In order to contribute to its GOAL 2: Support to the development processes with focus on the local level and minority communities in Kosovo, COD Kosovois implementing different socio-economic programs. Socio-economic development is crosscutting issue. COD Kosovo through implementing its programs in the fields of education, employment and promotion of the rights of vulnerable groups in our society actively contributes to the sustainable socio-economic development.
Support to the development of accessible and inclusive economic programs focusing on the most vulnerable in the society are contributing to the increasing of the GDP growth and the standard of living of population.
Vocational trainings, startups, support to small and medium enterprises, and agro programs should include persons with disabilities, women and youth from minority areas. Programs should be tailor made, based on the needs and capabilities. For example, vocational training c enters should provide accessible programs and facilities. Saying accessible, they should be physical accessible for persons with physical disabilities, including accessible education facilities, accessible toilets, but also accessible transportation for the potential beneficiaries, in order to reach the training places. For deaf and hard of hearing persons, sign language translation service should be ensured. For blind and persons with low vision, electronic materials and tactile materials should be provided, based on the curriculum and education programs. Moreover, for persons with intellectual disabilities and autism, an “Easy to Read”materials should be prepared, and educational programs adapted to their needs.
Socio-economic development can be successful only with inclusion of all vulnerable groups and boosting of the private sector through set-up of a business-enabling environment.
COD Kosovo is focusing on the utilization, strengthening and development of skills and capacities of both, final beneficiaries and development agencies. Only in this way, using the “twin-track” approach we can contribute to the sustainable socio-economic development.
Global unemployment increased from 170 million in 2007 to nearly 202 million in 2012, of which about 75 million are young women and men (UN Sustainable Development Goal 8).
Nearly 2.2 billion people live below the US$2 poverty line and that poverty eradication is only possible through stable and well-paid jobs (UN Sustainable Development Goal 8).
470 million jobs are needed globally for new entrants to the labour market between 2016 and 2030 (UN Sustainable Development Goal 8).
There are approximately 785 to 975 million persons with disabilities (over age 15) in the world. In some countries they make up more than 15.6% of the population. Persons with disabilities are the world’s largest minority group (WHO World Report on Disability, 2011).
20% of the world’s poorest people have some kind of disability and tend to be regarded in their own communities as the most disadvantaged. Persons with disabilities are often the “poorest of the poor”. (World Bank, 2008)