KWN - Further Advancing Women's Rights in Kosovo

Contract partner: KWN - Kosovo Women’s NetworkCountry: Kosovo Funding amount: € 500.000,00Project start: 01.01.2018End: 28.02.2021

Short Description:

Overall goal

The anticipated impact of this action is that women’s and girls’ rights and interests are further supported, protected and promoted throughout Kosovo. This will contribute to furthering gender equality, thereby improving the lives of women and men.

Expected results

The action’s foreseen outcome is that women-led civil society organizations (WCSOs), the Kosovo Lobby for Gender Equality (KLGE), officials, and development partners will have improved capacities to support, protect and promote women’s and girls’ rights and interests. The expected outputs include: 1) capacity development interventions delivered for WCSOs and KLGE; 2) outreach undertaken towards addressing gender-based violence (GBV); and 3) gender better mainstreamed in development partners’ programs.

Target group / Beneficiaries

Target groups include KLGE and its members, approximately 800 diverse women in politics, civil society, Gender Equality Officers (GEOs), and men; 125 KWN member WCSOs of diverse ethnicities, ages, abilities, and geographic areas; officials in all institutions dealing with GBV; at least 7,800 women benefitting from advocacy; development partners; and women and men in Kosovo, more broadly.


Activities will include to: distribute transparently sub-grants to diverse WCSOs, enabling ‘learning by doing’; provide tailored mentoring for WCSOs, KLGE and development partners; facilitate networking; advocate implementation of gender equality and GBV legal frameworks; organize awareness campaigns on GBV; monitor GBV court cases; finance strategic litigation; research GBV; and coach development partners.


KWN seeks to continue its positive cooperation with the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), building on prior results, best practices and lessons learned. The action will contribute to achieving ADA’s strategic objectives, including conflict prevention, reducing inequalities, furthering gender equality, promoting good governance and human rights. It will support implementation of the EU ‘Gender Action Plan II’; Sustainable Development Goals; ADA Kosovo Country Strategy 2013-2020 (human security, peace, rule of law, democratic institutions and good governance); KWN vision, mission and strategic objectives; and Kosovo’s policy framework, especially related to gender equality and GBV.

project number8299-00/2018
source of fundingOEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Gender: 2, Democracy: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.