UNDP and the UN System

 UN Agencies in Kosovo
UN Agencies and Kosovo Assembly at the MDG Conference

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, Ms. Osnat Lubrani, 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 programme countries to enable them to accelerate MDG progress, 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) entails of 21 United Nations agencies, funds and programs active in Kosovo; full list includes: UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCO, UNEP, UNIDO, UNODC, UNV, UNDSS, UNCTAD, FAO, ILO, IOM, OHCHR, UN WOMEN, UN HABITAT, UNHCR, UNOPS, WHO, and the two international financial institutions, the IMF and the WB.

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 and advance true Social Inclusion.

The work of the UNKT is made possible through use of established mechanisms and structures which are tasked to implement planned programmes and projects at the individual agency, or inter-agency level. The main strategic framework to guide the UNKT collective efforts in Kosovo is guided through the recently prepared “UNKT Common Development Plan 2011 – 2015” (CDP). The CDP is a document prepared based on UNDAF methodology and is closely aligned to the Kosovo EPAP, MTEF 2011 – 2013 and other strategic planning documents. The CDP was presented to the Kosovo highest officials including the Speaker and Members of the Parliament; Prime Ministers and Ministers; Donors and Civil Society and the media.

At the individual agency level the work is guided by their internal planning documents such as the Kosovo Programme and Action Plan which is in most cases aligned to both the CDP and to the Kosovo EPAP, MTEF and other strategic documents.

UNKT strives to work in full partnership with the 21 members of the UN agencies, funds and programmes, but more importantly with the government of Kosovo and other important stakeholders who are engaged in development work in the areas of employment, education, health, gender empowerment, environmental and social protection. UN agencies, funds and programmes support those policy processes that address the development priorities identified by the Kosovo government and assist the government in meeting these and internationally agreed development goals (IADGs) such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Social Inclusion (SI) agenda. Also, the UNKT builds strong partnership with Kosovo civil society to strengthen its capacities to dialogue with and to monitor the government in its role to ensure Kosovo’s wellbeing.

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, Payton Place 14, Pristina Kosovo

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

Relevant Documents
Common Development Plan

The focus of the UN Common Development Plan (CDP) 2011-2015 is harmonizing the work of the UNKT over the mentioned period around four Strategic Themes – I Legislative and Policy Frameworks for Social Inclusion; II Accountability for Delivering on Social Inclusion; III Local Participation and Empowerment; and IV Environmental Health and Protection.

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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