Democracy and participation, Communities

Exploring Democracy by Examining Our Demons


Who is behind this?

Migena Nako

Civil Society Development Center (CSDC)


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

How do you demonstrate democracy to a generation that has never truly witnessed it? This project challenges Albanian youth to look at their past in order to reshape their future. Through an evolutionary process, our youth will discover the ingredients necessary for societies to move into a democratic future with confidence that they can perform on a global stage. Our idea will connect European mentors with Albanian youth to result in impactful media outputs that shine a light on democracy.

Where will your idea take place?

Durrës in Albania, other cities and places in Albania

Why does Europe need your idea?

Democracy is an ongoing process. You must constantly work on it with every generation and include youth so they can lead in the future. Albanians have not yet known a democracy that functions effectively. We will prod Albanian youth to cultivate their own version of democracy at the highest level.

What is your impact?

19/01/2019, Albania: A young woman leads a workshop on fake news. Another writes an article on restitution. A young man investigates the abundance of betting services. Another submits a project to fact-check politicians’ statements. What do they have in common? They all participated in our project.

How do you get there?

We will take Albanian youth on physical and mental journeys from the past, through the present, to the future. They may visit a labor camp to see an oppressive communist relic. They may discuss with the Roma community its situation, leading to reflection of current democratic challenges. Or, they may meet with local politicians and NGOs to find solutions through their own journalistic pieces about different communities. They will be helped by qualified mentors from other European countries.

What is your story?

CSDC is eager to empower youth to be active civic forces reshaping local communities and society. We have built a digital media platform that enables youth to broadcast freely on controversial and neglected topics. By provoking these young minds, we push youth to publish content that matters.

Who are you doing it for?

1. Young Albanians and mentors who will test their knowledge in the quest to develop a high-functioning democracy
2. Communities with whom our youth will interact in this quest
3. Decision-makers who will gain insight into young people’s minds exploring democracy
4. Citizens of Albania and Europe

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

- advice on young mentors with journalistic experience from Europe - inclusion in the network of similar projects - we were thinking of engaging partners especially from V4 countries (different experience with communism than in Albania) + countries with long tradition of democracy (NL, UK, SE, DE)


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Idea created on Jan. 18, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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