Engendering forced migration, socio-political transition and mental health in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo

The overall project’s objective is to study the complex linkages between forced migration (displacement), experiences of inter-ethnic war violence and mental health among female forced migrants in the three countries

Specific project’s objectives:

  • To research psychosocial health of women forced migrants, including both weaknesses and strengths of their psychosocial functioning;
  • To identify the resources of centres for social work, mental health centres, NGOs and other agencies involved in the provision of psychosocial services;
  • To make a regional comparative analysis regarding the state of psychosocial health among the women forced migrants and in regards to relevant institutional/organisational resources and capacities;
  • To produce policy recommendations related to development of the best practices in the psychosocial support provision to forced migrants.

Activities:

  • Research work, including: A. the psychometric survey on a sample of 250 persons (125 men and 125 women) with the forced displacement background; B. ethnographic fieldwork involving participatory observation during the three weeks within particular refugee/IDP community; C. the life-history interviews with selected number of female forced migrants (being the psychometric survey follow up); and D. focus group discussions with practitioners (NGO, migration, health and social workers) in geographical areas where the most respondents are located;
  • Analysis of empirical (research) data at national and regional (comparative) level, including workshops and discussion, application of appropriate analytical tools, trans-national consultations, and research reports writing;
  • Publication of a book, comprising of the national research reports and a comparative study, as well as the policy brief on the practice of psychosocial service provision, with the focus on gaps and good practices;
  • Dissemination of results: conference, distribution of publications, PR in media, etc.

Target groups: Female forced migrants, psychosocial support practitioners, decision makers in the mental health and migration policy areas

Implementation period: September 2014 – August 2016

Geographical area: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo

Partners: Foundation for Women’s Empowerment (FWE) (Bosnia and Herzegovina) [leading partner]; Balkan Policy Institute (IPOL) (Kosovo)

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Donor: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Regional Research Promotion Programme Western Balkans (RRPP), University of Fribourg

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