UNICEF in Kosovo works to build the capacity of central and local institutions to legislate, plan and invest in social protection policies, programmes and services targeting the poorest and most marginalized children and families.
Significant shortcomings continue to limit the effectiveness of programmes meant to reduce poverty and provide social services to the most vulnerable children and families in Kosovo. Inequitable access to health, education and protection services, inadequate cash benefits and restrictive eligibility criteria for families disproportionally impact Kosovo's poorest and most marginalized groups.
Social services, which have been decentralized and are now administered at the municipal level, are mostly underfunded, are of low quality and are poorly integrated with other sectors.
Central budgets, allocated funds for social protection and salaries and training for the social welfare workforce are also inadequate and fall below regional levels.
UNICEF in Kosovo conducts research and promotes evidence-based policies and interventions to strengthen systems so more children can benefit from integrated social and child protection services.
We provide technical support to enhance legal and policy frameworks and ensure that social policies are sensitive and responsive to the needs of children.
UNICEF in Kosovo also works to translate policies into results on the ground by developing and piloting models that demonstrate the effectiveness of integrated, quality child protection services. We do this by providing technical support for planning, budgeting of child-related programs Kosovo-wide, combined with direct support for programme implementation in targeted municipalities to ensure the most marginalized children receive necessary services.