The mission of the GAP Institute for Advanced Studies is to bring together professional researchers to address Kosovo’s pressing economic, political, and social challenges. GAP aims to bridge the gap between the government and the people and to serve as a bridge between problems and solutions. In the five years since its founding in 2007, GAP has been directly involved in many governmental working groups for drafting public policies. Also, GAP published over a hundred publications, which are among the most cited documents by local media outlets, and its findings have been cited by international media and by scholars who focus on public policies. The organization has provided work space for a large number of professionals from different fields.
- Agron Demi Executive Director
- Berat Thaqi Researcher
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Area of Expertise
- Access to information
- Civil society participation in government processes
- Participatory budgeting
- Transparency and accountability
- The GAP report on Private Higher Education in Kosovo remains the only report of its kind for higher education in Kosovo. During the accreditation process for private institutions of higher education in Kosovo, the British Accreditation Council, the organization carrying out the accreditation process, noted that the GAP's report was the only credible and independent report.
- "GAP Analysis of Kosovo Police Budget" served as a guide in the drafting of budget policies for the police; it was published in the official publication of the Kosovo Police, "Protector."
- The GAP has published 23 municipality budget monitoring reports
- "Kosovo Budget – transparency and forms of budget reporting” is a policy brief that evaluates the level of transparency in the state budgeting process and offers recommendations on how to improve it.
Major Current Activities
- In 2010, the GAP Institute signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) in order to assist the Ministry in analyzing losses from the blockade caused by Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on Kosovo products.
- Created an online platform that makes available financial reports from municipal, ministry, and independent public organizations in Kosovo since 2010; most of these reports had never been published before. Through the platform, more than 186 financial reports are available in Microsoft Excel format, a format that makes it easier for users to use the data in statistical analyses. Through the online platform, GAP provides the national budget based on sectoral investment, and provides municipal (mayoral) level public expenditure reporting.
- Attend Parliamentary Committee of Budget and Finance meetings on every second week.
- Monitoring of municipal, ministries and independent organizations level of transparency about their spending.
- Gather and convert data about public spending to Microsoft Excel format and then publishing them on the GAP online platform.
- Media appearance regarding budget transparency.
- Writing analytic reports regarding budget expenses trends.