Kosovo labour force grows by some 30,000 new entrants annually, but economic trends fall short to generate the jobs needed. Youth, women, and minorities are the most excluded. Lack of SME innovation and of relevant, affordable market support services limit SME growth. As sustainable sector growth has the highest potential to create SMEs and jobs, the private sector development and job creation remain the main goals of the Kosovo Government.
About Kosovo

Country Facts

  • Area in km2: 10,908
  • Population: 1,782,115
  • Capital: Prishtina

Swisscontact in Kosovo

  • since 2001
  • 4 running projects


Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Promoting Private Sector Employment
SMEs that operate in competitive and well-organized economic sectors, where public policies better match private sector needs, provide increased sustainable gainful employment for women and men in Kosovo.Kosovo has grown moderately at an average rate of 3% in the last few years and is constantly facing growing labour force. The positive economic...
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Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Senior Expert Contact
Promoting entrepreneurship through expertise - Imparting technical skills through volunteer work Through their services, Senior Expert Contact (SEC) experts provide hands-on, direct support to companies and institutions in their efforts to grow.
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Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Swiss Entrepreneurship Programme
The heart of any entrepreneurial ecosystem is the community of entrepreneurs themselves. The Swiss Entrepreneurship Program (Swiss EP) has incorporated this belief and supports building local startup communities bottom up by working with ecosystem leaders and builders since 2015. We do this by working with selected startup support organizations...
Upskilling and reskilling
Successfully integrating young adults into the working world (C4EE)
The overall goal of C4EE (Coaching for employment and entrepreneurship) is to integrate 1 856 young people (45% women) with marginalised or migrating backgrounds into the labour market. Through teaching them basic tools, the beneficiaries will have a greater ability to make a living and to actively participate in society. This is facilitated by...


Tourism Supply Side Report Reveals Preliminary Data On COVID-19 Effect in Kosovo 
In 2019 a significant growth of tourism sector in Kosovo was noted, as indicated by figures such as over 14% turnover growth rate equaling some €218 million, or an 8% growth in employment reaching to over 12,000 workers.
Towards the Future of Tourism in East Kosovo
A public virtual hearing on the masterplan for the Livoq Lake and the expected impact of this project on the tourism development in the region of Gjjilan/Gnjilane, east of Kosovo, was held on 8 December 2020.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Training via messaging app for rural women
Each year in early summer, the ORGANIKA association in Kosovo conducts training for rural women from disadvantaged families. They learn to plant medicinal herbs and generate income through sales thereof. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year the association was unable to conduct the training as usual. With Swisscontact’s support, ORGANIKA was able to arrange the training through the Viber messaging app. This platform provided many advantages for the participants.
Country Director Kosovo
Argjentina Grazhdani

Swisscontact in Kosovo

Swisscontact’s key objective is to strengthen the private sector, improve business conditions and create a dynamic labour market that offers job and business opportunities to all. The focus is on the unemployed youth, women, and minorities. We currently work in two sectors: 

In the Food and Natural Ingredients sector, including fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, and medicinal and aromatic plants, we improve the range and diversification of products; improve competitiveness of market actors; develop marketing and certification services, improve promotion and sales in local segments, and boost export.  

Our work in Tourism aims to directly contribute to increased numbers of tourists, who spend more and stay longer thus leading to more income and employment, development of new products, improved and more sustainable touristic attractions, and more international promotion.  

Swisscontact’s work in these sectors is an essential part of Switzerland’s development strategy in the country. 

In addition, Swisscontact trains coaches, enabling them to guide young people into the world of work.

Our services
If there is a project, policy or programme you would like to implement in a developing market, Swisscontact – with more than 50 years’ hands-on experience – can guide and assist you every step of the way.


Swisscontact in Kosovo
Rr. Sylejman Vokshi Nr. 42 
10000 Pr­ishtina, Kosovo