Thanks to a scoping mission to Kosovo in June 2013, which included visits to Gracanicë/a and Mitrovicë/a, it was possible to better understand the displacement situation and recommend the most appropriate profiling model. This was followed by recommendations in terms of objectives, coordination and a methodology for a durable solutions profiling exercise. Two bodies were formed to guide the process:
- A profiling management group (PMG), made up of the Ministry of Communities and Returns (MCR), the Kosovo Agency for Statistics (KAS), the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration (SCRM), UNHCR and DRC- was established to oversee the exercise, including its day-to-day management, and to secure adequate resources.
- A profiling working group (PWG), composed of the PMG members plus the UN Development Programme (UNDP) the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
JIPS deployed a technical profiling coordinator – via our collaboration with Statistics Norway and NORCAP– to support the development of the methodology and tools.
Together with JIPS support, partners in both Pristina and Belgrade worked to consolidate existing population data of IDPs in Kosovo. Agreement on the population baseline was reached, and key elements of the methodology and tools were discussed. Due to the sensitivities of this work combined with its importance for achieving the overall objectives of the exercise, significant delays impacted the process at this stage. A durable solutions indicator matrix and a corresponding survey questionnaire were later developed. JIPS then supported partners in preparing for the fieldwork, which included training the trainers who went on to prepare the enumerators, team leaders and the data entry team.
The household survey was completed in November 2016, and preliminary findings were reviewed with the PMG. JIPS supported the organisation of an analysis workshop for the PWG and other interested stakeholders, where preliminary results were presented and discussed. The objectives for complementary qualitative data collection were also jointly defined.
The profiling report was finalised in January 2018, following an extensive consultation process with partners, and recommendations developed by profiling partners.