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PREPARE Network Is Promoting New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Leotrim Germizaj from Kosova

‘’Being acitivist of civil society and rural development sector is a great opportunity to contribute for the inclusion of the rural communities in all aspects that affect the improvement of their lives.‘’ This is a part of the story brought to us by Leotrim Gërmizaj.

Leotrim is national coordinator of Network of Organizations for Rural Development of Kosovo and currently he is project representative for Kosovo of the regional project ‘’Networking and Advocacy for Green Economy’’.

He had the opportunity to lead youth networks at national and regional level, being part of relevant programs and projects aiming at advancing youth in all sectors including recent campaigns for active youth in rural areas and young farmers clubs.

Leotrim Gërmizaj is board member of PREPARE AISBL since last General Assembly in November 2018 and appointed as a European Rural Parliament Steering Group member since 12th December 2018.

Beside his engagement in civil society, previously, he had opportunity to work for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development of Kosovo, showing specific interest on the national policies and strategies for agriculture and rural development.

According to him, being activist of civil society and rural development sector is a great opportunity to contribute for the inclusion of the rural communities in all aspects that affect the improvement of their lives.

Recently he has been included on the organisational aspect of PREPARE Gathering in Kosovo, second-multi thematic meeting of the ALTER Project (Active Local Territories for Economic Development of Rural Areas), and on the preparatory campaign of 1st Kosovar Rural Parliament.

The 4th European Rural Parliament gathering is a very important activity for all rural development activists, including Leotrim who is very interested for the overall process together with other colleagues from Steering Group.

‘’Rural development is a very attractive sector that gives the opportunity to contribute, by creating links and collaborations that reflect the diversity and development of the rural community’’ – concludes Mr. Gërmizaj.

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