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


Albania, Kosovo
Labour market insertion
Boost Employment: Continued efforts for labour market inclusion in Albania and Kosovo
After the successful 10-year intervention for the employability and economic integration of marginalized and youth groups - based on the “Coaching for Employment” methodology - Boost Employment Project brings Swisscontact’s support to labour market in Albania and Kosovo to another level.
Albania, Kosovo
Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling
Returning to new opportunities: Coaching for Employment and Reintegration (C4ER) for returned migrants 
The number of emigrants that have returned to Albania over the last years is estimated at 100'000. The project is creating good grounds for reintegration of returning migrants. It strives to improve the livelihood of the returnees and marginalized youth groups in Albania. Moreover, it enhances the capacities of civil society and private sector to...
Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
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...
Benin, Bolivia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Laos, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru
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.
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, Vietnam
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...


Entrepreneurial ecosystems
The transformational power of timely support to women’s economic initiatives
Kosovo’s entry – the feature film Hive – for the 94th Academy Awards to be held on 27 March 2022 in Los Angeles, tells a story of fortitude, solidarity, and the rebuilding of lives. It is the real-life story of Fahrije Hoti, founder of the Agricultural Cooperative Krusha in Kosovo. What started out of necessity to provide living means for the war widows and orphans in the village is now a successful business, 100% run by women, which sells to over 200 stores in Kosovo and exports to several European countries including Switzerland. Swisscontact facilitated consulting services and the purchase of machinery for production, which enabled the cooperative to improve their product and business.
Women’s Contribution and Leadership in Food Security and Economy
On International Day of Rural Women, which is celebrated every year on 15 October, the Promoting Private Sector Employment project organized an event to highlight the role women play in food security and poverty reduction. The theme this year is “Women in Leadership: Achieving An Equal Future in a COVID-19 World”.
An Alliance Between Media and Institutions to Promote Tourism in COVID-19 Times
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new reality in the tourism sector. In Kosovo, the new reality manifested also through the promotion of Kosovo as a destination, with a greater focus on regional tourists.
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. Lorenc Antoni Nr. 36, Pejton  
10000 Pr­ishtina, Kosovo