Between 18 and 27 October, the Mission organized four advanced capacity building workshops for future Municipal Community Safety Councils (MCSC) in northern municipalities. The aim of workshops was to familiarize the nominated MCSC members with the innovative approaches in community safety provisioning, as well as with hands-on techniques in problem analysis and problem solving, including the practical tools and strategies for improved work efficiency.
As a continuance to four thematic simulation workshops conducted in 2015, in co-operation with the Community Safety Coordination Office and interim community safety coordinators nominated by the mayors of these four municipalities, the Mission facilitated this capacity building effort in order to equip the nominated members with more advanced knowledge and skills for ensuring effective functioning of future MCSCs. Through group exercises, the participants delivered specific project proposals with adequate and realistic solutions to burning safety problems, to be included in the 2017 annual working plans of the future MCSCs and presented to municipal mayors and potential donors. With enthusiastic and effective participation of over 50 municipal and Kosovo Police officials, community safety activists, Local Public Safety Committees’ leaders, women, youth, representatives of NGOs and non-majority communities, the Mission acknowledged evident and unequivocal readiness of all community safety actors in the North to take decisive steps in advocating with municipal authorities to formally establish the MCSCs as soon as possible.