Since 1999, Kosovo has made important progress toward democratic governance, a market economy, and European integration. Yet enduring challenges remain on its path to stability and inclusive development. These challenges are especially acute in north Kosovo, a flashpoint region that uniformly rejected the authority of Kosovo institutions based in Pristina after 1999.
In that context, the Inclusive Development Programme facilitates alignment of northern Kosovo municipalities with the Kosovo-wide planning framework, strengthens the social contract through civil society mobilization and public dialogue, and fosters integration by nurturing local-central and inter-municipal dialogue and cooperation, including through practical infrastructure and service delivery improvements. Emphasis is being put on consolidating governance and planning structures and advancing minority rights and long-term stability.
The programme is financed by the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and jointly implemented through a unique coalition between UN-Habitat, PAX and Community Building Mitrovica (CBM), and the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning (MESP), the Ministry of Local Government Administration (MLGA), as well as concerned local authorities in Leposavic/Leposaviq, Mitrovica South, Mitrovica North, Zubin Potok, Zvecan, Skenderaj/Srbica and Vushtrri/Vucitrn.
Related Sustainable Development Goals
Donors and partners
UN-Habitat is supporting efficient and transparent management of central and local governments through capacity strengthening, conflict-sensitive planning and on-the-job assistance& increasing the participation of communities, incl. inter-ethnic interactions. This is helping to institutionalize planning standards and processes and strengthen inter-municipal, vertical and horizontal coordination and cooperation between institutions and sectors/ issues. Partner municipalities are being supported through in-house project development and local-tailored methodologies and tools, aiming to further enhance the local planning capacities and integration prospects. Through the partnership with PAX and Community Building Mitrovica, empowering and bringing in the civil society and communities, incl. through grant schemes, contribute to develop more responsive solutions, policies and plans.