Roma Youth Employment

Promoting Decent Work Opportunities for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Youth in Kosovo

The project will assist the public institutions and the social partners to implement the Strategy and Action Plan for Inclusion of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo society. The aim is to increase their capacity and the capacity of RAE communities themselves to implement effective gender-sensitive strategies to promote decent work for RAE youth.

Conditions for members of minority groups are particularly challenging in Kosovo, especially for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian men and women. Their disadvantaged position is reflected in social and economic indicators: a large number of RAE live in poor housing conditions, have little access to healthcare, education, skills training and decent work. Many of them face direct or indirect discrimination.

The Kosovar authorities have expressed their commitment to address discrimination, and promote equality for RAE communities, as reflected in the Strategy and Action Plan for Inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Communities in Kosovo Society, 2017-2021, the second phase of a strategy launched originally in 2009.

The project will assist public institutions and the social partners to implement the Strategy, by increasing their capacity, and the capacity of members of the RAE communities themselves, to implement effective gender sensitive strategies to promote decent work for RAE youth. The project contributes to the effective application of international labour standards, notably the Conventions related to equality and non-discrimination (Conventions no. 100 and 111), child labour (Conventions no. 138 and 182), and employment policy (Convention no 122).* The project also contributes to advancing the ILO’s Global Initiative for Decent Jobs for Youth and to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), most notably SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), and SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls). However, those listed above have been integrated into Kosovo’s labour laws.  Finally, the project sits under the Common Development Plan 2016-2020 of the UN Kosovo Team, contributing directly to Outcome 2.1 of the Plan: Education and employment policies and programmes enable greater access to decent employment opportunities for youth and women.

The expected project outputs are i) public institutions, the social partners and members of the RAE community build their knowledge in promoting employment, equality and non-discrimination. ii) The knowledge base on employment challenges of young RAE women and men in Kosovo is built and municipal action plans to overcome these challenges are developed. iii) Summary of experiences and lessons learnt from ILO projects on Roma youth in Kosovo is shared with public institutions, the social partners and members of the Roma community in Montenegro, Moldova and Hungary.









* Kosovo is not a member State of the ILO and cannot therefore ratify Conventions