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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.

Nexhmije Ibishi (moderator) and speakers Linda Shala, Ola Syla, Bleta Zeqiri.
February 20, 2013

A monthly mixer has quickly become a must-attend event for young entrepreneurs seeking to build relationships, share knowledge and hear from experts (and live bands) in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere.

Incentive Fund award recipients
February 14, 2013

New playgrounds, sidewalks, and street lights… these are a just a few of the projects that municipalities can implement to improve the lives of local residents. USAID and the Ministry of Local Government Administration recognized outstanding municipal performance at a February 14th event in Pristina at which incentive awards were presented to eight municipalities, following a competitive process.

Ambassador Jacobson unveils a plaque commemorating DEMI’s park and sidewalk project
February 12, 2013

On Thursday, January 17, Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson visited two USAID projects as part of a day-long visit to the municipality of Vushtrri. In the morning, the Ambassador and USAID Mission Director Maureen A. Shauket met with Mayor Bajram Mulaku and unveiled a plaque inaugurating a new public green space and sidewalk along an area previously used as an illegal dumpsite. With support from USAID’s Democratic Effective Municipalities Program (http://www.demi-ks.org/?cid=2,1), the municipality identified the removal of the illegal landfill as a community priority, based on feedback received from residents. The USAID program, in cooperation with the municipality of Vushtrri, also has provided signs in high traffic areas, expansion of the green space and creation of a running path along the SItnica River, improvement of the green areas in Smerkovnice and Bukosh primary schools, and the creation of a playground adjacent to the park.

Rector Ibrahim Gashi (left) and USAID Mission Director Maureen A. Shauket (right) formalize an agreement to support improvements
January 31, 2013

USAID and the University of Prishtina signed a Memorandum of Understanding on January 22 under which the Agency agreed to support reform efforts for the administrative functions of the Office of the Rector. USAID/Kosovo Mission Director Maureen A. Shauket and University Rector Ibrahim Gashi signed the memorandum at a media event in Pristina. The initiative is the first to be undertaken as a result of a multi-million dollar higher education partnership between the U.S. Government and the Government of the Republic of Kosovo.

Green School students collaborate on a robotics activity while their teachers look on.
October 1, 2012

The Microsoft Corporation has named the Green School in Pristina, Kosovo the first Innovative Pathfinder School in the Balkan region. The award recognizes schools that use technology and innovative teaching approaches to equip students with 21st century skills. The Green School joins an elite group of only 65 such schools selected to receive this distinction in 2012.

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