This capstone project addresses the problem of sustainability of NGOs in Kosova as the vast majority of NGOs face serious difficulties in sustaining their work. Except for a small number of Kosova NGOs, that managed to achieve a desirable level of institutional and financial sustainability, the rest tend to be failing. According to the numbers provided by the NGO Registration and Liaison Office of the Government of Kosova, out of the around 5000 registered NGOs, about 10% are estimated to be still active or partially active.1 The research methodology of this capstone project was quantitative and qualitative based on surveys and interviews. While, comparative case studies from countries which went through transitional periods was analyzed and presented in order to give a comparative and analytical approach to the issues. This capstone project concentrates on two groups of important factors which affect the NGOs sustainability. The primary group involves 3 main factors: 1) financial, 2) organizational viability and 3) legal. The secondary group involves other four factors: 4) program effectiveness, 5) human capacity, 6) networking and 7) long-term impact on society. This capstone project makes recommendations on how to overcome the difficulties and challenges regarding NGOs’ sustainability. In order to evaluate these seven factors there was conducted a survey with 50 NGOs. This survey contains two questionnaires, one for active NGOs and the other for inactive ones. Both active and inactive NGOs were selected randomly out of approximately 150 active NGOs and all the inactive ones. The survey 6 focused on three specific sectors of NGOs: environment, think-tank, and democratization and human rights. The first questionnaire finds out the reasons and the factors that helped NGOs remain active and also the challenges they face everyday. The second questionnaire aims to find out the main reasons that led the most NGOs to become inactive. The results of the survey give a comparative approach of active NGOs versus inactive ones.
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Nuka, Dardane, "Sustainability of NGOs in Kosova: Challenges of the third sector and the ways forward : [presentation given May 18, 2010]" (2010). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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