Kosovo

Poverty, inequality and weaknesses in rule-of-law institutions present challenges in establishing economic and social stability in Kosovo, especially among marginalised groups, and returning migrant families. We defend the rights of the most vulnerable by working towards effective child protection systems as well as facilitating reintegration of returned migrating families.

What we do

Child Protection

Due to lack of resources and inter-sectorial coordination, Kosovo faces challenges in developing an effective child protection system. We promote policy and service improvement, focusing on the implementation of the law on child protection, on the provision of specialised child protection services in emergencies, and on the institutionalisation of the position of child protection social workers. Our team trains child protection professionals to respond to the needs of children at risk. Together with our partners, we mobilise and empower children, their families, and social leaders to improve the realisation of children’s rights in the communities. Additionally, we work on linking the child protection system with the juvenile justice system.

Children and youth in migration

Poverty, exclusion, and the lack of quality services drive people to emigrate. These families and children run great risks along the way, at their destination or upon return to Kosovo. We help returned migrants to reintegrate their living conditions. We encourage children to attend school and our after-school activities. Young people and parents receive support to set up income-generating activities and undergo vocational training. We promote social inclusion of the most vulnerable groups, including Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities. As a country of origin, transit and destination of human trafficking victims, Kosovo plays an important role in tackling this problem. We strengthen the cooperation in the Balkans to identify victims of trafficking.

Access to Justice

The new Juvenile Justice Code in Kosovo requires the application of an integrated protection system for children in conflict with the law. It brings a new aspect about the treatment of children under the criminal responsibility age by putting more emphasis on their protection and the respect of their rights. We support authorities to implement it and to develop legal provisions, policy papers and working protocols which ensure that children in conflict with the law are better protected. Our team also trains professionals who work with children in conflict with the law and organises exchanges of knowledge and experience between governmental institutions in Kosovo and various European countries.

 

 
 

Terre des hommes, helping the children of Kosovo.

Shkurte successfully reintegrates into Kosovo thanks to setting up a tailoring business.

Shkurte Gashi, is well reintergrated in Kosovo.

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Terre des hommes in Kosovo

Beneficiaries 2018

 

8347 people

Expatriate / local employees

 

0 / 30

Budget 2019

 

CHF 724,949.-

 

 

 

Where we work

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Timeline

2000
Terre des hommes launches its first project in Kosovo, in the Mitrovicë/Mitrovica and Svejan areas, to help children overcome the trauma of war.
2002
Beginning of the juvenile justice project in Prishtina/Priština to support young people who have turned to delinquency as a result of the conflict and help them reintegrate in society.
2005
In collaboration with Tdh Albania, assistance is provided to Albanian children who are forced to beg or commit offences in the streets of cities in Kosovo.
2010
Tdh committed to the building of an efficient Child Protection Safety Net in order to protect children against neglect, abuse, delinquency, trafficking and exploitation.
2015
Tdh has the lead in the drafting of the new Law on Child Protection jointly with the Prime Minister Office, which is expected to be approved by the Parliament 2018.
2015
Tdh Kosovo becomes a partner of the regional initiative - Child Protection Hub for South East Europe.
2016
Tdh begins the work on the reintegration of migrant families returning to Kosovo and on prevention of unsafe migration.
2017
Tdh provides long-term support for the implementation of the new Law on Child Protection and development other missing legislation and services.
2018
Tdh continues its work on trafficking of human beings in the Balkans, especially on the cross border cooperation, provision of community reintegration services and raising awareness.
2018
Tdh restarts its efforts to improve the juvenile justice field in Kosovo.

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Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Tdh Magazine No. 36 - Kosovo: Back into Childhood
Thematic Policy - Enhancing child protection systems

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