The Community Stabilization project funded by the British Embassy, Pristina, assisted 43 small minority businesses, producers, processors and traders by delivering income generation grants together with field-focused technical advice and business management training. This included linking beneficiaries to micro-finance institutions and aiming to create livelihood linkages between minority communities and surrounding centres of trade and the wider economy. In addition, the project supported 3 small-scale community projects that promote inter-ethnic cooperation and support reducing the social isolation of minority returnee and remainee families. The project was implemented in 5 municipalities; Pejë/Pec, Istog/Istok, Prizren, Strpce/Shtërpcë, Dragash/Dragas.
The Reintegration of Spontaneous Returnees to Kosovo project was funded by BPRM and supported the sustainable and dignified reintegration of 21 families from displacement in Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia to Kosovo through physical, social and economic interventions. The families were assisted through facilitation of interethnic dialogue; assistance in housing rehabilitation or reconstruction; provision of humanitarian assistance packages consisting of food, non-food items, and furniture; distribution of income generation grants; and support in accessing basic services such as healthcare and education. DRC coordinated activities with the Ministry of Communities and Returns, UNHCR, and relevant local municipalities.
The project ’Data Processing of Civil Registry Books’ (CRB) aimed at the successful transfer of personal data (birth/marriage/death registries) from Nis and surrounding cities to the Civil Registry Agency (CRA) in Pristina. The activities included setting up of a project hub in Nis/Serbia, identifying and training staff, transport of copies of original civil registry books (CRBs) from different municipalities to Nis and back, the digitalization of original civil registry documents (corresponding with about 2 million pages), including several steps of verification, printing and preparation for certification of the printed copies of the original books. At the end of the project, all approximately 12.000 CRBs were processed, certified by EULEX and handed over to the CRA and the respective municipality. The project was funded by the EU and is closely cooperating with the delegations from Kosovo and Serbia involved in the dialogue process, the Civil Registry Agency of Kosovo (CRA) as beneficiary, EULEX (EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo), the EU Special Representative and, most importantly, the EU Delegation in Kosovo as donor.
The EU Beautiful Kosovo Programme (EU-BK Programme) was funded by the EU and aimed to contribute to the overall improvement of the economic and social situation for Kosovo’s population as a whole and marginalized groups in particular. The project was extended to cover the entire territory of Kosovo, including the North, and activities included enhancing skills of unemployed and marginalized groups through vocational education and trainings and improving urban infrastructure through the implementation of small and medium scale projects according to the identified municipal and regional priorities. The project was managed by the European Commission Liaison Office (ECLO) and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in partnership with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).
The Return and Reintegration in Kosovo (RRK II) project was funded by the European Union and managed by the European Commission Liaison Office to Kosovo, and co-funded by the Ministry for Communities and Returns. Following intensive information and interethnic dialogue preparation, DRC facilitated the dignified return and reintegration of 214 minority refugee and IDP families in the municipalities of Klinë/Klina, Ferizaj/Uroševac, Kastriot/Obilić and Rahovec/Orahovac. DRC also provided reintegration assistance including income generation grants, housing reconstruction assistance as well as community development projects and interethnic dialogue activities. The project was implemented jointly by the Danish Refugee Council and Municipal Authorities.
The Support to Sustainable Return to Kosovo of Rejected Asylum Seekers in Sweden project was funded by the Swedish Migration board (SMB) and aimed to provide durable solutions for rejected asylum seekers returning to Kosovo. DRC supported the returning families with individual return counseling; income generation grants; business counseling and vocational trainings for self-employment and support to obtain relevant documentation. DRC closely coordinated the return process with the Swedish Migration Board.