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December 11, 2020

Back to school this year came with anxiety and concerns as to the safety of sending children to in-person classes.  These concerns, combined with a lack of hygiene materials, made preparing for the school year a challenge for both parents and teachers.  To address these challenges, USAID, in partnership with UNICEF, implemented the “Back to School” initiative this autumn to supply pre-university and primary education institutions with protective kits against the coronavirus.  

December 4, 2020


For more than a half-century, the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance.  In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has truly mobilized as a nation to combat the virus, both at home and abroad, committing more than $20.5 billion for the international COVID-19 response. 

November 20, 2020

Kosovo’s fourth annual Pride Week used an innovative parade of vehicles, in order to celebrate Pride Week while respecting measures for stopping the spread of COVID-19.  A caravan of 30 cars flying rainbow flags drove down Pristina’s streets on October 12, to raise awareness of the issues, challenges, and injustices faced by LGBTI persons in Kosovo.

November 20, 2020

With one of the highest rates of internet penetration in Europe, ICT is an area with significant potential, and one of the fastest growing sectors in Kosovo’s economy.  USAID is helping Kosovo to build a new cadre of leaders and entrepreneurs to meet this emerging market demand.  On September 24, USAID’s local partner Cacttus Education celebrated the graduation of young scholars completing the organization's two-year ICT program (20 students) and their short-term training program (30 students).  

November 20, 2020

USAID/Kosovo’s rule of law activities include a strong focus on mentoring and professional development with the goal of inspiring participants to seek more active leadership roles in their fields.  The programs provide underrepresented groups, like women and youth, the opportunity to both gain practical skills and form strategic relationships.  USAID/Kosovo’s Deputy Mission Director, Zeinah Salahi, joined two of these sessions to offer her own perspectives and experiences with young interns and with female judges.  During the meetings, Ms.