USAID’s Property Rights Program (PRP) is a four-year activity that aims to address the property rights challenges and to develop a plan for the stabilization of the property rights regime in Kosovo. The program will work in partnership with the Government of Kosovo (GOK), selected municipalities and other relevant local and international stakeholders. USAID has allocated $8.5 million for the implementation of the Property Rights Program.
This Quarter saw PRP advance its initiatives significantly under all four Objectives. Under Objective 1, PRP has continued to support the timely development of legislation to implement the NSPR and assist the GoK in tracking its implementation. Under Objective 2, all three Courts of Merit (CoMs) have taken steps to institutionalize the Caseflow Management (CFM) reforms introduced by PRP, which have resulted in greater efficiency and improved court performance in adjudicating property rights cases. PRP has advanced its initiative with the Supreme Court to produce guidelines for lower courts to improve their substantive practice in property rights law; and its joint publication with USAID JSSP on civil practice. Under Objective 3, PRP continued its public outreach on women’s equal property rights with a range of activities. Under Objective 4, PRP has moved forward a number of initiatives that are designed to improve municipal governments’ services to their citizens. In addition, PRP has produced and distributed two publications that will help bring Kosovo’s property rights regime into line with best international standards and practices: summaries in Albanian and Serbian of 144 key decisions of the European Court of Human Rights that concern property rights; and an Albanian translation of European valuation standards.