Fact Sheets

EMPOWER Private Sector Support aims to increase competitiveness in growth-ready sectors and facilitate inclusive job creation, while also developing the capacity of local service providers to support the Kosovo private sector and respond to USAID contractor requirements. 

USAID developed a loan portfolio guarantee to increase access to finance for Kosovo’s micro, small, and medium enterprises in agricultural value chains, as well as business startups in all sectors.  These guarantees give banks the incentive to lend to business startups and agribusinesses, especially young entrepreneurs and farmers, who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to obtain financing, in order to demonstrate the potential profitability in these sectors.  USAID is also working to assist Kosovo’s financial sector to introduce new products tailored to meet the specific needs of start-ups and agricultural businesses.

The Development Credit Authority (DCA) loan portfolio guarantee aims to increase access to credit for Kosovo’s agriculture sector by providing a 50% risk guarantee to loans issued by participating banks. The DCA guarantee gives banks the incentive to lend to farmers, who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to obtain financing, in order to demonstrate their potential profitability. 

Through the DCA, USAID is also assisting Kosovo’s financial sector to introduce new products tailored to meet the needs of agricultural businesses throughout the agriculture value chains.

The Kosovo American Education Fund (KAEF) is a perpetual education fund dedicated to the economic development of Kosovo through the education of its people. KAEF supports educational programs that provide Kosovo’s future leaders with the tools they need to promote the country’s future prosperity.

The overall goal of this program is to strengthen linkages among citizens, political parties, and the Assembly to incentivize government bodies to be more responsive to public interests. To achieve this, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has three mutually reinforcing objectives:

The Public Pulse II project is a continuation of Public Pulse (initially launched jointly with UNDP in 2010). This project will continue the work on research and analysis of pertinent issues as a watchdog that will constructively engage the Government of Kosovo and public institutions in research. The project is implemented in cooperation with Kosovo institutions to increase capacities for utilization of data and research methodologies for addressing problems and issues, as well as to assure stability and facilitate dialogue between institutions and citizens.

In a society segregated physically and psychologically by the legacy of conflict, through the National Democratic Institute (NDI), USAID is convening Kosovars of diverse ethnic backgrounds in purposeful dialogue about the issues that both divide and unite them to engender cooperation between communities on issues of shared concern and interest.

The program’s main objectives are to:

The Kosovo is Ready project aims to support advocacy initiatives to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, in both the public and private sectors, from discrimination and human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Consistent with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Foreign Assistance Strategy, it advances and protects the civil rights of LGBT individuals and works to prevent backsliding. 

USAID’s Property Rights Program (PRP) is a four-year initiative to improve the legal framework and institutional practices and procedures governing property rights, in order to make it easy and straightforward to acquire, register, use and transfer property in Kosovo. The program is working in close partnership with the Government of Kosovo, selected municipalities, and other relevant local and international stakeholders.

The overall goal of the program is to promote free and fair elections in Kosovo through work with local organizations to conduct thorough election observation. 

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Last updated: May 25, 2016