Support for IDPs in Serbia – Consolidated Report and Programme Strategy

This paper is the main output of a project to develop a programme strategy to address the needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Serbia. The project, commissioned by UNHCR, had three phases. It first looked at the current situation of IDPs in Serbia, based primarily on existing sources and supplemented by qualitative research. The situation analysis formed the baseline for discussions on programming, and provided in-depth analysis of the current situation and challenges relevant for planning future actions.

The second phase examined the support provided for IDPs so far, explored the impact and sustainability of this assistance, and the extent to which the assistance was efficient, effective and relevant to their needs.

Both the assessment of the current situation and the assessment of support then fed into the development of a programme strategy. This is essentially a set of prioritised proposals for both programme actions and policy actions that could be taken by the Government of Serbia, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, and international donors. Taken together, these proposals are intended to form a coherent and comprehensive programme of action that would substantially improve the situation of IDPs from Kosovo.

This paper puts forward the view that a coherent set of actions at both programme and policy levels could, in ten years’ time, lead to a situation in which there will be no substantive differences in the living standards of

IDPs and the majority population – regardless of whether they decide to stay in their place of displacement or return to Kosovo.

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