Kosovo strategic documents and the dialogue with the EU around Kosovo EU integration objectives point to the centrality of effective and equitable democratic governance in Kosovo. Improved efficiency of the central and local institutions and the battle against corruption are put forth as strategic priorities. Complex public administration reforms have been implemented in the last seven years, and continuing improvements are made to improve the functioning of governing institutions at all levels, but the policy implementation and delivery of public services still has many weaknesses and the maturity of the legislature, of the judiciary and of democratic institutions requires further development. Significant disparities between the objectives of local authorities and their capacity to deliver, as well as the underdevelopment of civil society organizations to hold governments accountable and exercise effective representation and participation in policy processes need to be addressed in order to achieve inclusiveness and equitable access.
In the area of democratic governance UNDP will focus on strengthening capacities of central and local governments for gender responsive, quality policy processes. Civil society participation, women empowerment in decision making positions and greater transparency and accountability will receive important emphasis across these areas. Capacities of public administration in Kosovo will be developed through on-the-job mentoring and coaching for high ranking civil servants, and other support will be mobilised as necessary to support the implementation of the public administration strategy. Jointly with other UN agencies, UNDP will support the Kosovo Assembly, the women cross party caucus , the executive institutions and civil society organizations to improve the legislative, budgeting and implementation processes, strengthen the legislative monitoring and oversight mechanisms and achieve better internal and external accountability.
UNDP will continue to support the decentralization processes, building on the assessment led by the Ministry of Local Government Administration of the results of the local government reform undertaken during 2005-2010. Further support will include capacity development of new municipalities and local officials and improvement of secondary legislation in order to make local-level development more inclusive and other interventions to strengthen inter-municipal cooperation. Rule of law, a strong judiciary and access to justice for all are cornerstone of democratic governance. Kosovo has made good progress in establishing a legal aid system ,strengthening its judiciary but the backlogs of cases is still very high, people access to justice is constrained and the safety and security mechanisms at local level are fragile. UNDP will continue advancing gender justice by promoting the protection of women rights with a comprehensive legal empowerment outreach program involving CSOS and paralegal workers to reach out to the disadvantaged communities and women including the victims of violence . The judicial institutions will be addressed from a gender perspective to lead towards gender responsive services
UNDP will continue to work on judicial education (supporting the Initial Legal Education Programme, the Internship Programme, training for Bar Exam candidates), will provide expertise for legislative work and will assist the Supreme Court of Kosovo in harmonization of judicial practice. Support will also be provided for the roll out of the mediation and probation services. With OHCHR, UNDP will plan activities focused on transitional justice. Implementation of the anti-discrimination law and support to the Ombudsperson Institution will be among the priorities as well as legal empowerment activities at the community level, especially with paralegal workers to provide legal support to the most vulnerable, including women victims of violence. In security interventions a community safety approach from a human security perspective at local level with focus on peopled-centered; security and a gender-sensitive focus will be applied. Specifically, UNDP will scale up community safety addressing two geographical hot spots for crime in Kosovo with main focus on armed violence and cross border crime. In addition, the programme will support implementation of the newly adopted domestic violence law through WSSI Women Safety Security Initiative project.
The Capacity Development Facility (CDF) Project provides a framework for guiding and mobilizing existing and new technical assistance initiatives, in support of sustainable national capacity development. The CDF Project places a strong emphasis on the inclusive engagement of key stakeholder groups and partners, striving to achieve national...Read more
Alongside progress in the recovery of Kosovo since the aftermath of the 1999 conflict, high prevalence of domestic violence remains a concern similar to other post-conflict societies. Police in Kosovo register over 1,000 officially-reported episodes of domestic violence every year and 4 out of 5 victims are women. However, official data is just the...Read more
To strengthen the AoKs capacities for participatory and inclusive processes of MPs, CSOs and concerned citizens on review, monitoring and oversight on progress towards achieving the MDGs through development of socially inclusive policies, legislation and budgeting, specifically focusing on pension schemes, social assistance and access to health,...Read more
The project will support Kosovo Judicial Institute to develop and implement a long term and sustainable training program for judges in order to increase their professionalism on making independent decisions, apply leadership, ensure greater independence and promote the judiciary as a democratic institute.Read more
The overall objective and output of this project is to assist the Government and the MLGA to create the necessary conditions for implementation of the decentralisation and effective local government in Kosovo and implementation of the Roadmap for decentralisation and effective local government in Kosovo programmeRead more
Violence against women (VAW) is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. One in three women will suffer some form of violence in her lifetime. In Kosovo, the causes are complex, but eventually point to the simple fact that security and safety are not enjoyed equally by men and women. Further, as Security Sector Reform (SSR) is...Read more
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The Capacity Development Assistance component will provide critical and immediate capacity development interventions in policy, management, leadership, and institutional reform. This also includes the consolidation of the various capacity development and technical assistance initiatives that are on-going amongst which are: policy preparation and...Read more
The project will focus on capacity building, training to improve services with a focus on minority groups in women. Awareness rising on transitional justice issues and a feasibility study on community level priorities in the areas of legal aid and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms will also form part of the activities. In order to...Read more
What is KOSSAC doing?: The work to address Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) control is part of the UNDP commitment to promote human security and a sustainable development in Kosovo. This will be achieved by assisting the Kosovo stakeholders in achieving control over Small Arms Light Weapons ( including explosives and fireworks).Read more
Mr. Chris Decker
Ms. Virgjina Dumnica
Ms. Marta Gazideda
Mr. Alexis Franke
Ms. May Buchmüller