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Analyzing the impact of cash transfers on children for UNICEF Kosovo

November 24, 2008

 

Two weeks ago we started a new project with UNICEF in Kosovo. Like the project in Vietnam and a previous project in Moldova, it is related to child poverty but goes beyond that and involves an impact analysis of the social cash transfer system of Kosovo. Like the prevous projects in Vietnam and Moldova, it is related to child poverty but also goes beyond that as we are going to undertake an impact analysis of the social cash transfer system on children. My colleague Franziska and I went on a one-week inception mission to be introduced to the counterparts and learn about the Kosova situation. It was a very interesting visit as the situation in Kosovo is quite different from the countries I have worked in so far. The war was less than 10 years ago and still in everyone’s mind and there is still a lot of tension between the Albanian and Serbian Kosovars. To get a better understanding of this situation, the tensions that still exist and, especially in relation to social protection, the parallel system in North Kosovo, we visited Mitrovica. Crossing the well-known bridge, dividing the north and south side of the city and thereby the Albanian and Serbian Kosovars, was easy for us when accompanied by UNICEF but not for the local population. The two parts of the country are still very divided, bringing all kinds of problems along also with respect to social protection. One of the issues that we will have to address in our study is the parallel system in North Kosovo, meaning that poor Serbian Kosovars receive social assistance twice. Once from the Kosovo government and once from the Serbian government. This will be quite a challenge but also a very exciting exercise as we will use existing quantitative data but also collect our own qualitative data using focus groups. The next mission is planned in January for the training of focus group moderators and follow-up activities.

There are some pictures from the week in Kosovo in the UNICEF folder.

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