UN Joint Programme on Domestic Violence in Kosovo

Project Summary

The programme is an extension of previous UN joint programme, implemented in three pilot municipalities – Dragash/š, Gjakova/Djakovica and Gjilan/Gnjilane (read more here). The programme is aiming to develop local capacities of service providers in northern Kosovo (Mitrovicё/a North, Zveҫan/Zvečan, Leposaviq/ć and Zubin Potok), to respond on domestic violence cases and contribute to creation of coordination mechanisms involving institutional and civil society actors. Due to the complexity and ambiguity of the addressed issues, the programme incorporates five UN Agencies, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and OHCHR. Whole project is coordinated under the auspices of the United Nations Kosovo Team. 

What do we want to achieve

The purpose of the programme is to tackle the presence of domestic violence in a compact manner. In that sense, individual activities range from direct assistance to the survivors of domestic violence; capacity building support to the municipalities, service delivery institutions and civil society organizations in; creation and strengthening of coordination mechanisms in order to effectively respond to domestic violence cases. An important attribute is the reintegration component of the programme, setting up mechanisms that will contribute to (re)integration of (potential) victims and survivors of gender and domestic based violence into the labor market.

Main expected results:

Programme abides and support the general implementation of the Kosovo strategies and regulations in place against Domestic and Gender based Violence at the local level, in four main fields:

a) Prevention: enhanced awareness among women/girls and men/boys on domestic violence and women’s rights in selected municipalities;

b) Protection: increased capacity and financial sustainability of domestic violence protection mechanisms to provide quality services in selected municipalities;

c) Reintegration: enhanced economic independence of (potential) survivors and counselling for families and perpetrators; provision of skills development and employment opportunities of potential victims and survivors of domestic violence (preventive and reintegration measures) and

d) Scaling-up: dissemination, validation, and replication of programme results & lessons learned through policy dialogue among key stakeholders at different levels, ensuring the consistence and sustainability of coordination mechanisms and other programme results. 


Donors Amount
Government of Finland 1.000 000 Euro (€)

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