Kosovo

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

Projects

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.
Website
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.
Kosovo
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...
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...

News

Kosovo
24.03.2021
A Kosovo Tour for Tourism Agencies from Albania
On 23 – 25 March 2021, a group of some twenty tourism agencies and operators from Albania are visiting some of the key attractions in Kosovo as part of a familiarization trip organized by Kosovo Tourism Union (KTU).
Kosovo
Sustainable agriculture
08.03.2021
Exploring Further Opportunities for Women in Rural Areas  
Cultivation and processing of medicinal aromatic plants creates opportunities for gainful work for women. It is deemed a suitable and likeable subsector for women in rural areas with expansion potential.
Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Serbia
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
25.02.2021
The Western Balkans Angel Academy
Swiss EP has been present in the Western Balkan countries for almost six years now. Working in different countries, we identified the lack of private investment as one of the key challenges for startups in the region. Swiss EP saw an opportunity to change this and support a program (the Western Balkan Angel Academy) that addressed this challenge head-on.
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.

Contact

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