International Development written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Joan Ruddock Joan Ruddock Labour, Lewisham, Deptford

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the UK has given to democracy-building measures in Kosovo, including training of local and national legislators; what the budget was for that support; and what proportion of that budget was allocated to support for women.

Mr. Gareth Thomas:

DFID has provided the following funding to democracy-building measures in Kosovo:

Project Year Amount (£)
1. Support for domestic election observers—Local elections 2000 110,000
2. Support for domestic election observers—General Election 2001 163,584
3. Support to Kosovo Criminal Defence and Resource Centre (promoting human rights) 2001–02 93,000
4. International Foundation for Election Systems—Civic and Voter Education Outreach Programme 2001–02 349,749
5. International Foundation for Election Systems—Electoral Assistance and Civic Participation Programme 2002–03 249,899

In addition, the FCO has provided the following assistance under the Western Balkans Global Conflict Prevention Pool, which is a joint strategy between DFID, the FCO, and MoD:

Project Fund Amount (£) Description
1. KOCB (Kosovo Organised Crime Bureau, UNMIK) GCPP (Organised Crime [OC]) 215,000 Law and order
2. Plemetina Community Centre GCPP (Democracy and Interethnic Relations [DIER]) 51,561 Reduction of inter-ethnic tension, confidence building and greater

co-operation between ethnic groups in Plemetina community.

3. KOCB GCPP (OC) 532,000 Law and order
4. IFES-Local Participation and Governance Programme GCPP (DIER) 133,190 Community development and bringing citizens closer to municipalities
5. Open Eyes-Documentary Training Through Production GCPP (DIER) 100,961 Building bridges of divided communities, portraying diversity in this region.
6. Forum—Customs Monitoring Kosovo GCPP 100,000 Creation of an anti-crime and

anti-corruption coalition involving structures, Kosovo governing institutions, UNMIK Customs Service, civil society organisations, the main printed and electronic media in Kosovo, to fight trafficking.

7. KACI Civil Bridges GCPP (DIER) 117,684 Monitoring of municipal assemblies, and promotion of active and well-informed citizenship.
8. Podgorce Returns GCPP (DIER) 296,960 Stabilisation and Integration for Returnees to Podgorce
9. IFES-Human Rights and Good Governance GCPP (DIER) 345,380 Building NGOs capacities, working with elected officials and civil servants, training on human rights, transparency, anti-corruption, and advocacy.
10. Resolution for Kosovo Politicians GCPP (DIER) 81,700 Five day conflict resolution course for Kosovo politicians.
11. Stabilisation of minorities and returns through Micro-credit GCPP (DIER) and GOFRE 360,000 Promotion of sustainable reintegration of minorities and returns to Kosovo by enhancing their participation in the mainstream economy, through skills development and the provision of business mentoring, training and


The bulk of the UK's assistance to the region is contributed through the European Union's Community Assistance for Reconstruction, Development and Stabilisation (CARDS) programme. The UK contributes approximately 19 per cent. of CARDS funding which provided €291.18 million to Kosovo in the years 2002–04. The European Commission has funded democracy related projects in Kosovo including:

Project Year Amount

(€ million)

1. Support to the assembly of Kosovo 2003–05 2 million
2. Building institutional capacity of Civil Society organisations to include those representing different ethnic communities 2004–05 1 million

None of these projects had specific allocations for women, although women have benefited from many of the activities.

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