Transforming Lives

Every day, all over the world, USAID brings peace to those who endure violence, health to those who struggle with sickness, and prosperity to those who live in poverty. It is these individuals — these uncounted thousands of lives — that are the true measure of USAID’s successes and the true face of USAID's programs.

Kosovo is the youngest European nation; it also has Europe's highest percentage of young. Approximately 60 percent of the population is under 27. These facts pose a stability challenge, and are worsened by an unemployment rate of approximately 75 percent.

In the medium term, having the youngest labor force in Europe could work to Kosovo's advantage, but that potential will be fruitless if a "lost generation" do not obtain competitive skills, or if they lose them due to unemployment and disillusionment.

As women join the workforce in Kosovo, there is an increasing need for quality daycare. BAMBI, which opened in April 2010, is the first privately-owned daycare center in Kosovo’s Gllogovc/Gllogovac municipality, which has a population of 74,000.

A USAID program in Kosovo helped make afterschool English and computer classes possible for more than 1,000 students in 13 schools nationwide.

For three years, high school students in Kosovo benefited from access to computers, internet, and the English language through USAID’s “Community Service through Extracurricular Activities” initiative.

The project installed computer labs at fourteen locations around the country. The labs were used for extracurricular computer and English classes, which were taught by university students using tailored curricula.

USAID is helping asphalt producers to improve the quality of asphalt and of road construction through hands-on trainings designed specifically to address their needs.

Challenge

The University of Prishtina is Kosovo’s only public university; it serves the higher-education needs of more than 30,000 students. Although the university has made significant progress in meeting the requirements of the Bologna Process (the European university system), student record keeping is still paper-based, meaning that students must come to the university a minimum of nine times to register for the semester. Each of these visits involves waiting in long lines to submit or collect forms and paperwork or to learn of registration-specific information.

USAID-supported initiative provided citizens of Kosovo with an opportunity to hold elected officials accountable for their promises and their performance.

Marina Modebadze, chair of the non-governmental organization Society of Women Democrats, has long been concerned about the lack of women’s involvement in Samtskhe-Javakheti region’s politics and society. She felt that women in the region were often not aware of their civil rights and responsibilities. Through her involvement with a USAID study tour on non-governmental organization development, Modebadze is now at the forefront of providing the region’s women with information about their role in society.

Small-scale farmers in Georgia face numerous challenges. Deficient production practices and technologies combined with lack of access to agricultural credit are among the shortcomings hindering the development of the country’s fresh herbs industry.

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Last updated: December 05, 2013