The Scholarships and Partnerships component of the Transformational Leadership Program aims to develop the capacity of Kosovars to bring about transformational change in Kosovo through opportunities for advanced education, leadership development, and technical assistance. This will be accomplished through university scholarships, partnerships, and student and faculty exchanges.
USAID’s Partnership for Development program aims to enhance the enabling environment for Kosovo’s private sector to expand employment opportunities for the country’s citizens. The program works in partnership with the government and other partners to support Kosovo’s vision for economic growth by strengthening its institutions.
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
USAID/Kosovo has a buy-in to a Washington-held Cooperative Agreement (CA) with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) to support the Energy Regulatory Office (ERO) in Kosovo. This support takes place through partnership and peer-to-peer exchanges between ERO and U.S. regulatory commissions with the objective of facilitating the exchange of information, data, and best practices among regulators.
This project was designed to replace the Kosovo Food and Veterinary Agency’s (KFVA) multiple redundant and inefficient veterinary and phytosanitary systems with a new, unified system that will ensure better information exchange and interception of animal and plant products.
The outcome of the activity will have a positive impact on international trade, specifically regarding easier and safer movement of goods with animal and plant origin.
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.
Last updated: February 13, 2016