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February 27, 2015

Pristina, February 27 - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is announcing the launch of a new activity to support vulnerable and marginalized groups in Kosovo and strengthen civil society’s role in influencing the development and implementation of policies affecting these communities.

"Working with marginalized communities is integral to our work in each of USAID's programs in Kosovo," said USAID Mission Director James Hope. "This program will use the knowledge we've gained in this work across various sectors to focus on meeting the specific needs of these vulnerable groups."

Engagement for Equity will provide sub-grants and targeted technical assistance to local civil society organizations working to protect the rights of women, the lesbian, gay, bisexual,  transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) community, people with disabilities, and youth.

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.

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.

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