Together with our partners we are working on daily basis to achieve our Vision, which is united and clear: Inclusive society where all vulnerable groups are actively participating in the all sphere of society.
Mission of COD Kosovo is to work on and support capacity building of local actors in Kosovo, during times of transition towards EU, in order to make all vulnerable groups, with a special focus on people with disabilities, women and youth enjoying their human rights, fundamental rights and equal opportunities.
From the very beginning we have worked to ensure that the most vulnerable groups in our society are at the center of development programs and actively participating in all segments from grassroots level through national, regional and European levels. Our work starts with tackling discrimination at all levels: in homes, neighborhoods, social and health services, and laws. Our current strategy started in 2013 for period of five years and COD Kosovo team will continue with implementation of new strategy for period 2018 – 2022. And in our current strategy, we’ve challenged ourselves to use our experience to go deeper into difficultand hard of reach places, to reach out to the most isolated, such as persons with different types of disabilities, women, youth, IDPs, refugees, and sexual minorities.
On this web page, we have described just some of our work, as pages and pages could be written and again there would not be enough space to capture all what we have done up to date.
Societal attitudes can and do change. Global shifts in tackling human rights, disability, HIV/AIDS and gender challenges do happen. COD Kosovo team with its partners will continue to tackle those issues and actively support those processes contributing to the positive changes at local, regional, national and European levels.
COD Kosovo team members are jointly contributing to the development processes with its’ partner, supporters and other stakeholders towards building of an inclusive society where all vulnerable groups are enjoying their rights and freedoms. COD Kosovo has structured all interventions around three strategic goals, as following:
GOAL 1: Support to the enjoyment of human rights by all vulnerable groups and contribution to the diminishing of discrimination
GOAL 2: Support to the development processes with focus on the local level and minority communities in Kosovo
GOAL 3: Support to the sustainable and innovative social services for persons with disabilities
COD Kosovo team is created from permanent staff and external consultants. COD Kosovo team has wide range of expertise in the development field, but also in the emergencies and post emergencies responses. COD Kosovo has divided its’ key fields of expertize as following:
• Socio – Economic Development – for more info click HERE
• Human Rights – for more info click HERE
• Disability – for more info click HERE
• HIV/AIDS – for more info click HERE
• Social Services – for more info click HERE
We always design for scale. When we commit resources to projects, we ask ourselves how many more people we can reach with this approach. When we invest we look for two things: to prove what projects can work in difficult circumstances and environments, and we are investing in innovations and piloting of new and innovative approaches.
COD Kosovois works closely with civil society, social, health and academic sectors, local and national authorities. Our work is supported by institutional donors, such as Ministry for Community and Return, EU, USAID, US Office, Austrian Development Agency, ATRC, but also by individual donors and private companies.
Our true expertise is built on the ground, working together with the most vulnerable members of our society, and jointly with them developing the programs, testing them and proving what works. All our programs are always designed for scaling up. From very initial phase of planning of new projects and programs, we are asking ourselves if we have collected right information and how many more people we can reach with the proposed approach. COD Kosovoultimate goal when designing the programs is to prove that projects can work in difficult circumstances, and to prove that these projects can be built up and extended ensuring sustainability when it is needed from very initial stages.
Today, we have the tools to reduce and diminish discrimination, and to contribute to the enjoyment of human rights by most vulnerable members of our society. In certain groups the scale of the discrimination is actually growing, due to a lack of access to tools and services, driven by stigma and discrimination. COD Kosovo team has identified persons with disabilities as society group that face discrimination and violation of their basic rights on daily basis. Together with other vulnerable groups, persons with disabilities are marginalized and isolated by their own governments, community members and families.
There is a need to adopt a twin track approach within the change process which has to include long-term reform, inclusion and mainstreaming of disability, HIV/AIDS, gender and youth issues. Special programs and services that will ensure the sustainable livelihood and conditions for people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups to live with dignity during and after the transition should be developed.In order to contribute to the sustainable processes of diminishing discrimination, enjoyment of human rights and contributing to the brake of the cycle of poverty faced by the most vulnerable in the society, COD Kosovo team has adopted and is using Twin – Track approach in our planning and programming. It means the building an enabling and sustainable system is a long-term and resource consuming process. Achieving equal opportunities to participate in all sectors of society for most vulnerable will require many systemic changes. Meanwhile, people with disabilities are among those who suffer the most from the dismantling of the state social welfare system and they experience discrimination and social exclusion daily.
Therefore, COD Kosovo team has adopted a twin track approach as a way of operating the change process towards an enabling system, so that during the transition, action is taken to meet the needs of most vulnerable, with specific focus on the people with disabilities and promote immediate changes. While everything should be done to create an enabling society, affirmative action, special services and anti-discrimination legislation are still required to address the specific problems that most vulnerable people from our society faces on a daily basis. It is a two-pronged strategy consisting of direct intervention with most vulnerable people along with inclusion of disability, HIV/AIDS, gender and youth issues in overall policy-making.