UNHCR

UNHCR’s operation in Kosovo has progressively evolved throughout the years from humanitarian assistance to advocacy and capacity building. As Kosovo endeavors to strengthen its institutions, UNHCR has assumed a supportive role to the authorities in an effort to help designing strategies for the adoption of the most appropriate durable solutions for the displaced population within and outside Kosovo. Mission of Project This project aims to support Kosovo institutions to exercise in more proactive manner their role to develop and implement its legal framework and policies with incorporated outcomes of the displaced persons needs assessment to find the most appropriate durable solutions for sustainable return and the displaced population within and outside Kosovo. Strategic Goals The objective of this project is to contribute to the creation of conditions for finding durable solution and reintegration for returnees in Kosovo, under the ownership of the authorities, who shall assume a leading role in the entire process. Areas of Work Advancing Together (hereinafter AT), as UNHCR implementing partner in Kosovo, will support Kosovo institutions (central and local level) to adapt to new return policies that are expected to ensure inclusiveness and comprehensive approach to durable solutions through a normative framework expected to be introduced for the first time since 1999 through a Regulation on return of displaced persons and durable solutions. AT will support drafting process of Municipal Action Plans in 10 municipalities, support UNHCR in capacity building activities at both; local and central level enabling the authorities to develop and at later stage to implement respective MAPs while having facts grounded elements. AT will exercise its protection monitoring role over the return and reintegration of PoCs and the restoration of national protection. The above exercise will enable AT to advocate for support of the local and central level authorities in addressing the basic needs of Kosovo returnees in the areas of physical, legal and material safety, as well as, strengthening authorities’ capacities for the protection of returnee and displaced populations.

ROMACTED Programme

ROMACTED, “Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level”, is a Joint Programme between the European Union (DG NEAR) and the Council of Europe. The programme will be implemented by the Council of Europe’s Roma and Travellers Team and the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Turkey. The agreement with between the EC and the CoE was signed on 1 May 2017, and after a six month period of inception, the programme will be implemented in approximately 59 Municipalities (local administrations, elected representatives and officials) and the Roma communities, for a period of 28 to 30 months, until the end of April 2020. The aims of the programme are to: 1. Engage local authorities in creating sustainable policies and actions that will help stimulate (Empower) Roma Ashkali communities to contribute in the design, implementation and monitoring of plans prepared for improving the overall situation. 2. Empower Roma Ashkali communities in ; a) practicing their basic rights ( in individual level) and b) getting organized and voice their interests in the community problem –solving 3. improve and expand the institutions' commitment, capacities, knowledge and skills in working for Roma inclusion, putting into practice the concepts of good governance. Actions The specificity of the actions would be to assist the local authorities to integrate Roma specific dimension/measures into the mainstream local policies, budgets and public service delivery on their agenda, while enhancing the participation of the Roma citizens in the design, implementation and monitoring of those policies and projects. As a result of the implementation of the programme, it is expected that the participating municipalities remain with consolidated features to continue serving the needs of the Roma population such as sustainable local action plans and one-stop-shops that facilitate the access of Roma to the public services. Target groups The target groups of the project are local public administrations (the elected representatives and relevant officials) and the Roma communities from the selected municipalities. They are also the first short-term beneficiary groups of the project. Overall, the project will target 59 municipalities. The mid- to long-term beneficiaries are the Roma population and the population of the municipality in general. Activities The target groups of the project are local public administrations (the elected representatives and relevant officials) and the Roma communities from the selected municipalities. They are also the first short-term beneficiary groups of the project. Overall, the project will target 59 municipalities. The mid- to long-term beneficiaries are the Roma population and the population of the municipality in general. ROMACTED results from the experience of the ROMED and ROMACT programmes and will reflect upon the adaptation of these methodologies and activities to each beneficiary and selected location, in order to fit into the policy cycle and the dynamics and reality of each municipality, and thus bringing an additional input to existing policies and practices for an effective and more inclusive functioning. One of the leading guidelines in the methodology of the programme is that participation in local governance can only be effective if it is context-appropriate. Thus, a preliminary mapping, assessment, baseline survey and research are done in each selected municipality so as to facilitate the adaptation of the programme and its support and monitoring of the process. In addition to the Strasbourg-based team, the programme will have project officers in the Council of Europe offices in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Serbia and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and a national support team from Roma civil society in each of the beneficiary countries. ROMACTED in Kosovo* The 8 Municipalities chosen to propose the implementation of ROMACTED in Kosovo* are: Gjakovё/Ðakovica; Gračanica/Graçanicё; Mitrovicё/Mitrovica South; Lipjan/Lipljan; Fushё Kosovё/Kosovo Polje; Ferizaj/Uroševac; Istog/Istok and Obiliq/Obilič municipality.

Erasmus + Project on Building Capacity for Roma Organization’s on EU Funding and Partnership Building

“Roaming – Capacity Building of Roma Organization’s on EU Funding and Partnership Building” which is being implemented under the leadership of Montenegro-based NGO “Young Roma” which has started on 01/09/2016 and will last till 01/09/2017 where Advancing Together is one of the implementing partners of the project. The main target groups of “Roaming” are CSOs active in “SIMURGH” Roma Network whose member and implementing partner is Advancing Together jointly with Out Of the Box International/Belgium, Asocijacija Koordinatora za romska pitanja/Serbia, Association of Citizens ROMAVERSITAS – Skoplje/FYRM, Mladi Romi/BiH, Disutni Albania/Albania, who were selected due to their experience and expertise who will recruit other 40 CSOs through the co-based open calls in the second part of the project. The direct beneficiaries of this project will be youth workers from Roma CSO’s that will gain necessary knowledge on the EU funding and advocacy. They will also increase their European connections and networks, as project will involve stakeholders such as policy makers and institutions on the European level. Specific objectives of “Roaming” project are: 1. To build the capacity of 6 Western Balkan CSOs and engage them in the process of monitoring, application and writing of the EU projects proposals, as well as enhance more effective fundraising activities for the 2017 – 2020 (Training on “EU funding and advocacy”); 2. To build cooperation between 6 Roma CSOs from Western Balkan and number of relevant European umbrellas, and stimulate European representation of Roma youth (Internship in Brussels for 6 youth workers coming from Roma civil society organizations); 3. To give a voice and knowledge to more than 40 Roma CSOs from Western Balkan, so they can successfully advocate for Roma youth issues on the local and national level, by making use of the European perspective (the “European Roma initiative labs” and a T-kit with recommendations).

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