CARE International in Kosovo
contributing to a sustainable peace
kosovo
About CARE

Since 1997, CARE in Kosovo has worked with people impacted by conflict in Balkans.What began as humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons(IDP's) and refugees made way for peacebuilding efforts, as the country and its people worked to piece together their lives. At the time of the NATO bombings, CARE responded to the Kosovo refugee crisis by managing eight refugee camps, housing more than 120,000 people. CARE also established community service and health programs, including youth centers, information centers, mother and child health centers, trauma counseling and mine-awareness programs.

CARE Kosovo is part of CARE International’s regional program in the Balkans which also includes Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. CARE Kosovo’s head office is based in Prishtina/Prishtinë. CARE’s staff represents the diversity of Kosovo’s society and, as such, the organization is well placed to build linkages among ethnic communities.

Being part of the CARE International network, CARE Kosovo is able to draw upon the experience and technical resources from other CARE offices in the Balkans and worldwide with extensive experience in reconciliation, returns and re-integration, reconstruction, education, governance and economic development.

CARE's support to peacebuilding initially was focused on strengthening inter-personal relationships between different communities to help bridge political divisions and reduce mutual feelings of hatred and fear.When renewed violence between ethnic communities in Kosovo broke out in March 2004, CARE sought to better understand the impact of its multi-ethnic initiatives.
CARE's study, Has Peacebuilding Made a Difference in Kosovo? found that multi-ethnic approaches to programming failing to address deeply the divisive issues around war crimes, missing persons, and economic and physical security.In order to ensure that healing processes were sustainble, programs needed to focus on creating a more enabling political, institutional, social, and economic environment.

Today, CARE's peacebuilding program in Kosovo centers on promoting democratic governance and minority re-integration, education, economic development and livelihood security.

CARE International in Kosovo works closely with the Kosovo Albanian, Serbian, RAE and other minority communities to engage and equip people, organizations and municipalities so they can realize their potenial and build peaceful and thriving communities.

Since 1997, CARE in Kosovo has worked with people impacted by conflict in Balkans. What began as humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons(IDP's) and refugees made way for peacebuilding efforts, as the country and its people worked to piece together their lives. ...

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