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September 11, 2020

The energy sector in Kosovo has been traditionally dominated by men.  Up until 2017, women held only 10 percent of jobs in the energy sector, and most were in administrative positions.  However, in 2017 with USAID funding, a group of women working in the energy sector established the Association of Women in Energy Sector in Kosovo (AWESK) to assist women in overcoming the challenges posed by the energy sector.  The association works to ensure that Kosovo’s energy strategies and policies are gender-sensitive, while also amplifying the contributions of women in energy.  Since its formation, A

September 11, 2020

Building on long-standing USAID-funded technical assistance, the Kosovo Assembly’s Department for Research, Library and Archives (DRLA) created and successfully trained a Budgetary and Financial Analysis Unit.  As its first independent action, the DRLA’s Budgetary and Financial Analysis Unit independently produced and distributed to all members of Parliament (MPs) an analysis of the Government’s 2020 budget.  The analysis included capital cost reviews, comparative budgetary analyses, and a public debt assessment.  

September 11, 2020

As part of a worldwide effort to assist those most affected by COVID-19, the United States has donated 50 brand-new, state-of-the-art ventilators to Kosovo.  U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Kosnett, joined by USAID Mission Director Lisa Magno, handed over these life-saving medical devices to Kosovo’s Minister of Health on August 25.  The donation comes at a crucial time for Kosovo.  Throughout the summer, Kosovo has been at the top of charts in Europe in regards to the highest number of new infections per capita, and in the world in regards to death per capita due to COVID-19.  

August 19, 2020

In an effort to make the Kosovo courts more accessible to citizens, the Kosovo Judicial Council launched a tool on their website that allows Kosovo citizens to estimate the cost of court fees and criminal fines from the convenience of home.  Support for this innovation was an interagency effort, with contributions through USAID’s Justice System Strengthening Program (JSSP), the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development (OPDAT), and the U.S. Department of State’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).