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Last updated: April 12, 2021

April 8, 2021

Kosovo faces one of the lowest female labor force participation rates in the world, with female employment and leadership in male-dominated industries, such as power and water, almost non-existent.  However, a partnership between USAID and Kosovo’s power utility is making strides to change this.  As part of the partnership with USAID, Kosovo’s Transmission System and Market Operator (KOSTT) received management coaching from gender equality experts, as well as participated in the Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program (GEELP) at Georgetown University.  After participating in the 12-month

April 8, 2021

On a recent trip back home to Switzerland from Kosovo, Nehat Shalaku browsed the stores at Pristina International Airport.  Among piles of various foreign-made items, he found apparel made in Kosovo from a local company that had expanded with USAID support.  “I was immediately impressed with the packaging, quality, and price of the products, and purchased samples to show my boss,” he said.  This purchase sparked a significant export collaboration between Shalaku’s employer in Switzerland and the Kosovo apparel producer S//Sprint.

April 8, 2021

Young people from diverse and separate communities are exchanging experiences and ideas, while learning about reconciliation and intercultural dialogue through USAID’s Kosovo Youth Dialogue activity.  USAID’s local partner, Youth Initiative for Human Rights, organized four youth exchanges for young people from the Kosovo-Serb and Kosovo-Albanian communities.  As part of the exchange, the participants, youth aged 16-30, visited various historical monuments throughout Kosovo.  After each visit, the participants reflected and shared their thoughts and feelings as a way to better understand eac

March 16, 2021

An increased focus on renewable energy is a key component of both reducing pollution and ensuring a country’s long-term energy security.  In this vein, since 2013, Kosovo’s private sector has been investing in solar energy as an alternative source of renewable energy, both as a mechanism for increasing the security of its power supply and as a means for reducing operating costs.  Until now, the private sector has successfully implemented more than 200 installations of photovoltaic panels throughout Kosovo.  However, many of these investments have been limited due to the structural and legal

March 16, 2021

Media monitoring activities in Kosovo indicate an increase in the use of disinformation during recent electoral campaigns.  The snap election on February 14 was an opportune moment to share information and best practices with local journalists to mitigate the spread and use of disinformation in the highly anticipated February elections.  National Democratic Institute (NDI), with the support of USAID and in partnership with the Association of Journalists in Kosovo, organized a virtual workshop and discussion with 26 national and local journalists and media representatives representing differ

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