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January 8, 2021

The Week of Women (WoW) event, launched by USAID-supported National Democratic Institute (NDI) on December 15, is an annual nationwide event that gathers, in a cross-ethnic setting, hundreds of women and men from political parties, civil society, business, media, and academia.  The event provides a critical venue for policy debate and intensive discussion and aims to expand the leadership skills of local women.  U.S. Ambassador Philip S.

January 6, 2021

Legalization of unpermitted construction in Kosovo benefits citizens, as it ensures full access and benefits of property rights and allows citizens and businesses to use legalized buildings as collateral to finance other investment activities.  In response to these demands from citizens and municipalities, USAID supported the Kosovo Ministry of Economy and Environment to streamline the building legalization procedure, reduce costs, and engage in active public outreach on the legalization of buildings that were built without the proper permits.  USAID also supported an electronic tracking to

January 6, 2021

The USAID Agricultural Growth and Rural Opportunities activity facilitated, together with the American Chamber of Commerce, a virtual discussion on agricultural entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology, as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week.  This live-streamed session outlined the progress made over the past decade in agribusiness development and the role of science and technology in this progress.  Panelists included agribusiness investor, Armend Skeja; CEO of Biotech Agriculture, Endrit Ahmeti; and co-owner of the blueberry farm Sante Fruit, Yll Hoxha.

December 11, 2020

Kosovo’s largest demographic is youth under 35 years of age, and internships have become an integral part of preparing this group to join the workforce.  However, until recently, many businesses saw little value to their company for the time invested in internships as students lacked the necessary skills.  To change this mindset, USAID’s After School Support for Teens activity partnered with businesses across Kosovo to provide learning opportunities where students could gain the necessary skills for the 21st-century workforce.  Prominent Kosovo businesses, such as Kosovo’s leading digital m

December 11, 2020

The Performance Dashboard, introduced by USAID’s Justice System Strengthening Program and the Kosovo Judicial Council, is a groundbreaking advancement in judicial transparency.  For too long, Kosovo’s justice system was not transparent with the public about court performance.  This undercut public trust, despite steps taken by the judiciary to increase judicial transparency and accountability.  The online dashboard opens a window into court operations by making performance data available online for public scrutiny.