Public Pulse on Youth launched
UNDP released today the Public Pulse Analysis on Youth, funded by USAID in Kosovo, which analyzes the perceptions, attitudes, and expectations of the youth in Kosovo regarding their satisfaction with the overall situation in Kosovo, migration, education, employment, interethnic relations, and perspectives about the future. The survey was conducted in January 2018 with a total of 452 Kosovans aged between 14 and 35 years.
Results show that the majority of respondents are pessimistic about the future of Kosovo, while most of them consider the lack of job opportunities, poverty, nepotism, and corruption as the main challenges of their perspective in Kosovo. This study also heard seven focus groups, totaling 82 young people from Prizren, Gjilan/Gnjilane, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, Graçanicë/Gračanica, North Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, Pejë/Peć, and Prishtinë/Priština. Data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and thematic analysis for the content of focus groups. The focus group discussions provided a more detailed explanation of the perceptions of the youth regarding the perspective of Kosovo in four main domains: socio-economic and political situation, religious and interethnic security, education, and expectation for the future.
Present at the launch were Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Kosovo, Ms. Alessandra Roccasalvo and Mr. Paul Vaca Programme Office Director of USAID Kosovo.
Ms. Roccasalvo emphasized the observation that willingness to leave Kosovo is quite high as many people reported unemployed. “This shows also that people want to work, they want to work for a better life for themselves and their families”. Ms. Roccasalvo added that there is no society that can grow prosperous without the next generation “so, tackling issues that young generation perceives as important, is the insurance for a successful Kosovo in the future”.
Mr. Paul Vaca said that we all heard that Kosovo has the youngest population in Europe and that is seen as a window of opportunity for accelerating the economic growth: “Public pulse analyses on youth is a barometer of young people’s opinions. These opinions also strongly demand that institutions provide better education, create more jobs, decrease poverty and fight nepotism and corruption.”
Public Pulse project is generously funded by American people through USAID.
Read the report here