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KOSOVO TRIP REPORT. January 31st – February 1st, 07. IFRC - Current situation in Kosovo. Political situation full y dominated by the process to determine the final status No progress in improving the critical situation in economic, health, social welfare, education etc. sectors

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kosovo trip report


January 31st – February 1st, 07

ifrc current situation in kosovo
IFRC - Current situation in Kosovo
  • Political situation fully dominated by the process to determine the final status
  • No progress in improving the critical situation in economic, health, social welfare, education etc. sectors
  • Increasing need for Red Cross assistance to the most vulnerable groups
  • High rate of unemployment (over 50%), lowest income per capita in the region (1.250 EUR/year)
Current situation in Kosovo
  • Large problem with corruption in all segments of life
  • Week and ineffective law enforcement
  • Health system not able to cover the needs
    • weak management
    • under investment in structure/staff
    • poor access to health care outside Pristina
    • only basic medicines provided for free
    • hospital expenses high, covered by relatives living abroad or loans from banks
  • no general proceeding/organization dealing with forced returnees
  • no organized reception/transfer to places of origin
  • no reconstruction programme for houses (UNHCR`s only for voluntary returnees)
  • lack of ID
  • security problems – as for local population
potential crisis
Potential crisis
  • massive return

- at least 100.000 living abroad (non

Albanians), total 300-400.000

  • municipalities not able to address the needs
  • Collapse of the system!!!
unhcr mission

HQ in Pristina and 5 Field Offices

More policy making work

  • capacity building
  • helping in civil registration and issuance

of documents

Not promoting but facilitating return

Core activities:

- monitoring return

- supporting inter ethnic dialogue

- free legal aid

- shelter assistance (repairing houses)

  • Cooperation:

- lack of response from local authorities

to support the needs of returnees

national societies presentations
National Societies presentations
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Serbia
meeting with rc kosova
Meeting with RC Kosova
  • Not recognized National Society

- 36 professionals, 5.000 volunteers

- lack of vehicles, problems with custom

- Law on Red Cross soon to be passed

  • Cooperating with all major partners,

bilateral cooperation with many RCs

  • Aid distribution (food and non-food items),

psycho-social support

  • Needs in education, health care system

access, housing…

field visits
  • PECH

- visit to two families

- returned from Germany after more

than 15 years

- problems in housing, finding job,

health problems, language barriers,



- Town split into South Mitrovica

(Albanian) and North Mitrovica (Serbian)

- Tensions present on daily bases

- Visit to Collective Centre for Returnees

(former military barracks)

- Same problems as in Pech…

serbian red cross kosovo and metohija provintial organization
Serbian Red Cross – Kosovo and Metohija Provintial Organization
  • covering 28 branches, not having access to two
  • mainly distributing humanitarian aid (food and non-food items)
  • health care
  • cooperation with all major international partners
  • lack of office space (now renting), vehicles, good in Human Resources due to large number of volunteers