in Kosovo’s economy, through development of specific policy recommendations based on research, design targeted advocacy efforts aimed at diverse segments of society and government, as well as conduct innovative and awareness raising activities. This goal will be achieved through specific activities, including advocacy for policy changes in the current maternity leave provisions; publishing of research-based study on overcoming the barriers to women’s economic inactivity and barriers in the workplace; and developing feasibility and financial rationale for models for child care infrastructure.

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Research and Capacity Development support in the area of Employment and Labour Market Analysis (ELMA) and Training in Kosovo

The main objective of the project is to provide an in-depth overview of the employment and labour market in selected municipalities in Kosovo, namely Pristina, Prizren, Ferizaj/Uroševac, Gjakova/Đakovica, and Vushtrri/Vučitrn, in order to design interventions at central and local level on the basis of empirical evidence. This will be achieved through primary and secondary research in different relevant areas including, but not limited to, labour demand and supply, matching mechanisms, HR practices, labour migration, etc., as well as different type of respondents such as businesses, business associations, students, and subject matter experts.  The overall process will be accompanied by capacity development workshops  for all relevant stakeholders at central and local level focusing on the following aspects: ELMA methodology, anticipating skills needs, data collection instruments, labour market data analysis techniques and methods, and policy recommendation formulation. This project is supported by GIZ - Youth, Employment & Skills (YES) programme. 

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Benchmarking tool (xIndex) for public procurement activities

The “Benchmarking Tool for Public Procurement Activities” is a project that aims to measure and evaluate procurement activities at the municipal level, through an index developed by a statistical methodology. The statistical model, developed by two researchers from Czech Republic (zindex), and adopted by Riinvest, contains 10 indicators, each of which measure the performance of municipality’s procurement activities at different levels. Another important objective of the project, is to develop and strengthen the capacities of Civil Society Organizations across 38 municipalities in Kosovo, through trainings and workshops, to monitor and report findings on municipalities’ procurement activities, on a monthly basis. “Benchmarking Tool for Public Procurement Activities”, is part of the project “Kosovo—Transparent, Effective, and Accountable Municipalities (TEAM)” supported by USAID. 

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Municipal Competitiveness Index (MCI) - Contracting Agency – USAID Kosovo

Riinvest Institute will implement the “The Municipal Competitiveness Index (MCI)” in 38 municipalities in Kosovo. MCI plays an important role in assessing the overall situation, performance and challenges of businesses and the private sector in general at the municipal level. The MCI, which is based on the Asia Foundation's Local Governance Index methodology, provides the basis for a scientifically sound research strategy. Competitiveness indices and sub-indices are created on the basis of economic transition literature and close consultation with key actors for domestic market development. Following the principles of the MCI research framework, implementation will pursue a rigorous workflow at all stages including survey design, piloting, sample design, data collection, and data analysis and reporting.

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