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Social Assistance in Kosovo – does it make a difference?

July 15, 2009


I am now in a sunny and hot Prishtina for our final mission within the project for UNICEF Kosovo. Over the last 6 months, we have conducted a policy evaluation and impact analysis and impact analysis of social assistance cash transfers in Kosovo. As this project was commissioned by UNICEF, our main focus was on children. We used both quantitative and qualitative information as the basis for our analysis, providing a comprehensive and in-depth view into te social assistance scheme and how it relates to children.

The quantitative data used was two-fold. On the hand, we worked with administrative data that the ministries provided. On the other hand, we used the household budget survey to compose a poverty profile, consider coverage and leakage of the social assistance scheme and simulate alternative schemes. The qualitative data for the study  had to be collected especially for the purposes of this study. Together with a local consultancy team, we developed the research design and moderator guides. On the basis of the research design, focus group discussions with social assistance recipients and non-recipients were  conducted. In-depth interviews were also held with employees of the Centres for Social Welfare, which administer the social assistance scheme.

The collection of qualitative information by means of interviews and focus group discussions was conducted in April and below are some pictures.

Focus group discussion       Filling in questionnaire with participants







Inviting participants for the FGD








Draft results were presented today to representatives of the various ministries, statistical office and international  organizations. The main findings included the large exclusion error of the social assistance scheme, the good targetintg performance and feelings of frustration with recipients and non-recipients of social assistance concerning the rigid eligibility criteria. Comments from the audience will be processes in order to deliver the final draft of our study. And hopefully this provides meaningful input into the reconsideration of the social assistance scheme and possible amendments. After all, we’re not just conducting these studies for the mere sake of conducting studies…

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jerry permalink
    July 25, 2009 1:02 pm

    I didn’t know you had a blog until just now…very cool stuff.

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