Human Security in Kosovo: A Survey of Perceptions
|Title||Human Security in Kosovo: A Survey of Perceptions|
|Subtitle / Series Title||Report by the Forum for Civic Initiatives and Saferworld|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Number of Pages||42 pp.|
|Publisher||Forum for Civic Initiatives and Saferworld|
As the debate on Kosovo\'s future status reaches a crucial point, ensuring future stability and security is fundamental. This report by the Forum for Civic Initiatives and Saferworld investigates perceptions of security, community safety and the prevalence of small arms in Kosovo and analyses how different factors, including income, age, ethnicity, gender and location, affect perceptions of security and community safety. The majority of people surveyed believe that the unresolved status of Kosovo could lead to another conflict; however the picture varies across society. Younger people tend to be more positive about conflict resolution by peaceful means than the older generation, and are also more likely to cite unemployment as a key driver of potential conflict. Fear of crime and trust in security providers are linked with perceptions of safety and security, socio-economic factors also play a major role in defining how secure people feel. In the long term, particularly once Kosovo\'s future status has been decided, job creation and poverty reduction will be key to promoting future stability and security.