"Kosovo/a Initiative" Assessment Mission
R E P O R T
DRC Job no. 503-556
Supported by FRESTA
There is a need for improved information dissemination to IDPs in Serbia, both in terms of relevance and appropriateness, about all important aspects of the return process. To achieve this it is necessary to enhance the cross boundary cooperation among NGOs in the region.
The involvement of IDPs in the return process as well as their empowerment (particularly in representation, negotiation and related skills) should be set as one of the key priorities for all development organizations involved in capacity building. This should enable the IDPs to establish social structures in their communities of return and better advocate for their interests through relevant structures in Kosovo.
As indicated by number of local NGOs and IDP associations, it is realistic to expect that return for a certain percent of Serbia proper IDPs will not be possible in the immediate future. In this context the IDP related activities of NGOs and IDP associations should also put in focus advocating for improved possibilities for integration of IDPs during time of their exile, regardless from their final decision related to return.
NGO development related
With regard to NGOs, there is a need for a concerted effort and campaign to introduce appropriate legislation in order to facilitate the work of local civil society structures.
Regarding IDP associations, the need remains for their capacity building in the areas of NGO management, planning, skills development and increased knowledge of main policy documents (UN and EU), as well as advocacy and lobbying.
The FRESTA supported NGO Transition and Development Programme has proven to be a valuable mechanism to improve synergy, skills and experience sharing, as well as programme planning and implementation of IDP and refugee assisting NGOs. Involving more IDP associations and expanding the best practices of this programme would be valuable for raising the standards of assistance provision and linkages among NGOs in the region.