IPAII 2017 “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”: Kick-Off Workshop in Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99)

Within the Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) II 2017, the regional action “Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans”,  funded by the EU (DG NEAR) and Germany (German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development), the implementing partners (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government, the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)) are organizing a series of kick-off workshops representing the official start of the project in the Western Balkans.

The overall objective of the project is to improve the security in the Western Balkans and the EU by combatting organized crime and terrorism. Emphasizing the need for awareness raising and cooperation among regional and national capacities to counter serious crimes, which included the recovery of illegal financial gains and the fight against illegal migrant smuggling.

The projects` kick-off workshops in the Western Balkan countries, will be organized as follows:

  • Belgrade, Serbia: 19th– 20th February,
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: 22nd– 23rd February,
  • Tirana, Albania: 26th– 27th February,
  • Podgorica, Montenegro:  28th– 29th February,
  • Pristina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99): 5th– 6th March,
  • Skopje, Republic of Macedonia: 7th– 8th March 2018.

Referral Mechanism – Lessons Learned and Best Practices

On 26 October 2017, the Embassy of Italy in Pristina, in cooperation with UNDP – United Nations Development Programme, will be hosting an event on “Referral Mechanism – Lessons Learned and Best Practices”.

The Referral Mechanism, piloted in the Municipality of Gjilan, is Kosovo’s (as per UNSC resolution 1244) first mechanism, which offers support to vulnerable individuals at risk of radicalisation. During this event, UNDP will present the mechanism, lessons learned and best practices, which can be used to develop and expand this mechanism further.

For more information on the work of UNDP Kosovo, please visit http://www.ks.undp.org/

Drivers of Radicalization and Violent Extremism in Kosovo: Women’s Roles in Supporting, Preventing & Fighting Violent Extremism

The International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) has published in April 2017 a research report, entitled “Drivers of Radicalization and Violent Extremism in Kosovo: Women’s Roles in Supporting, Preventing & Fighting Violent Extremism”, by Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. and Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.D.

For more information please see here.

Provision of Employment and Job Training for Youth

The objective is to provide job training and employment for youth through wage subsidy programme in cooperation with employment offices and private sector. Through a pilot project, this activity is providing opportunities for youth to engage in meaningful and productive activities.

For more information please visit the UNDP Kosovo* website.

Increasing the capacity of front-line workers to identify signs of radicalization

The objective is to increase the capacity of front-line workers on identification of signs of radicalization. Main points:

  • Utilizing EU Bounce resilience tools, this project trained front-line worker to identify signs of radicalization.
  • This project is developing a case studies handbook for teachers in cooperation with EFD.

For more information please visit the UNDP Kosovo* Website.

Assessment of the conditions leading to radicalization, which informs a National Strategy on the Prevention of Violent Extremism

The objective is to inform a National Strategy on the Prevention of Violent Extremism developed by the office of the Prime Minister. Main activities:

  • a conducted municipal research and a “Comprehensive Assessment to Counter Violent Radicalization in Kosovo”,
  • providing technical and advisory support on PVE  to the government,
  • a conducted community vulnerability assessment,
  • supporting the establishment of a referral mechanism and the training of its participants,
  • the collection of gender-disaggregated data on returned foreign fighters, and
  • providing direct support to Municipal Community Safety Councils (MCSC) in developing safe community plans based on crime audits, participatory, and problem analysis.

For more information please visit the UNDP Kosovo* Website.