USAID’s Young Entrepreneurs Program provides tangible micro and small business development support to Kosovo’s new and emerging entrepreneurs, ages 18-35. The Young Entrepreneurs Program recognizes that young entrepreneurs need more than mere training—they need capital and real-time support during the critical early business start-up period. To achieve this, the program provides business start-up matching grants and financing options with practical business training and sustained, hands-on coaching services for fledgling enterprises.
The Political Processes and Parties Support Program provides support to all political parties to establish internal organization, contest elections, respond to constituents, and develop policies. Importantly, Kosovo’s minority groups, including the Serbian community, have political party representation at the local level. Yet challenges remain. Parties struggle to articulate a vision and ideological tenets. Systemic challenges include election reform and strengthened party regulation to stabilize political life in Kosovo.
USAID’s Democratic Effective Municipalities Initiative (DEMI) assists municipal governments and officials to refine their skills, increases transparency, and improves cooperation with citizens.
The program’s goals are accomplished through empowering municipal administration and assemblies, increasing citizens’ engagement on issues that directly affect them, improving municipal service
delivery, providing coaching and on-the-job training in public management, and awarding grants to communities for public infrastructure improvements.
Since 2002, USAID, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has continuously supported the Kosovo Early Warning System (EWS) as an essential analytical tool for international reconstruction and stabilization efforts in Kosovo.
Kosovo Prosecutorial Council
The Community Action Initiative Program (CAIP) supports 30 non-majority communities north of the Ibar River and 10 in the south to improve quality of life and develop the confidence that residents have a viable future in Kosovo. The program’s three target areas include:
USAID, through its four-year New Opportunities for Agriculture (NOA) Program focuses primarily on recommendations proposed in Kosovo’s Agriculture Strategy 2010, including the following:
Creating Market linkages
The activity connects farmers to identified markets for targeted products via processors, traders, exporters or farmers’ organizations.
A capable and well-regulated legal profession is essential to strengthening the Rule of Law in Kosovo. With the completion of the appointment process for judges and prosecutors, the passage of key laws governing the judiciary, and the restructuring of the courts, Kosovo must now raise the bar for the legal profession by enforcing standards for ethics and discipline, and preparing the legal workforce for the needs of the future. Beginning in 2012, USAID’s Kosovo Legal Profession Program took a new approach to the development of the legal system.
Last updated: June 11, 2013