Income: Food Security & Markets
Our goal is to sustainably improve the living conditions and income generation abilities of farmers in eight municipalities of Kosovo. We aim to offer alternatives to migration by promoting favourable economic development conditions.
Caritas Switzerland seeks to improve integrated natural resource and farm management. We promote the application of European Union regulations and standards in agriculture, such as Integrated Production (IP) and organic production and support the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD) in the draft of the National Organic Action Plan (NOAP). We also facilitate regular exchanges between relevant stakeholders of the value chain.
We endorse innovative agricultural methods, which improve soil fertility and health. In addition, we were instrumental in the establishment of the Red Gold agricultural cooperative, and the first berry nursery for locally produced, high quality seedlings. Furthermore, we facilitate the project in minority populated areas, with a special focus on the socio-economic empowerment of women and minority groups.
We advocate for institutional support of small farmers and help them understand their role in the value chain. We also provide fair access to local and international markets, thus enhancing their production, sales, and income.
Income: Preschool Education
Caritas Switzerland’s goal is to improve the access of children in Kosovo to preschool education and higher quality teaching which meets modern, internationally recognised standards. We place emphasis on policy dialogue with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), advocating for the introduction of innovative teaching methods to national strategies/policies, and the implementation of mandatory preschooling nationwide.
Through the Kosovo Pedagogical Institute (KPI), we provide certified training modules for preschool teachers Kosovo-wide. This includes promoting the development of the new preschool education training modules that are recognised and applied by Kosovar institutions. In addition, we equip preschool classrooms with modern adequate furniture and toys. Finally, we organise awareness raising initiatives on early childhood education.
We support the social inclusion of marginalised children by increasing their participation in quality education, particularly the development of human resources capacity in this field.
Migration: Support to Repatriated Persons
Caritas Switzerland aims to pursue a long-term programme in order to ensure a systemic and sustained approach to the reintegration of returnees and repatriated persons in Kosovo. We lobby with representatives of national and local authorities to channel their resources for the implementation of the National Strategy for Reintegration and support them through capacity building.
Our goal is to create sustainable conditions for repatriated persons and to provide alternatives to migration. This programme includes support in economic reintegration (on-the-job training, vocational education, and start-up grants) as well as psychosocial counselling and legal advice.