EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES IN KOSOVO: THE VITAL ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN ADVANCING EDUCATION AND CURBING DEVIANT BEHAVIOR

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Islam Hasani
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0055-6466
Ferdi Kamberi
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1642-736X

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Local communities play an essential role in developing and organizing their lives for joint betterment. Local self-government, through local democratic mechanisms, involves the community as part of the public policies, showing the sign of the development of the local democracy. This research aims to analyze the communication and collaboration between the local government and local communities in Kosovo, focusing on their role in the development of education and the reduction of deviant behavior, intending to create a better social environment for the community. The research methodology employed for this paper is as follows: library research, qualitative research, and the analysis of the laws in power related to the topic. There will be field research working with two focus groups belonging to the municipality of Prishtina, considering their ethnic component. General results show that communities are still in the development and organization phase, whereas their participation in the process of public policies is still under the average level. Social audits can be mechanisms for development, organizing the community, and involvement in local government policies.

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Hasani, Islam, and Ferdi Kamberi. 2024. “EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES IN KOSOVO: THE VITAL ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN ADVANCING EDUCATION AND CURBING DEVIANT BEHAVIOR ”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 10 (1):81-96. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA24101089h.
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Islam Hasani, Faculty of Islamic Studies in Prishtina, Kosovo

Islam Hasani is an Associate Professor Doctor and currently holds the position of dean at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Prishtina. Prior to this position, he has worked with several prestigious universities around the world: In Malaysia (University Malaya, University Tenaga Nasional, International Islamic University Malaysia); In Bahrain (Kingdom University); In Kosovo (European Schools of Law and Governance, University for Business and Technology). He has authored two books related to the banking and financial system and authored and co-authored many scientific articles with impact factors in international and regional journals and conference papers. Books: Islamic Economics and Banking: Basic Issues, 2013. The Development of Islamic Financial System, 2022. His research interests include social aspects of the banking system, social welfare, philosophy of education, community development through community economics and cooperation, and other fields related to contemporary issues.

Ferdi Kamberi, University of Gjakova “Fehmi Agani” – Gjakova, Kosovo

Ferdi Kamberi is a doctor of sociology and currently is Prof. Ass. Dr. at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Gjakova "Fehmi Agani". He worked in several University Colleges as a lecturer and was the Head of the Division for Public Communication in the Ministry of Local Government Administration. Certified in the USAID & AUK - R.I.T program related to Public Policy Development and Leadership and Trainer certified by KIPA & GIZ in the Design and Management of Public Policy of European Integration. He is the author and co-author of several scientific publications with impact factors in international and regional journals and the author of the books "The Fundamentalism of the Great Monotheistic Religions and Globalism, 2016", "The Dilemmas of Transition, 2019", and "Political communication with the public - effective methods and techniques for success in political elections, 2023". His research interests include: social work and welfare care, research studies, deviant behavior, sociology of religion, sociology of family, social psychology, communication and media, community development and local governance, and other social fields.