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U.S. Government Continues with its Commitment to Support Kosovo’s Development
September 15, 2014

Pristina, September 15 - USAID/Kosovo Acting Mission Director Chris Edwards and President of the Republic of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga today signed an amendment to the bilateral Development Objective Grant Agreement signed between the two governments in December 2013.

With this Amendment, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will obligate an additional $34,334,636 in funds to support a range of activities in Kosovo, including programs to support improved rule of law and governance, increased investment and private sector employment, and enhanced human capital.

This is the fourth amendment to the Agreement, which brings the total obligated amount to $75,328,664 in funding to support Kosovo’s development.

USAID, an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State, has provided economic and democracy and governance assistance worldwide for over 50 years. This year, USAID marks 15 years of partnering for positive change in Kosovo.

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Certificate of Merit for winners
January 20, 2012

The USAID/Basic Education Program (BEP) (http://bep-ks.org/) is using project based learning to reform teaching and learning in schools throughout Kosovo, and one of the teaching tools is a video competition. Over 30 schools submitted student-produced films for the competition, dubbed the “Junior Oscars”. ‘Best Films’ were selected in five categories: Best Story, Best Documentary, Best Film in Albanian, Best Film in English and Best Film by grades 1-5.

USAID’s Basic Education Program works with schools and communities to develop 21st century skills for children in primary school grades one through nine.

The Community Action Initiative Program (CAIP) supports 30 minority 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 administers two programs to improve the infrastructure and institutions in Kosovo responsible for the water sector. The Small Infrastructure for Water and Sanitation Program (SIWSK) helps five municipalities improve the quality of, and access to, potable water for 109,000 residents. Only 45 percent of residents in the municipalities of Pejë/Pec, Klinë/Klina, Malishevë/Malisevo, Gllogovc/Glogovac, and Lipjan have access to potable water, compared to the national average of 61 percent.  The program assists with the construction of water supply systems.  

The Crimson Finance Fund (CFF) increases access to a range of short-term working capital products for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in all sectors of the economy including farmers, women-owned businesses and minorities. The goal of the program is to expand assistance to the financial sector in order to address a gap in short-term working capital financing.

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Last updated: September 15, 2014

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