October 7, Ambassador Greg Delawie spoke at the inaugural ceremony of the Women’s Economic Forum (WEF). The WEF is an independent body that aims to bring together organizations and individuals under one umbrella to speak with a unified voice on women’s economic development.
Charge d’Affaires Colleen Hyland spoke at an event marking the International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme was #DadsandDaughters, with a focus on gender equality within families, specifically related to inheritance and property rights. In her remarks, CDA Hyland highlighted the challenges that women in Kosovo face in owning and inheriting property, and the effect of women’s economic exclusion on the economy as a whole.
Advancing Kosovo Together – Local Solutions aims to increase constructive interethnic cooperation and interaction, primarily between the majority and minority communities, which is vital to the security and stability of the Balkans. The project is part of USAID maximizing aid efficiency.
The goal of the program is to improve autonomous, horizontal communication between Kosovo majority and minority communities, and between the Government of Kosovo and minority communities.
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.
USAID, through Agricultural Growth and Rural Opportunities (AGRO) Program focuses on increasing agricultural productivity, marketability, and responsiveness to markets, which will enhance the sustainability and competiveness of targeted Kosovar agribusinesses in domestic and export markets.
Last updated: February 23, 2017