Lavdim Hamidi

Lavdim Hamidi was born in 1982 in Trnovac and is currently living and working in Kosovo. He is an experienced economics reporter and works for the daily newspaper, Zeri


In 2008, Lavdim was awarded with the first prize at the end of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence annual programme for the article Power Games Delay Escape from Poverty.

Lavdim’s interest in the energy sector prompted him to apply for the Balkan Fellowship, and conduct a broad research on the issue of management of energy industry which is of vital importance for Kosovo inhabitants. He hopes to kindle a public debate on facts revealed in his article, related to corruption and mismanagement in Kosovo energy sector.

His research was supervised by Krenar Gashi, an editor of BIRN’s Balkan Insight publication.

Lavdim is now covering the economy sector since 2002 and has taken part in many specialized training sessions.

In 2009, he was chosen as a member of the board of the Centre for Economic Journalists in Kosovo (CEJK). The centre promotes and works to improve the position of journalists in Kosovar society.

Lavdim has also undertaken master degree studies in International Economic Relations at the South Eastern European Universityin Macedonia.

He hopes that after two years of study, which he began at the end of 2009, he will have better understanding of international economic relations and the business climate.

Fellowship Portfolio

Kosovo: Power Games Delay Escape from Poverty

In spite of generous foreign investment, the electricity is still ‘off’ for much of the time in Kosovo – damaging the impoverished country’s prospects.

The Alumni Network

What is the Alumni Network?

The Alumni Network is an ever-expanding group of journalists who have all participated in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.


Turkey and the Balkans

The re-emergence of Turkey as a growing economic, political and religious power in the Balkans is the subject of the latest Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Alumni Initiative project.

Roma Decade

Twelve countries, including several Balkan states, have signed up to the European Roma Decade 2005-2015 initiative. Halfway through the decade, has any real progress been made?