Second Human Development School Successfully Completes its Journey
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and College Universum presented awards to three best essays and certificates of completion to the students who attended the second School on sustainable Human Development in Kosovo in a closing ceremony that took place on 10 May.
The second Human Development Spring School hosted 25 selected students from different Universities in Kosovo who, during the ten day course, attended lectures of local and international experts including representatives of the Kosovo government, civil society, and Academia on the impact of mobility on the current and evolving trends in human development including its obstacles regarding Visa Liberalization in Kosovo.
The three awarded essays will also be published on UNDP Europe and the CiS website and respective Journals. Certificates of attendance were presented by Osnat Lubrani, UN Development Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative and Alejtin Berisha, Executive Director of Universum College.
Short descriptions of the 3 winning essays:
1. Mobility in Kosovo has started very early. People started to use mobility to escape from the suppressive system. Throughout the years, people started to migrate to find jobs that would enable them to raise their living standard. In the past two decades, one of the most popular forms of mobility here in Kosovo, is the mobility for educational purposes. This study seeks to examine the pro’s and con’s of mobility for educational purposes through the scope of brain gain and brain drain, how it is affecting Kosovo and what can be done to encourage people to come back so they can bring their Know-How practices here.
2. Aim of this study is to provide descriptive and explanatory analysis on the Diaspora situation, with a special emphasis on the Diaspora’s political participation in Kosovo. In order to do so, the paper addresses the legal framework on Diaspora, the role of media in shaping their identity and the political participation of Diaspora in the Kosovo institutions. The paper consists of secondary data, where legal acts, academic articles, journals, books, and so forth, have been analyzed. The results gathered are supported and explained based on relevant theories on Diaspora and migration.
3. The objective of this study is to contribute to efforts aimed at maximizing the potential of remittances in Kosovo, through the integration of a gender perspective in the study of the flows, usage and socio-economic impact of remittances within recipient households and communities. The main aim is analyzing the gender dimensions of the sending, usage and impact of remittances. Specifically, this research seeks to increase knowledge and understanding through a gender analysis on:
– The contribution of migrants to the development of Kosovo and the relevance of that contribution to female empowerment;
– How the migration is affecting gender roles and decision making processes in households and community.