UNDP and the UN System

 UN Agencies in Kosovo
Flying high. The SDG flag

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

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).

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UN Development Coordinator
Andrew Russell

Mr. Andrew Russell (Canada) assumed the position of UN Development Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative on 15 October 2013. Mr. Russell is a leadership and management expert with over two decades of experience in the United Nations. He brings in-depth knowledge of UN programme and operations both at Headquarters and in the field.  He holds specialized expertise in crisis prevention and recovery and all of his field experiences have been in the context of managing programmes in support of the transition from conflict to peace and development and promoting multi-stakeholder dialogue in ethnically or politically divided contexts.  

Mr. Russell holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University and he also taught development and peace building studies at the undergraduate and graduate level as an adjunct lecturer at Haverford College and Columbia University. 

Contact UNDP in Kosovo
UNDP Kosovo, Zagrebi st. 39 Arberi, Pristina Kosovo

Phone:+381 (0) 38 249 066
Email: registry.ks@undp.org
Fax: +381 (0) 38 249 065

Relevant Documents
The United Nations Common Development Plan 2016-2020

The United Nations Kosovo Team (UNKT) is firmly committed to working together with the Kosovo institutions and people to identify and achieve their own development aspirations and goals. This strong commitment underpins the United Nations Common Development Plan 2016-2020 (CDP), a five-year programmatic framework that describes the shared strategic priorities of the UNKT that will require the full range of expertise and resources from the United Nations programmes, funds and agencies.

People Behind Figures Report

This brochure titled “Social Inclusion: People behind Figures” provides a snapshot of the status of social inclusion in Kosovo.  The document describes the situation of the most vulnerable  people living in Kosovo, drawing on data generated by  Kosovo institutions, UN development agencies, as well as  think tanks and Academia.

UNV Newsletter

UNV Kosovo was established in 1999 and works with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming and mobilizes skill based volunteers to work in and outside of Kosovo. UNV Kosovo works to enhance civil society participation including youth and vulnerable groups; raise awareness on issues that matter to local community including Poverty Reduction, Social Inclusion, Gender and Environment. This is the 2012 newsletter of achievements.

© 2015 United Nations Development Programme
*References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999)
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