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Last updated: September 24, 2021

September 23, 2021

When Visar Kelmendi founded Green Energy Technologies (GET) in 2010, one of the main difficulties he faced was the lack of a market for his company’s solar installation products. Fast forward to today, and Visar joined over 200 businesses, solar developers, policymakers, commercial banks, and local organizations in Kosovo's first-ever Solar Forum.

September 22, 2021

This summer, UNDP launched the 20th Public Pulse brief, a flagship research project funded by USAID. The May 2021 Public Pulse surveyed more than 1,300 respondents across all ethnicities in Kosovo. Results indicate a significant increase in people's satisfaction with the performance of key executive, legislative, and judicial institutions relative to the previous poll from December 2020. Executive Cabinet Satisfaction is 59 percent, up 38 points from the December 2020 poll; with the President of Kosovo at 64 percent, up 30 points from December 2020.

September 22, 2021

If and when young people enter municipal buildings throughout Kosovo, it is usually to access local services like posting mail or registering for school. However, a group of youth from Istog recently entered a municipal building with another goal in mind—to raise their voices on how their municipality plans to spend public money in 2022.

September 22, 2021

“Women from rural areas need to break barriers to get access to education. All women, no matter where they come from, need to have such access; that’s why I’m running for office,” stated Makfire Musa, a training participant practicing her campaign pitch and public speaking skills at a recent training session. As Kosovo political parties and their candidates gear up for the upcoming local election cycle in October, women candidates are sharpening their skill sets and sharing experiences during training sessions provided by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), with USAID support.

September 8, 2021

On August 10, participants from USAID’s Up to Youth activity gathered for a hybrid event on social inclusion, as part of Kosovo’s month-long celebration of youth. This was the first in-person event since the start of the pandemic, and the excitement was palpable as youth panelists from the various cohorts across Kosovo joined together to organize the socially distanced event, which streamed live on social media.

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