RYCO and UNDP Are Looking for Research Company

WESTERN BALKANS – Within the project “Supporting the Western Balkans collective leadership on reconciliation: building capacity and momentum for the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO)”, UNDP is implementing an activity that seeks to address the deficit in the evidence-base on youth’s perceptions about peace and conflict issues in the Western Balkans. The activity is centered around a regional study on youth perceptions, through a survey co-designed and engaging young women and men from diverse backgrounds across the Western Balkans, complemented with qualitative data collection; leading to advocacy to influence public and political discourse on youth’s role in sustaining peace.

Therefore, UNDP is launching a request for proposals on quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis on youth perceptions on peace and security in the Western Balkans.

The overall objective of the assignment is to prepare and field a quantitative survey and qualitative focus group discussions in the Western Balkan 6 (WB6): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, and to make the results available in the form of electronic data sets ready for use by analysts. The data to be collected, based on the questionnaires (developed by UNDP and a task force), will provide information on how young women and men (aged 15–29) experience their circumstances and act upon them, how they define and view issues of security, safety, violence, conflict, reconciliation, and peace, and what their views, aspirations and priorities for the future are. Quantitative data is to be complemented by qualitative research elements (focus group discussions) in the WB6 towards the end of and/or after the roll-out of the survey, to fill in data gaps, focus on specific groups of youth or explore explanations for initial findings.

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*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence

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