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Last updated: December 20, 2019

December 20, 2019

The strengthening of procurement processes and controls at the municipal level helps local governments safeguard public funds and deliver higher-quality public services to citizens, thereby building public trust.  USAID partners with municipalities, central government institutions, independent agencies, and civil society to empower local champions to achieve breakthrough change in procurement transparency and accountability, contributing to Kosovo’s economic resilience and self-reliance. 

December 20, 2019

A society can progress only when the entire population, men and women alike, are fully engaged.  In Kosovo, women face many challenges with more than 80 percent of women inactive in the labor force; of the remaining women who are active, the unemployment rate is 37 percent.  As entrepreneurs, women represent only 10 percent of business owners and own mostly micro and small businesses.  USAID activities are geared toward building the capacities of women entrepreneurs and creating conditions that will help women engage and thrive in the economy.  More specifically, the activities help women w

December 20, 2019

On November 11, Administrator Green met with young Kosovo leaders who are advancing the principles of self-reliance and taking Kosovo-led solutions to the next level.  These young leaders have the vision and capacity to transform their communities for the better and are making a difference in their specific fields and contributing to a self-reliant Kosovo.  One of these influencers, Blerta Thaqi, is the developer of Ec Shlire (meaning “walk freely” in Albanian), a mobile application for reporting sexual harassment in real time.  Another influencer, Ilire Vitija, is the youngest jud

November 22, 2019

The World Bank, in the recently published Doing Business Report 2020, ranked Kosovo 57th with a 2.2 percent improvement toward international best practice (score).  The report recognized Kosovo for significant reforms in four specific areas—all areas where USAID has contributed with its partners.

November 22, 2019

Dea Rexha’s desire to learn more about gender equality and women's rights led her to apply for the Kosovo School for Girls aiming Public Office.  The Kosovo School was a one-month mentoring scheme for young aspiring women, which connected young girls with women public servants.   The women in public office served as role models to encourage young aspiring women and girls to follow their dreams despite obstacles.

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