UNDP and the UN System
UNDP’s role within the United Nations Kosovo Team (UNKT) is that of coordination. UNDP provides coordination support to each of the UN agencies, and provides assistance to programmes and projects of sister agencies and other development partners.The UNDP Resident Representative in Kosovo, Mr. Andrew Russell, is also the UN Development Coordinator representing the UN system. As the chair of the UN Kosovo Team, a team comprising of all the heads of UN agencies, the Development Coordinator provides overall leadership for UN strategic initiatives and the operational framework for development assistance. The effectiveness of the UN Development Coordinator System is central to providing the highest quality services to advance peace and stability and achieve sustainable human development.
UN agencies in Kosovo
Working together with one aim
The United Nations Kosovo Team (UNKT) is composed of 18 United Nations agencies, funds and programmes active in Kosovo; full list includes: FAO, IOM, OHCHR, UNWOMEN, UNDP, UNDSS, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC, UNOPS, UNV, WHO and the two international financial institutions, the IMF and the World Bank .
Each agency, fund or programme, has its own mandate and provides support to Kosovo in its respective areas of specialization – be it health, education, children and human rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality, good governance, agriculture, assistance to migrants in need, refugees and internally displaced people, assistance in urban and rural settlements, economic development and employment.
They gather under UNKT umbrella to harmonize interventions, address all aspects of Kosovo development challenges and work together with the government, civil society and private sector to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
The UNKT is chaired by the United Nations Development Coordinator (UNDC), who supports and facilitates the dialogue and coordination of the UNKT in order to ensure collaboration in a concerted and harmonized manner, with a view to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the UNKTs’ interventions in Kosovo.
As UNKT is made up of 18 individual organizations, each one is accountable for their own policies and programmes. The UNKT provides a facility for the organizations to coordinate between themselves development efforts, share information and experiences and in some cases have common services. The UNKT does not make policy or programme decisions on behalf of individual organizations.
UNV Programme in Kosovo
The main roles of the UNV Programme in Kosovo are: 1) Fielding UN Volunteers inside and outside Kosovo, and 2) Promoting and advocating the concept of Volunteerism as a major form of civic engagement.
Since the establishment of UNV Programme in Kosovo in 1999, Kosovo has developed the largest UNV programme in the region, and the largest contingent of UN Volunteers. Whilst a large number of UN Volunteers were working under UNMIK administration, a considerable number of International and National UN Volunteers have also been working for various UN agencies in Kosovo and Kosovo Government institutions. In addition, we send qualified nationals abroad to work as International UN Volunteers elsewhere. UN Volunteers provide technical support and cooperation alongside UN agencies in relation to community-based initiatives, in humanitarian relief, and community development works in support of human rights and peace-building processes. UN Volunteers and National UN Volunteers specialists are people with certain academic background and several years of relevant experiences They can be professionals in respective areas of specialties but they are at the same time the people who agree to be a volunteers and to contribute to a community development effort and to provide technical skills and support for agencies’ works with given conditions of services.
UNV Kosovo has promoted and advocated Volunteerism for Development. This is a major form of civic engagement; it enhances inclusion and the participation of people in development and the mobilization of communities. UNV provides strategic advice on the role and contribution of volunteerism and options for civic engagement in development programmes which aim to improve public inclusion and participation in social, economic and political development, and support the growth of volunteerism within communities as a form of mutual self-help.
Currently, UNV Kosovo is working to enhance civil society participation, namely youth and vulnerable groups; raise awareness on local community issues and sustainable human development from the perspectives of Millennium Development Goals (Poverty, Gender and Environment).