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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 9:00am

Launch of the Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund

Pristina, April 26, 2016 – The U.S. Agency for International Development launched the Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund (KCGF) at a ceremony organized today. The event marks the establishment of an independent, local, and sustainable institution that will issue partial loan guarantees to financial institutions thereby increasing access to finance for the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Kosovo and promoting private sector development.

“This Fund is an important opportunity to address one of the key constraints to sustained economic growth in Kosovo -- the lack of access to finance and credit for Kosovo’s businesses. The Fund will help small and medium enterprises obtain much-needed financing from financial institutions and most importantly, we expect the Fund will facilitate $400 million in increased lending and 20,000 new jobs in the next 6 years, “ said U.S. Ambassador Greg Delawie in his opening remarks joined by the Prime Minister of Kosovo Isa Mustafa, Assembly Speaker Kadri Veseli, German Ambassador to Kosovo Angelika Viets, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Kosovo Bedri Hamza.

Nexhmije Ibishi (moderator) and speakers Linda Shala, Ola Syla, Bleta Zeqiri.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 11:00am

A monthly mixer has quickly become a must-attend event for young entrepreneurs seeking to build relationships, share knowledge and hear from experts (and live bands) in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere.

Incentive Fund award recipients
Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 10:30am

New playgrounds, sidewalks, and street lights… these are a just a few of the projects that municipalities can implement to improve the lives of local residents. USAID and the Ministry of Local Government Administration recognized outstanding municipal performance at a February 14th event in Pristina at which incentive awards were presented to eight municipalities, following a competitive process.

Ambassador Jacobson unveils a plaque commemorating DEMI’s park and sidewalk project
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 12:45pm

On Thursday, January 17, Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson visited two USAID projects as part of a day-long visit to the municipality of Vushtrri. In the morning, the Ambassador and USAID Mission Director Maureen A. Shauket met with Mayor Bajram Mulaku and unveiled a plaque inaugurating a new public green space and sidewalk along an area previously used as an illegal dumpsite. With support from USAID’s Democratic Effective Municipalities Program (http://www.demi-ks.org/?cid=2,1), the municipality identified the removal of the illegal landfill as a community priority, based on feedback received from residents. The USAID program, in cooperation with the municipality of Vushtrri, also has provided signs in high traffic areas, expansion of the green space and creation of a running path along the SItnica River, improvement of the green areas in Smerkovnice and Bukosh primary schools, and the creation of a playground adjacent to the park.

Rector Ibrahim Gashi (left) and USAID Mission Director Maureen A. Shauket (right) formalize an agreement to support improvements
Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 9:30am

USAID and the University of Prishtina signed a Memorandum of Understanding on January 22 under which the Agency agreed to support reform efforts for the administrative functions of the Office of the Rector. USAID/Kosovo Mission Director Maureen A. Shauket and University Rector Ibrahim Gashi signed the memorandum at a media event in Pristina. The initiative is the first to be undertaken as a result of a multi-million dollar higher education partnership between the U.S. Government and the Government of the Republic of Kosovo.

USAID/Kosovo Mission Director Maureen A. Shauket (left) joined by NDI Regional Director Rob Benjamin (right) presents graduation
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 1:15pm

Twenty-five women representing Kosovo political parties, civil society, business and media have graduated from the new Kosovo Women’s Leadership Academy. The Academy was created by the National Democratic Institute with USAID support to prepare more women to assume positions of influence in Kosovo affairs. Members of the academy’s first class were selected from among the participants in the “Week of Women 2012” activities that USAID supported in March. Many of the graduates are considering running for office in the next local and national elections.

Green School students collaborate on a robotics activity while their teachers look on.
Monday, October 1, 2012 - 1:45pm

The Microsoft Corporation has named the Green School in Pristina, Kosovo the first Innovative Pathfinder School in the Balkan region. The award recognizes schools that use technology and innovative teaching approaches to equip students with 21st century skills. The Green School joins an elite group of only 65 such schools selected to receive this distinction in 2012.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 10:30am

If you had been in the Rugova Valley recently, you would have seen more than just beautiful mountain scenery. On July 14th, representatives of USAID and the Ministry of Education witnessed robots engaged in Sumo wrestling and dancing. They also saw a robot in the shape of a crocodile. It was all part of Robotiks 2012, a summer camp involving 43 students, aged 12 to 15, from 21 schools across the country.

Signing of Higher Education Memorandum of Understanding
Monday, July 30, 2012 - 10:45am

The U. S. Government and the Government of Kosovo have agreed to work together to establish a five-year, multi-million dollar higher education program in Kosovo, to be implemented by USAID. The objective is to produce a new generation of well-educated, highly qualified leaders to drive significant change in the country in economic, political and social development. On Friday, July 20, U.S.

Friday, July 13, 2012 - 10:45am

Community leaders and USAID representatives inaugurated a new park and playground on July 10, 2012 near the site of a former illegal landfill in the municipality of Klokot-Vrbovac. The landfill posed a threat to the municipality’s natural thermal water resources, which are used by two health service centers. At the municipality’s request, the USAID Democratic Effective Municipalities Initiative www.demi-ks.org/?cid=2,1 supported the cleanup of the landfill and construction of the first public park in the community.