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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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December 27, 2013

Elections Support Program

The purpose of this 30 month program is to develop the technical capacity of the Central Election Commission (CEC) and its Secretariat to help bring about effective electoral processes in Kosovo.  The program was actively involved in supporting the regular local elections held in November/December 2013. Kosovo will hold parliamentary elections in 2014, but will likely have to ensure that the electoral reforms are acceptable to the international community first. 

December 27, 2013

Advocacy Training and Resource Center (ATRC)

USAID is partnering with ATRC for this dual-pronged program aimed at combating corruption and increasing transparency and fairness among justice sector institutions in Kosovo. ATRC is working with local non-governmental organizations to conduct court monitoring and implement a public outreach and awareness campaign to strengthen public trust in the justice system.

December 27, 2013

The Development Credit Authority (DCA) increases access to credit for the agricultural sector and business startups by providing a 50% risk guarantee on loans extended by three banks: 1) TEB Bank, 2) Raiffeisen Bank, and 3) Banka Ekonomike.

The DCA agreements are structured as follows:

December 27, 2013

 

With USAID’s support, the AmCham Arbitration Center will increase and improve its staff capacities, improve its internal systems, and launch a combination of initiatives to increase the quality, efficiency, and demand for arbitration service in Kosovo.

Core Interventions

Taking into account the achievements under the previous USAID System for Enforcement of Agreement and Decisions (SEAD) project and the remaining obstacles to the arbitration system in Kosovo, the direct award to AmCham will support the following three activity components:

USAID and Central Election Commission sign a Memorandum of Understanding
December 20, 2013

Today, USAID Mission Director Maureen A. Shauket and President of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Valdete Daka signed a Memorandum of Understanding today in Pristina. The Memorandum of Understanding outlines USAID’s assistance to the CEC in conducting training for CEC members and the Secretariat of the Central Election Commission (CECS), as well as providing active procedural support, advice, and technical assistance in the field during elections.  

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Last updated: September 15, 2014

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