CARE International in Kosovo
contributing to a sustainable peace

CIK believes that its strategy for economic development should concentrate on the promotion of employment opportunities for the poor, with a particular focus on minorities, women and youth, which are the most adversely, affected sectors of Kosovo society in terms of unemployment. The aim here is to reduce inequalities between groups which are facing discrimination and social exclusion. The promotion of SMEs also enables CIK to build upon, and enhance, close relations with local governments established through our peace-building work (returns, receiving communities). In the framework of the ongoing decentralization process, municipalities are increasingly becoming involved in developing structural and institutional conditions for local economic development. Support to local governments for economic development is highly complementary with other current CIK peace-building initiatives (e.g. returns, dialogue, and facilitation).

Project name: Empowerment of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian (RAE) Communities in Kosovo

Location of the Action: Prishtinė/a, Gjilan/Gnjilane, Mitrovicė/a and Pejė/Pec region

Donors to the Action: European Commission Liaison Office Prishtina (ECLO)

Period of Implementation: 01/03/2007 - 31/05/2009

Project Description:

Empowerment of Roma, Ashkaeli and Egyptian Communities in Kosovo is a recently funded project by the European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR). The project began in April 2007 and will be completed by December 2008. The projects overall objective is to contribute towards the social and economic sustainability and inclusion of RAE communities in Kosovo. The project privileges the empowerment of RAE communities, and in particular the strengthening of RAE NGO’s, as strategic means for achieving the overall objective.

Throughout the 26-months period of its implementation the Empowerment of RAE Communities in Kosovo project had successfully established contacts with all relevant stakeholders from the targeted sites including the project beneficiaries. The project targeted 22 sites inhabited by RAE population, after thorough baseline study and inception phase that enabled the project determine the targeted areas. Key criteria included: ethnic composition and diversity of the RAE communities, sites where no other organizations are operating to avoid duplication of efforts, and sites where municipal stakeholders, RAE leadership or other stakeholders groups have made request, where there was readiness to try and test new approaches, where the target groups were ‘open’ and willing to participate in capacity building activities, and in the sites where there was demand for project assistance. Throughout the inception phase the project assessed the conditions and the status of different community issues and concerns i.e.: health, education and environment, economical status, civil society organizations and identified the areas for intervention which indeed contributed towards achieving the project goals and objectives.

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Project name: Regional Economic Growth for Stabilization (REGS 2)

Location of the Action: Municipalities of Gjilan/Gnjilane, Kamenicė/a, Viti/Vitina and Novo Brdo/Novo Bėrdė.

Donors to the Action: The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Period of Implementation: 01/01/2009 - 30/06/2010

Overall objective:
To enhance economic development and employment generation in Kosovo. CARE wants to contribute to this over-all objective by realising the project's specific objective: To support equitable and sustainable economic development and employment generation in the Gjilan/Gnjilane Region in south-east Kosovo.

The two expected results the project wants to achieve are as follows:
  1. To strengthen the capacity of 4 municipalities to create and maintain essential preconditions for investment opportunities in the private sector.

  2. To improve the capacity of selected producers associations to support their members and act in their common interest.
This is a shift in approach as compared to REGS-I: rather than supporting individual start-up enterprises (successfully done under REGS-I), REGS-II will concentrate on the organisational environment in which enterprises operate.

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Project name: Regional Economic Growth for Stabilization

Location of the Action: 7 municipalities in Macedonia and Kosovo

Donors to the Action: The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Period of Implementation: 01/08/2006 - 31/12/2008

Project Description:

The project's over-all objective is to increase employment by creating a business environment that promotes economic growth and investment opportunities at the local level, with particular emphasis on rural areas. This implies the creation of an enabling business environment to support decentralisation and local economic development initiatives through knowledge transfer and through strengthening the capacity of the partner municipalities and their business communities to support local and regional economic development as well as local and regional/international trade links.

Achieved results:
  • Implemented baseline to select municipalities and their business communities for project implementation.
  • A thorough and detailed understanding of the municipalities' economic development features.
  • Local Economic Development Councils support the political processes to enhance local economic development.
  • Revision and evaluation of the local economic development plan, and implementation of this plan.
  • Business associations have appropriate internal structures and procedures, and have developed services for their members. Through these services, businesses can have contacts with other businesses in the region and internationally.
  • Agencies have increased their capacity for lobbying and advocacy on behalf of their clients, and have established links with similar agencies throughout the region.
  • The business community has received training in subjects where they needed this, and will be in a better position to deal with their own business environment and that in the region and the European Union.
  • Business support materials and resources are available to the participants, and project partners have access to relevant information.
  • LED tools, theory and techniques are widely and thoroughly disseminated, understood and applied.
  • Participants have gained experience in project design and implementation; LED projects have been implemented successfully and have thereby contributed to local economic development.
  • Members of the local business communities will gain the confidence and knowledge to have meaningful discussions with their regional and EU counterparts.
  • Economic links with foreign businesses have been (re-)established and strengthened, and business standards have been increased to European levels.
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