Kosovo is one of the poorest countries in Europe; since declaring independence in 2008, however, its uncertain political status still precludes development of the country. Widespread corruption, organised crime and ineffective state administration have a negative impact on Kosovo’s image in the world and therefore also on the potential influx of investment. Industry is not developed in the country and agriculture only to a small extent. Previously developed commerce is complicated by strained relations with Serbia, which does not recognise Kosovo’s independence. At present, over a third of Kosovo’s inhabitants are unemployed.
People in Need’s activities in Kosovo have a long tradition. The organisation came to the region during the armed conflict in 1998 and provided humanitarian aid to refugees and people affected by the war. During that time, the SOS Kosovo collection campaign also took place in the Czech Republic and awakened great interest among the public. After the end of armed clashes, People in Need focused mainly on the reconstruction schools and health facilities in Kosovo. In 2002, we suspended our activities in Kosovo, but returned to the country eight years later.
Today, PIN’s activities aim at supporting the most vulnerable groups of society. As such, PIN works with organisations for the blind and deaf, supports people with disabilities and promotes inclusive education for children from minorities. Since 2017, PIN has also embarked on an initiative to empower youth through human rights education. The learning methodology involves using documentary movies and other audio-visual means as a means to teach and raise awareness about human rights.