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Last updated: May 27, 2022

May 26, 2022

For a small country in the Balkans, Kosovo has a cadre of ambitious and talented youth ready to tackle the country’s biggest development challenges.  Among the most critical challenges for long term growth is the security of electricity supply.  Today, 90 percent of Kosovo’s electricity is derived from two obsolete, lignite-fired coal power plants.  The country has embraced a goal  of 35% of its electricity coming from renewable energy by 2031 and to be on a long-term decarbonization pathway by 2050.  

May 26, 2022

Half of Kosovo’s population is under the age of 25.  The country itself is only 14 years old.  Careers in telecommunications, a part of the business process outsourcing industry, offer flexibility and good pay.  With 21st century communications skills and digital know-how ingrained since childhood, young people are a natural fit for these jobs.  SPEEEX, a telecommunications provider in Kosovo offers outsourced services (e.g., technical support, sales, data processing) to large companies throughout Europe.

May 26, 2022

The people of Kosovo embody the original meaning of the word philanthropy: “Love of Humanity.”  In 2021, the World Giving Index ranked Kosovo number nine out of over 140 countries in charitable giving of financial donations, voluntarism, or helping somebody outside your family in a meaningful way.  With a long history of demonstrated generosity, loyalty, and solidarity toward one another, the spirit of informal giving in Kosovo is thriving. 

May 12, 2022

As Lorenta Kadriu and Mila Mihajlović, two young civil society activists and friends would tell you, their lives are an open book.  On March 24, Lorenta and Mila shared their story at a “Living Library” event in Kosovo’s capital city of Pristina.  Living Libraries create a safe space for dialogue where topics are explored openly between storytellers (“human books”) and the audience (“readers”).  They are an advocacy tool used all over the world to promote human rights.

May 12, 2022

Dijamanti, a company that produces massive wood panels, has become a trendsetter in environmental sustainability in Kosovo’s wood processing sector.  Established in 2017 with support from USAID, Dijamanti sells the panels to local processors that turn them into tables, chairs, stairs, and other products.  

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