Democracy for Development (D4D) is a think-tank organization which was formed recently by experienced and well qualified individuals who came together under the vision that democracy is a precondition for development. The founding members of D4D believe that democracy is both means and ends for development. They have tasked themselves with a mission to research and reach out to a wider community of stakeholders to make this link apparent.
Democratizing research and open dialogue is essential to economic and social development. D4D argues that democracy is a prerequisite for tackling the problems of society including development. While it cannot guarantee development; it has the potential to trigger the cycle of freedom and empower people to reach self-fulfillment and boost their productivity. Empowerment and creativity will ultimately lead to policies that stand the test of time resulting with an improvement of economic and social opportunities for all.
In this regard, D4D will aim to bring together the expertise and capacities that are available in Kosovo to objectively research democratic processes and developmental issues (especially where the two connect) and provide reliable analyses and insight into the problems as well as its solutions. In pursuing its vision, D4D is committed to non-partisanship in principle, but will not shy away from making its views known and these may at times coincide with other stakeholders. The ultimate aim of all activities will be to provide “know how” and solutions for new approaches to tackling the persisting challenges. D4D also believes that it is essential to involve the stakeholders involved in processes and help transform their perception of self-interest to something more in line with the public interest.