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James Hope Sworn In As Mission Director for Kosovo
November 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 12, 2014 - James “Jim” Hope was sworn in today as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Mission Director for Kosovo. USAID Deputy Administrator Ambassador Alfonso E. Lenhardt administered the oath.

As Mission Director for Kosovo, Mr. Hope will be responsible for managing USAID’s program supporting Kosovo’s efforts to strengthen democratic practices and institutions and increase economic growth. USAID was one of the first international donors on the ground in the immediate aftermath of the war in 1999, and remains one of Kosovo’s biggest financial backers. Mr. Hope will oversee USAID’s portion of that assistance.

U.S. Charge d’Affaires (center, right)) Kelly Degnan admires exhibits at the local governance conference in Pristina.
March 20, 2013

U.S. Charge d’Affaires Kelly Degnan addressed a conference in Pristina this week (March 20) on the importance of local government in investment and promotion and retention of businesses. The purpose of the conference, sponsored by USAID, the Ministry of Local Government Administration and the Investment Agency of Kosovo, was to establish closer coordination among the national government, agencies and local government in attracting investors. The Charge’ told the participants that all levels of government will have to work together to address the challenges to economic growth in Kosovo.

Tourism Albania Fair 2012 in Tirana, featuring some 300 exhibitors from Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia.
March 19, 2013

A hospitality industry association supported by USAID is now functioning independently and has emerged as a major promoter of Kosovo as a tourist destination. The Kosovo Alternative Tourism Association (KATA) was founded in 2010 by a small group of hotel and travel agency owners as an alternative to the country’s national tourism association. USAID through its Kosovo Private Enterprise program assisted the nascent organization by sending the group to neighboring countries to learn more about best practices in alternative tourism.

Ms. Gezime Rexhepi, Owner of Bardha Kindergarten, addresses the gathering, 3/8/13.
March 8, 2013

On a day dedicated to women everywhere, approximately 50 of Kosovo’s most accomplished women entrepreneurs gathered to share stories of their successes, as well as the challenges they still face.

The March 8 International Women’s Day networking event highlighted the significant contributions women have made in the development of Kosovo’s economy, including in the arts, agriculture, education, and manufacturing.

Sharing a moment with grant recipient of the USAID award
March 1, 2013

On March 1, 2013, the Innovation Center Kosovo (ICK) recognized six startup companies for their innovative ideas in businesses. The awardees include an internet service provider, a developer of educational software for kids, and a developer of videogames for the Facebook, iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms.

English speaking students from American School of Kosovas and their teacher during bookmaking activity.
February 28, 2013

Children of all ethnicities in Kosovo joined in Prizren on February 21 to celebrate International Mother Language. The children participated in a bookmaking workshop organized under the auspices of USAID's Basic Education Program. Six different native languages were represented.

The bookmaking activity aimed to promote creativity and an enhanced interest in literacy among primary school children by demonstrating a number of bookbinding techniques, including “pop-up” books. Students created books and filled them with their own illustrations and text in their native tongues.

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Last updated: November 12, 2014

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