From all the research carried out so far, Accessibility turns out to be one of the biggest challenges faced by people with disabilities in our country. Physical environment/Infrastructure, transport not adapted to their needs, prevents them from participating in everyday life activities. In order to raise awareness, increase knowledge, and skills in auditing accessibility, within the framework of the EU funded project “Inclusive Kosovo” 9 trainings on Accessibility Audit in the Built Environments have been carried out, the majority of which were delivered by Disability Partnership Finland (DPF) project partner, bringing to Kosovo a new standard for building and auditing accessibility. (1) 3‑day training with DPO representatives from central level. (2) 3‑day training with DPO representatives from local level; (3) 3‑day training with participants from central level institutions. (4) Six 2‑day trainings in 6 regions of Kosovo (Prishtina, Peja, Gjakova, Prizren, Suhareka, Gjilan) with participants representing local authorities. Beneficiaries of these trainings, employees and members of DPOs, officials of central and local level institutions increased their capacities and developed their knowledge regarding the standards of accessibility for persons with disabilities, and they were trained in practice how to make the auditing of accessibility, using the guide and standard forms.
One of the main objectives of the project is to raise the organizational capacities of DPOs. In the framework of the EU funded Project “Inclusive Kosovo, 9 two-day trainings were held in the following areas: (1) Human resources management; (2) Financial and asset management; (3) Drafting the logical framework; (4) Fund raising; (5) Monitoring and evaluation of Projects; (6) Conducting Research; (7) Web and social media management; (8) Strategic Planning; and (9) Project Management. These trainings were organized in order to increase the knowledge and develop the capacities of DPO employees, leading to a better management of projects and organizational performance. The beneficiaries of these trainings have applied the acquired knowledge in the trainings within their organizations in the area of human resources planning, the recruitment process, performance management, how to design the logical framework and project management in general as well as how to better use the media for communication with the public. Moreover, they also learned about financial management and the logic of project budgeting.
Social media nowadays is a powerful tool to inform, raise awareness and convey messages to a wide audience. Taking into account the impact of social media on society, the EU funded Project “Inclusive Kosovo” in the cycle of trainings for increasing the capacities of DPOs, has carried out a two-day training with representatives of DPOs, focusing on the social media techniques, exploring all their potential and their use for advocacy, awareness raising and widely informing for various causes. DPO officials have benefited from these trainings, using the knowledge gained in the training for the development and management of their organizations websites and social network
The Finnish partner of the Project Kynnys has delivered trainings and sessions related to advocacy for the rights of women with disabilities. Women with disabilities, employees and members of DPOs have learned new methods to advocate on important issues, the improvement of which would make life easier for these women. In addition, through these sessions they have been motivated by the models of success in other countries, which has encouraged them to continue fighting for their causes in order to advance their position in society.
Media is one of the main channels of communication with the general public. They have a great impact on the way citizens perceive policies and help raise awareness among citizens on various issues. Being a topic of great interest and importance for DPOs the EU funded Project “Inclusive Kosovo” organized two 2‑day trainings on the topic “Using Media in Advocacy” were held within the training cycle for organizations of persons with disabilities. DPOs had the opportunity to gain knowledge about the importance of the media in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities; how to convey information to the audience; how to prepare for media appearances, and their approach to the media in order to promote their causes. They were also trained on the practical side regarding the techniques and methods of using the media, by drawing up even work plan on the media usage, at the organizational level.