What we do


Child Well-being and Inclusive Education

Strengthening the Child Protection Systems

Adolescents, Youth Participation and Empowerment

Child Rights Monitoring

Advocacy and Communication for Social Change

UNICEF Zonal Office




The Kosovo Programme 2016-2020 focuses on ensuring that vulnerable and excluded children have similar opportunities as their peers in accessing accessible and friendly services and opportunities for their growth and development; strengthening the capacities of institutions at central and local level to develop and deliver quality services for children; and supporting children, adolescents, girls and boys, parents and communities to ask for their rights and participate in the development of their communities so that no child is left out.

Emphasis is put on closing equity gaps between the majority of the population and Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, addressing gender, urban and rural disparities and on issues affecting children with disabilities.

Municipal authorities are supported to become communities committed to fulfilling children’s rights, reflecting children’s rights in policies, laws, programmes and budgets, ensuring children are active agents and their voices and opinions are taken into consideration and influence decision making processes. Advancing social and behaviour change to improve outcomes for children, particularly the most excluded, is an important element of the current Programme.

UNICEF provides policy advice, technical assistance to support the major on-going reforms in education, health, nutrition, social protection, gender equality and other sectors through:

  • Providing technical assistance, policy advice, knowledge exchange/transfer and capacity development of Kosovo institutions both at central and local levels to translate the legislative and policy framework into equitable services for children, adolescents and youth.
  • Evidence generation, policy dialogue and advocacy to advance children rights, including collection and use of real-time sex disaggregated data.
  • Fostering enhanced, participatory accountability, planning, coordination and monitoring in the municipal governance systems to make municipalities more effective, efficient, and responsive, and creating an enabling environment that promotes accountability and positive social change at municipal level.
  • Communication for social change is used to address some of the behavioural patterns and social norms that affect realisation of children’s rights and investment in social mobilisation, media and community engagement towards challenging and/or changing harmful gender norms and practices.
  • Promotion of context-specific innovations and scaling-up some Technology for Development programme initiatives that address barriers associated with equitable service delivery for children, adolescents and youth with central level institutions and in selected municipalities.



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