Return to Civilian Life
Hasan Azemi works as the head of the logistics section in the Kosovo Centre for Public Safety Education and Development located in Vushtrri/Vucitrn. He supervises 30 staff and is in charge of about 40 buildings that are part of the Centre. But the resettlement story goes back to his days in the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC). After years serving as the leader of the supply section, and following the dissolution of the KPC, he decided he wanted to continue working. By opting for the job placement scheme, costs for his first six months at the Centre were covered through the Resettlement Programme. Whilst initially hired as head of the transport section during the regular trial period, his excellent performance enabled him to become head of the section in early 2011.
Being successful at the office was not sufficient, however. Azemi contacted his counsellor to inquire about possibilities within the Resettlement Programme to benefit from additional training in order to upgrade his position within the Centre. His request was approved and he enrolled in a 4-month after-work course to acquire new skills in Windows, Excel, and Word, succeeding in passing all four subjects. The reward: a considerable promotion to the post of head of the logistics section. “If I knew that the training would be so useful to me I would have started much earlier,” Azemi says, after thanking the Resettlement Programme for providing him with a wide range of opportunities throughout his resettlement.
- 1463 people from an outdated organisation, funded publicly have transferred smoothly to the civilian sector and over 95% of them have secure and profitable livelihoods.
- $17 million budget has been invested in individuals and in local economies
- . Of the total number of KPC Personnel eligible for the Programme, 42 were women and 74 were minorities
The reintegration programme was designed by a UNDP Preparatory Assistance Team which was funded by BCPR. This team, in cooperation with major national and international stakeholders including the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), then implemented the Programme with funding from a $17 million NATO Trust Fund, established with donations from ten different countries. The programme was called the KPC Resettlement Programme because the ex-KPC members were already well established in their communities and the emphasis was on economic reintegration and orientation to life without a uniform.
The individual relationships between beneficiaries and counsellors helped build up trust which turned a hostile, sceptical and angry caseload at the start of the Programme into a forward looking, confident and positive group of people as the Programme went on. This started with initial consultations and then the Orientation Training which was attended by 1460 of the 1467 eligible personnel. The vast majority (1384) of beneficiaries then opted for business assistance and 70% of these were in the field of agriculture, largely because they already owned land and wished to develop their activities, whilst looking for employment through their own contacts. The business training which was completed by 1384 beneficiaries was particularly commended by the caseload. Of the total number of KPC Personnel eligible for the Programme, 42 were women and 74 were minorities.
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