Ombudsperson Kosovo: Establishment of Field Office Gracanica/Gracanicë

Contract partner: OIK - Ombudsperson Institution in KosovoCountry: Serbien und Montenegro Funding amount: € 55.000,00Project start: 01.12.2004End: 31.12.2007

Short Description:

Overall goal

The Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo (OIK) was established by UNMIK Regulation 2000/38 of 30 June 2000 on the Establishment of the Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo and officially inaugurated in November 2000. Its aim is to enhance the protection of human rights in Kosovo and to assure transparency in Kosovo's administrations. The OIK is an independent institution that addresses disputes concerning alleged human rights violations or abuse of authority between individuals, groups of individuals or legal entities and the Interim Civil Administration. This mandate also covers the emerging central and local institutions of Kosovo.

Due to the growing importance of Gracanica/Gracanicë for the Serbian community in Kosovo, in particular after the violent events in March 2004, it is no longer enough to visit Gracanica/Gracanicë once a week. As the freedom of movement of Serbs in Kosovo continues to be severely limited, the only way to provide Serbs in central Kosovo with adequate access to the OIK is to establish a new field office in Gracanica/Gracanicë where one lawyer and one legal assistant/translator will be able to advise and assist individuals complaining against the international civil presence and the local institutions of self-government on a daily basis.

In order to realise this project, the Institution would need financial support to cover the expenses related to the construction and/or renovation of the office that the public authorities will provide to the OIK and the necessary costs for making the office operative (supplies, equipment and furniture).

project number8055-00/2004
source of fundingOEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
  • 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.