This project will enhance durable solution opportunities for returnees by strengthening the capacities of local authorities to assess returnees’ needs and support their achievement of durable solutions, improving the implementation of institutionalized returnee integration support mechanisms, and increasing the impact of community integration assistance and multi-ethnic cohesion. 

DRC, in partnership with project municipalities, will take the next step towards supporting returnees in finding durable solutions for their reintegration in cooperation with remainee communities. This project will target 300 direct beneficiaries (of which 76% refugees and 24% non-refugees) including 36 return stakeholders, as well as an estimated 600 indirect beneficiary families in the municipalities of Istog/Istok, Novo Brdo/Novobërdë and Štrpce/Shtërpcë. 

Project Objectives: 

Improve capacity to support returnee integration through enhanced, durable solutions-focused assessments of integration challenges-related needs In collaboration with central level authorities and municipal staff, DRC will develop, pilot and monitor targeted assessment tools based on a set of indicators that enable measuring progress and identifying remaining gaps towards achieving durable solutions for returnees. 

Enhance the implementation of existing returnee integration support mechanisms by applying a coordinated, comprehensive and multi-stakeholder approach DRC will conduct a capacity assessment of existing municipal coordination mechanisms on returns, and based on the assessment results, provide technical assistance to coordination mechanisms to fulfill their role effectively. 

Improve basic living conditions of most vulnerable returnees through minor shelter repair and stimulate community integration and multi-ethnic cohesion through joint rural income-generating grants Through operationalizing local returns mechanisms, DRC will provide minor shelter repair for 15 vulnerable familes, and following rural market and agricultural value chain assessments,assist the implementation of 3 joint rural grant schemes including business training and monitoring of grant beneficiaries. 

All activities will be coordinated with institutions in Kosovo, in particular the Ministry of Communities and Return (MCR), relevant institutions in Serbia, displaced persons and their representative bodies, BPRM and its partners, UNHCR, and other stakeholders to ensure that adequate support is available to returnees in pursuit of durable solutions and community stabilization. 

This project is funded by BPRM.