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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.

October 10, 2014

USAID’s Property Rights Program (PRP) is a four-year initiative that aims to address challenges to claiming property rights in Kosovo by assisting local authorities in developing a plan for the stabilization of the property rights regime. The program will work in partnership with the Government of Kosovo, selected municipalities, and other relevant local and international stakeholders.

Together with the EU, the program will assist the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to develop a property reform strategy and amend existing property-related legislation.

October 10, 2014

The Kosovo is Ready project aims to support advocacy initiatives to protect the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community from discrimination and human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the public and private sectors.  Consistent with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Foreign Assistance Strategy, it advances and protects the civil rights of LGBT individuals and works to prevent backsliding. 

October 10, 2014

The overall goal of the program is to promote free and fair elections in Kosovo by developing the capacity of local organizations to conduct thorough election observation. Kosovo-based organization Democracy in Action (DiA) runs a secretariat that works to establish partnerships with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for election observation, maintaining an election observer database and regularly recruiting new observers.

October 10, 2014

The USAID Contract Law Enforcement (CLE) Program is a three year program, which is working to improve rule of law in Kosovo and create a better business environment for economic development and investment. As such, the program is built around two strategic goals:

October 10, 2014

Advancing Kosovo Together (AKT) aims to increase constructive inter-ethnic cooperation and interaction, primarily between the Kosovo Albanian and Kosovo Serb populations, which is vital to the security and stability of the region. The program takes a holistic approach towards the integration of minority populations into Kosovo’s institutions and society by partnering with municipalities and other Government partners to support the engagement of targeted communities.

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Last updated: November 13, 2014

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