The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI Kosovo) is the principal non-governmental organisation engaged in the protection and promotion of the rights and interests of all minority communities in Kosovo. We very much appreciated therefore the advice and skilled tips regarding the use of social media for our purposes and updated our Facebook filters and settings after the PeaceCapacity workshop. Other topics covered during the workshop, such as the reflection on the cooperation of NGOs with the police, NGOs’ anti-hate speech work and other awareness-raising campaigns were familiar to us, due to more than 15 years’ experience working with minority rights concerns, however, it gave us an interesting overview in the work of others.
The trainers were knowledgeable and approachable, which meant that I enjoyed the workshop overall. During the workshop, one of the things that I was most interested in was the opportunity to learn about writing a policy brief, as well as the subsequent discussion with Gilberto, Natalie and other participants about best practices in writing policy briefs (keeping them short, specific, and in keeping with a theme). Following the workshop, I discussed what I had learned with my colleagues in my organisation and explained to them how to write better policy briefs as a non-government organisation working for citizens in the Fushe Kosovo district.