he primary and overarching objective of United Nations Development Programme in Kosovo is the eradication of poverty in the context of sustainable development, including the pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals, and promotion of United Nations fundamental principles. The core dimension in our approach is investing in human development, wealth creation (with emphasis on issues such as entrepreneurship, job creation) and institutional reform and capacity development. The empowerment of women is key to all development and gender equality is a core part of all policy strategies. The MDG agenda and the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development include many development activities from democratic governance, economic and social reforms, conflict prevention, social justice, promotion of access to public services, the environment and sustainable management of natural resources, pro-poor economic growth, trade development, gender equality and social inclusion.United Nations Development Programme - Kosovo addresses the challenges and helps through three practice areas: Democratic Governance, Inclusive Growth and Policy Research, Gender and Communication.
Since 1999, the United Nations Development Programme has earned a strong reputation as an independent and experienced partner in the effort to rebuild Kosovo. After the initial period of past conflict reconstruction it has helped establish and develop local institutions. Kosovo is now on a new phase of development. The international community is scaling down its presence, and local authorities are taking on the responsbilities for leading the development process and European integration. However, Kosovo faces a daunting task in coping with some of the taughest economic and social conditions. UNDP is ideally placed to help the people and institutions in overcoming these challenges. Our support comes in numerous forms and uses experience gained from developing economies around the world.
UNDP will contribute to Kosovo priorities and development of capacities of various partners through two programme components: Inclusive growth and development and Democratic governance. UNDP offers comparative advantages in these areas, drawing on its global knowledge base, best practices, lessons learnt, and past cooperation. Efforts will continue to reinforce mainstreaming gender equality and women empowerment across the programme and greater attention will be devoted to embedding a more coherent strategy for civil society engagement and research-based programming across all development interventions.