The Community Action Initiative Program (CAIP) supports 30 non-majority communities north of the Ibar River and 10 in the south to improve quality of life and develop the confidence that residents have a viable future in Kosovo. The program’s three target areas include:
Community Development: This component works with communities to institute effective models for participatory decision-making. The program assisted target communities to develop Community Development Forums (CDFs). CAIP funded several of the projects identified through the CDFs, and members are receiving trainings on best practices for identifying, prioritizing, implementing, and monitoring community identified projects.
Economic Development: This component increases economic opportunities for target communities, including strengthening
regional and national business linkages between non-majority and majority markets and providing grants to support increased production and job creation.
Civil Society: This component works with non-majority civil society organizations (CSOs) and networks to address issues that are important to them.
· Established the Regional Community Resource Center (RCRC) in Mitrovica North, which has received over 1,000
visitors in the last year
· 40 Community Development Forums created—10 in the south and 30 north of the Ibar River—with 247 members
· 36 small community support projects implemented
· 14 community infrastructure projects completed
· 2 business workshops organized with over 40 business people from south and north of Kosovo
· 10 local businesses supported with business grants
· 10 cash-for-work projects completed, providing short-term employment for 238 people
· 20 new CSO initiatives launched
Project Duration: July 2011 – July 2014
USAID Contact: Lejla Kolenovic
Implementing Partner: Mercy Corps
Last updated: June 05, 2013