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Last updated: July 07, 2020

July 6, 2020

UNDP Kosovo completed the 18th edition of the USAID-funded Public Pulse survey during the height of the pandemic-related movement restrictions.  After a quick adaptation of research methods, Public Pulse surveyed 1,306 Kosovo citizens through telephone interviews instead of face-to-face meetings.  Survey respondents from all Kosovo municipalities answered questions regarding their perceptions of democratic processes and institutions in Kosovo, socio-economic conditions, security, environment, and the COVID-19 pandemic.  The poll was conducted in March-April 2020, during the Kurti administra

June 19, 2020

All across Kosovo youth are finding creative ways to keep social distancing guidelines to only physical distancing.  They are maintaining connections to their peers and providing virtual support to each other to prevent feelings of isolation.  To capture and share these creative ideas, USAID’s Up to Youth activity encouraged participants to compete in an online competition sharing ways they are creatively spending their free time during the pandemic.  Youth between the ages of 15 and 24, from all nine partner municipalities, were highly involved in the competition, submitting more than 200

June 19, 2020

Sante Fruit, a relatively new and successful berry company, decided to give 20 young Kosovo graduates an opportunity for hands-on learning.  The idea to involve students at the USAID-supported berry farm originated with recent graduate, Verina Krasniqi, who had just joined the company a few months ago as a young agronomist.  She observed that many growers need help with daily or seasonal farm work.  Meanwhile, she knew that agriculture students are always seeking an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge from their studies into practice. 

June 19, 2020

The public sector in Kosovo continues to show its commitment to serving citizens by continuing their operations during the global pandemic.  Since the introduction of measures in mid-March to contain the spread of COVID-19, central and municipal governments have been rotating between working in the office and working remotely.  Despite these challenges in operations, two USAID partner municipalities, Pristina and Gračanica/Graçanicë, began the first legalizations for unpermitted constructions during this period.  To date, they have completed the legalization of 108 buildings, 95 in Pristina

June 19, 2020

Women-owned businesses gathered virtually to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the time of COVID-19.  Working from home, while also managing a household, including for some as mothers and wives, has been particularly difficult for women in business.  In addition to the three panelists and the female moderator, more than 30 online viewers joined the virtual roundtable organized by the American Chamber of Commerce and the USAID Commercial Justice Activity.

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