Over the past four years, USAID has made great strides inside Kosovo’s classrooms: overhauling school curriculums, helping teachers get access to the resources they need, and even inspiring community-led initiatives to renovate hundreds of classrooms around the country to create better learning environments. But the work that USAID has for students after school hours might just have the longest lasting effect in the fledgling democracy.
For years, Kosovo courts have been challenged in their ability to enforce civil judgments. Kosovars, particularly businesses throughout the country, have come to believe that it is not worth the time, money and effort to bring their business disputes to court because the courts are not efficient in enforcing decisions.
Driton Obërtinca lost his vision at the age of 18, a challenge that has only served to embolden the ambitious young man. A third-year law student at the University of Prishtina, Obërtinca is also the chairman of the Youth Forum for Sports Affairs of Kosovo’s Association for the Blind.
Two young agricultural entrepreneurs in Kosovo, both fresh out of college, are enjoying the fruits of their labor: record-breaking yields of strawberries. But the story of their success involves more than formal education.
In September 2008, 60 percent of rural communities in Kosovo did not have clean drinking water. That’s when USAID stepped in with a $5 million investment and a three-year plan.
Last updated: January 13, 2015