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.


students trained and conducting traffic counting 3 times a day during 8 daysin support of developing the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan in divided urban center of Mitrovica.
NGOs funded through the Civil Society Catalytic Fund in support of youth employment, gender empowerment for participation in the decision-making and monitoring of urbanism departments with a focus on inter-ethnic interaction and citizen/ state dialogue.
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officials from 5 Municipalities trained and certified in ArcGIS in support of starting the development of Municipal Development Plans.

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Leaving no one and no place behind

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The programme extensively applies the human rights principle of participation and inclusion, accountability and the rule of law and transparency in support of plans and local policy development, and trust building between institutions and constituencies. Also, inter-municipal cooperation and pooling of resources for improved service delivery and living standards contribute to the right to an adequate standard of living. 

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The programme consistently promotes gender mainstreaming towards advancing gender equality and strives to include women and women’s perspectives in all dimensions of programme implementation, monitoring, and impact assessment. The programme’s implementation also builds on the findings of a dedicated gender analysis study that recommended to further build institutional and operational gender capacity building, strengthen gender mainstreaming capacity of local administration in spatial planning and development, raise awareness of men, and women’s living conditions and their empowerment.

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One of the goals of this programme is the inclusion of citizens in the local decision-making processes and to ensure that future planning processes at neighbourhood- and municipality-level are conflict-, gender- and youth-sensitive. Shaping strategies and services for the community of all ages is a onedriving factor for sustainable development. Therefore, the programme supports among others, NGO-driven research on youth entrepreneurship, an opportunity to promote a rights-based approach to youth entrepreneurship strategies as well as enhanced linkages between inter-ethnic groups of youth around a key common interest.

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Community input is important to the programme, so is the issue of disability especially when developing sustainable urban mobility plans in the programme’s municipalities. The programme offers inclusive solutions and encourages participation in the public discussion for the hard to reach groups to voice their concerns and offer their planning suggestions as a way for the local government to rehabilitate their needs.

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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.

Our Experts

Gwendoline Mennetrier
Programme Division, UN-Habitat Kosovo Office