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Overview

The overall objective of the programme is to enhance the contribution of diaspora to poverty reduction in the short-term and to sustainable, gender equitable local economic development in the long-run through facilitating and encouraging investment and saving behaviour among migrants and remittance-receiving households.

 

Assistance Strategy

The expected programme result of DEED is that the Kosovo diaspora is empowered to play a greater role as development actors in their communities of origin in order to have a positive impact on their local economy and the livelihood of their residence.

The UNDP Kosovo Programme Action Paper defines as one of its priorities the fostering of an enabling environment for inclusive economic growth. Women entrepreneurship and the usage of remittances as an instrument of investment are mentioned as support mechanisms in order to promote inclusive growth. The DEED programme contributes to the first outcome of the UNDP Kosovo Programme Action Plan (2011-2015), by further developing investment modalities for remittances, by introducing banking products for transfer of remittances, by advancing entrepreneurship and employment opportunities among the remittance receiving households, and by facilitating trade initiatives between Kosovo and its diaspora.

By opening a joint programme, the UN Kosovo Team aims to upgrade the DEED project into a multi-partner intervention, with the support of the Multi Partner Trust Fund office to each implementing partner. This modality will make it easier for additional partners to join the intervention and the responsibility of financial and progress reporting will be divided equally between all partners – with the Administrative Agent having the coordinating role.

Other relevant stakeholders, not directly involved in this joint programme, include the MTI and IPAK, MLSW, EC, USAID, GIZ, SDC and other interventions active in the areas of diaspora engagement in socio-economic development of Kosovo.

While this project welcomes the significant contribution of remittances to the economy of Kosovo and especially to the support of less prosperous households, it addresses the need to shift away from a track where Kosovo economy becomes dependent on remittances in the long term. To leverage Kosovo’s long migration history to create sustainable economic development, the diaspora must be engaged as full development actors. This means enabling and facilitating the investment of wealth accrued abroad into projects and enterprises that have a direct multiplier effect in the Kosovo economy. As mentioned previously Kosovo migrants save up to 5.5 times as much money abroad as that which they remit, so the potential impact of migrants’ savings on the Kosovo economy is great. Even though for all the reasons previously mentioned the full potential of this money has not been realised, 25% of businesses surveyed in Kosovo reported having been started up with partial or complete funds generated from abroad[1] (either from their own work, work of their family members or both).  

 

Governance

Overall program oversight will be provided by the Programme Board, comprising of:

  • Representatives of the relevant line ministries ( Ministry of Diaspora, Ministry of Trade and Industries)
  • The Donor(s)
  • The Implementing Agencies

Each Participating Organisation will be responsible for specific programme outputs and activities agreed upon in the annual work plans under the joint implementation modality.

-The UNDP activities of the joint programme will be implemented by a Project Manager, who is responsible for the effective and efficient operational management of all program activities and resources (human, financial, physical/material assets, etc) in order to meet expected the respective results. The Project Manager will be supported by the project team and by the Administrative Assistant who will provide support to the effective and efficient functioning of the Joint Program at central and local level; provide administrative, procurement and logistical services; and maintenance and assets management and by the UNDP Kosovo Operations.

-The IOM project activities will be implemented by a Project Manager, who is responsible for the effective and efficient operational management of all program activities and resources (human, financial, physical / material assets, etc) in order to meet expected respective results. The Project Manager will be supported by a project team and by IOM Kosovo support staff including administrative, finance, and logistical staff.

In order to ensure effective coordination and smooth implementation of joint activities, the project staff will jointly develop the annual workplan delineating the division of responsibilities and tasks between implementing agencies.

Administrative Agent

The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) of the Joint Programme. The AA is responsible for concluding Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donors and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Participating UN Organisations.

 


[1]Forum for Democratic Initiatives. Diaspora as a driving force for development in Kosovo: Myth or Reality? 2009

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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 966,718  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) + 89  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) + 0  
Total source of funds   966,808
Transferred to Participating Organizations 1,014,206  
Refunds from Participating Organizations - 57,073  
Administrative Agent Fee + 9,667  
Direct Cost + 0  
Bank Charges + 1  
Total use of funds   - 966,801
Balance with Administrative Agent   6
As a percentage of deposits   0.0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 1,014,206  
Total resources   1,014,206
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 682,566  
Refunds from Participating Organizations + 57,073  
Total expenses   - 739,639
Balance with Participating Organizations   274,568
As a percentage of transfers   27.1%
Total Balance of Funds   274,574
As a percentage of deposits   28.4%
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