EMPOWER - Private Sector Support

The overarching goal of EMPOWER Private Sector is to increase competitiveness and facilitate inclusive job creation in selected growth-ready sectors: wood processing, apparel, ICT (information and communications technology), energy efficiency, outdoor tourism, and other opportunistic sectors.

The program works closely with producers and service providers with potential to serve a larger market. Support includes: expanding buyer connections, increasing and improving production, addressing skills needs through specific training and internship programs, and facilitating finance.

To address high levels of unemployment and to enhance a social inclusion agenda in the private sector, the support targets four priority populations: women, youth, ethnic minorities, and other vulnerable groups to address high levels of unemployment.

The program supports a broad range of interventions that have a high job-creation impact.

Results to date:

  • Grant agreements signed: 96
  • Total value of grants given: $2.61 million
  • Current new jobs created: 835, of which 376 for women and 535 for youth
  • Number of trainees: 689, of which 415 are women and 464 are youth
  • Number of internship participants: 129
  • Companies that received support to exhibit and participate in international trade fairs: 76
  • Trade fair participation results: 83 new contracts and $1,497,480 generated in sales
  • Funds leveraged: from beneficiaries $8.89 million, and from other donors $1.35 million (leverage ratio 4.9x)


Partner: Cardno 

Geographic Target: Kosovo

Project Duration: July 2014 - July 2019

USAID Contact: Flora Arifi

Last updated: August 04, 2016

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