The local non-governmental organization of Kosovo, Prosperity Initiative in Kosovo (PIKS) in cooperation with Innovations Lab Kosovo and Voices of Youth Mapping Initiative is realizing the Lokalizo project, which is a digital platform that aims to empower youth while making them positive agents in the communities where they live. The prototype of the project has been developed during the third edition of the competition for community projects, “Social Innovation Camp”, where the team has won first place and also has won financial aid for the implementation of the project in the capital.
The Lokaliz project provides an innovative way to identify and solve environmental and urban issues in order to have safer and healthier communities. Lokalizo addresses the current lack of an efficient way of communication between citizens and the Municipalities Administration regards to identifying the issues, reporting them, keeping updated the citizens on the progress of the issues, and finally promoting the solution.
Lokalizo does this through an online mapping platform which enables the citizens which take part in the project and who reside in one of the two Municipalities to report their concerns about community issues to a wide range of institutions such as the Municipal Safety Councils, Kosovo Police, Kosovo Security Force, Civil Society Organizations, and others which form a coalition of partners which provide resources and the knowhow to tackle the most pressing urgent issues in communities.
The Lokalizo project is now in the sixth month of implementation and over this time young people who have joined Lokalizo were introduced to the concept of digital mapping through a set of workshops and activities focusing on digital engagement, youth empowerment and community advocacy. Lokalizo through its partnership with Voices of Youth Maps offers a youth friendly technology, that can be used by trained young people to securely collect stories and reports regarding their neighborhood.
Youth Entrepreneurship Competition
The project has been nominated for the Youth Entrepreneurship Competition which is an international competition organized by Goi Peace Foundation, Stiftung Entrepreneurship and UNESCO. The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an international contest and provides a global platform for young entrepreneurs who aspire to create positive change in their communities. You can cast your vote here and support the Kosovo team: