Dec 15, 2023

The CEF’s Role in Redefining Knowledge Sharing to Western Balkans

We have been successfully collaborating with Marsed Harizi, CEF expert, in implementing various learning and knowledge-sharing initiatives as part of the ongoing EU-funded project "Structural Reforms Better Integrated Within Fiscal Frameworks" (FISR2). We are happy to share Mr. Harizi's insights on our collaboration, where he recognizes the project's value in contributing to a coordinated and participatory Economic Reform Programme (ERP) process in the Western Balkans and Türkiye and highlights the benefits of our cooperation.

“The rainbow of events and learning approaches delivered by the CEF for years has been an incredible journey to witness. The CEF is a knowledge hub that is not just shaping the present but is actively crafting the future knowledge landscape of the Western Balkans. This year was no exception. Numerous workshops addressing the Economic Reform Programmes (ERP) created a “knowledge ecosystem” that benefited all seven countries in the FISR2 project. 

One key highlight was the self-paced online course “How to Make a Good ERP”. This course was more than just a learning experience, as it gave a rare opportunity to be at the forefront of gathering the very best of ERP knowledge. Through the learning approaches applied it contributes to the growth and learning of all participants. This event was the first of its kind in the ERP area. The process began by tuning into the needs and interests of the participants to create a learning space that resonates with each individual. From videos to PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, and additional reading, the course was designed with meticulous attention to detail, a testament to the CEF’s commitment to fostering diverse and vibrant learning experiences. The user-friendly design, much like a familiar chord on a guitar, is a reflection of the CEF’s dedication to making knowledge accessible. The careful packaging of the course aimed to disseminate information as well as to make navigation seamless, ensuring that participants, including me, could find what they needed quickly and effortlessly.

The CEF’s approach to the “IPA Funds as a Source of Financing the Structural Reforms” workshop evidenced that its influence extends beyond mere knowledge dissemination. These events are not just movements in a symphony but transformative experiences, unraveling complexities and capturing the essence of systematic knowledge management.

Leading the Network of Regional Experts (NRE) community, I have witnessed firsthand how the CEF transforms regional collaboration into a harmonious dialogue. The NRE becomes a collective wisdom, echoing through the Western Balkans, and reflecting the CEF’s dedication to shared experience and future on the ERP landscape. 

The CEF transcends the conventional definition of an institution. It is like a living entity that nurtures the pursuit of knowledge. Far from being static, it embodies a dynamic force that evolves with every workshop, online course, and exchange of ideas. It is a sanctuary where the collective journey of knowledge building is celebrated.

I feel incredibly fortunate to have been part of this transformative journey. Each initiative, note, movement, and harmonious dialogue constitute the building blocks in the CEF’s legacy of enlightenment and empowerment across the Western Balkans.”