USAID developed a loan portfolio guarantee to increase access to finance for Kosovo’s micro, small, and medium enterprises in agricultural value chains, as well as business startups in all sectors. These guarantees give banks the incentive to lend to business startups and agribusinesses, especially young entrepreneurs and farmers, who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to obtain financing, in order to demonstrate the potential profitability in these sectors. USAID is also working to assist Kosovo’s financial sector to introduce new products tailored to meet the specific needs of start-ups and agricultural businesses.
The Development Credit Authority (DCA) loan portfolio guarantee aims to increase access to credit for Kosovo’s agriculture sector by providing a 50% risk guarantee to loans issued by participating banks. The DCA guarantee gives banks the incentive to lend to farmers, who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to obtain financing, in order to demonstrate their potential profitability.
Through the DCA, USAID is also assisting Kosovo’s financial sector to introduce new products tailored to meet the needs of agricultural businesses throughout the agriculture value chains.
The Kosovo American Education Fund (KAEF) is a perpetual education fund dedicated to the economic development of Kosovo through the education of its people. KAEF supports educational programs that provide Kosovo’s future leaders with the tools they need to promote the country’s future prosperity.
The Public Pulse II project is a continuation of Public Pulse (initially launched jointly with UNDP in 2010). This project will continue the work on research and analysis of pertinent issues as a watchdog that will constructively engage the Government of Kosovo and public institutions in research. The project is implemented in cooperation with Kosovo institutions to increase capacities for utilization of data and research methodologies for addressing problems and issues, as well as to assure stability and facilitate dialogue between institutions and citizens.
The overall goal of this program is to strengthen linkages among citizens, political parties, and the Assembly to incentivize government bodies to be more responsive to public interests. To achieve this, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has three mutually reinforcing objectives:
Last updated: January 14, 2016