Knowledge Increase on Socioeconomic Situation in Northern Kosovo

Knowledge Increase on Socioeconomic Situation in Northern Kosovo

This project aims to research, analyse and voice communities’ socioeconomic perceptions, needs and concerns in northern Kosovo. The project seeks to raise the voice of the citizens of northern Kosovo on their daily life problems and concerns avoiding the already existing discussion on politics.

-Implementation Period

15.08.2012 – 31.01.2013

-Location:

Northern Kosovo

Selected regions in Kosovo: Northern Kosovo

Selected municipalities in Kosovo: Mitrovicë/Mitrovica North, Zubin Potok, Zvečan/Zveqan, Leposavić/Leposaviq

-Background:

There is significant discussion on the politics of northern Kosovo, whereas the day to day problems and quality of life of those living in this area receive far less attention. ECMI Kosovo’s opinion polling activities in the north seek to build a holistic overview of people’s day to day lives in this area of Kosovo. ECMI Kosovo seeks to obtain information on how people perceive overarching issues such as personal wellbeing, safety and security, and social capital manifested in civic engagement and interpersonal trust, in addition to more specific information on the delivery of public services including education, healthcare, and the rule of law.

-Aim and Objectives:

The objectives of this project are to increase the knowledge and awareness of institutional and civil society stakeholders involved in the implementation of community outreach, confidence-building and community stabilisation measures in the north of Kosovo with regard to the concerns and needs of communities; to produce a robust and comprehensive basis for strategy and programming development to be used by international organisations and governments operating in north Kosovo, as well as by local civil society organisation involved in this matter.

Expected Results and Activities:

The expected result is the provision of unique information valuable to the work of all non-governmental and governmental stakeholders that address northern Kosovo. An increased awareness and understanding among relevant among relevant stakeholders on the issues focused upon in the project will make a critical contribution to community outreach, confidence building, and community stabilisation measures which are accurately targeted and deliver sustainable impacts. Furthermore, the insight on overarching issues within the population is important for informing a general approach to the north, which acknowledges the primacy of people’s quality of life, and goes beyond political issues when attempting to improve conditions for confidence building among all communities living in these municipalities.

The project activities are the following:

1. Developing a scientific methodology and a sound questionnaire for the opinion poll, with early involvement of the final report’s end users;

2. Conducting the opinion poll on the field in partnership with a team of well-qualified socioeconomic researchers;

3. Analysing the data gathered by the local researchers and identifying findings and recommendations in a final report;

4. Disseminating main findings and recommendations of the report towards main institutional stakeholders and civil society organisations involved in northern Kosovo.

-Target Groups and Beneficiaries:

“Civil society organisation””international organisations””communities in the north”

-Specify who will be the direct beneficiaries of the project:

Communities living in the north will be the direct beneficiaries.

Area / Sector:

“Education”,” Health Care”, “Employment””Local Economic Development”

-Specify what area the projects seek to address:

The project seeks to improve all areas of life of citizens in the North including and not exhaustive: education, health care, employment and local economic development.

-Funding:

This project is funded by the United Kingdom of Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

-Partners:

This project is complementary funded by the Decentralisation project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Contact Person

Email: info@ecmikosovo.org

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