The DEED project is an innovative initiative for enabling the Kosovo diaspora to take a more active role as development agents in their communities of origin. The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and implemented jointly with the United Nations Development Programme in Kosovo.

The project consists of three main components that aim to achieve:
  1. An increased gender-sensitive access and literacy of remittance receiving households in Kosovo to financial services in order to promote the accumulation of local savings and investment;
  2. Models and mechanisms that facilitate migrants' investment and savings in Kosovo are identified and piloted;
  3. Evidence-based policies created by Kosovo authorities who have improved capacity to produce and manage information related to migration and development, including gender disaggregated data
Each component targets different beneficiaries: the first focuses on remittance-receiving households whereas the second targets members of the Kosovo diaspora and Kosovar migrants. The third targets mainly Kosovo authorities who benefit from the first two outcomes as well.
IOM is involved in the implementation of activities under the second and third components delineated above. These activities include assessment and feasibility studies for models that enable migrant investment in Kosovo as well as technical support to the Ministry of Diaspora (MoD).
The DEED project has organized focus group meetings in 6 of the primary destination countries of the Kosovar diaspora through cooperation with diaspora partners in each country. In total 100 members of the Kosovar diaspora had an opportunity to voice their opinions about investing in Kosovo. The table below outlines the participation in these meetings:
The DEED project is an innovative initiative for enabling the Kosovo diaspora to take an active and effective role as development agents in their communities of origin. The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and implemented jointly by the United Nations Development Programme in Kosovo and International Organization for Migration mission in Kosovo.
Diaspora Engagement in Economic Development
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DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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Complementarily, 78 questionnaires were collected from the participants of the focus groups. Some initial findings from the data collected through the questionnaires are included below:























Achievements to date of DEED project:
  • Feasibility study on financial products completed and presented to BAK;
  • Public Conference Forum on investments and savings mechanisms to be organized on 13.6.2013 together with MoD.
  • Financial analysis of IGF completed and cooperation with USAID for testing of the concept established;
  • Two other mechanism for facilitating diaspora investments identified;
  • Research team for further feasibility studies recruited, including researchers from the diaspora.
  • First workshop for development of the National Strategy on Diaspora (NSD) organized on behalf of the MoD with 33 participants representing ten different ministries and governmental agencies, two NGOs, two media outlets, and two academic institutions;
  • Public consultations supported in 14 countries in Europe and North America with participation of over 900 members of the diaspora;
  • Virtual consultations with diaspora via MoD website facilitated;
  • First draft of the NSD completed with assistance of project supported consultant;
  • Drafting of a concept document for the creation of a Register of Diaspora was facilitated.
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Focus Group Meetings
Location
Date
Participants
Partner(s)
Malmö, Sweden
9th of October
17
Emigranti, Albanska
Turku, Finland
12th of October
13
Föreningars Union I Sverige
Vantaa, Finland
13th of October
8
Emigranti, Shoqata Shqiptare "Bashkimi" në Turku
Vienna, Austria
17th of October
7
Emigranti
Kosovo Embassy in Vienna
Wuppertal, Germany
27th of October
13
Integrative Deutsch-Albanische Gesellschaft (I-DE-AL)
Krefeld, Germany
28th of October
16
I-DE-AL
Bern, Switzerland
6th of December
16
Albinfo.ch
London, UK
4th of March
10
Kosovo Embassy in London