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In the new state of Kosovo, as in many other Eastern European countries, there are not enough jobs for young people. Helvetas seeks to improve career prospects for high school and college graduates in Kosovo and promote the development of domestic and cross-border job markets.
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  • Capital
  • Area
    10,908 km²
  • Population
  • People supported per year
  • Thematic focus
    Governance, Peace & Migration
    Skills Development and Education
    Sustainable and Inclusive Economies
    Gender and Social Equity
    Urban Engagement
* Source: UN Data

Eastern European economies are booming. Despite this economic growth, however, youth unemployment remains a widespread problem in Kosovo, running as high as 50% in large parts of the country. Dim future prospects induce many young Kosovars to seek work abroad, which only exacerbates the situation because companies are unable to find suitable skilled workers.

This is why Helvetas supports cross-border labor market development in Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia) with a view to creating jobs for young people in particular. Our efforts are geared not only to stimulate the private sector, but also to provide job-hunting services such as online job portals. Furthermore, we provide support for various vocational training programs for young people.

Infotainment collaboration with the media

Helvetas brings private-sector employers together with schools in Kosovo to create practically-oriented vocational training opportunities.

We’re also experimenting with new approaches in Kosovo, working with the media to jointly develop formats comprising a mix of entertainment and information to prepare young people for career choices and job seeking. This successful model is now spreading to Albania. Helvetas has been working in Kosovo since 2002.

Working closely with local authorities

The new Eastern European democracies are still quite fragile in a number of areas. Corruption is widespread, the legal systems are ineffectual, and authoritarian tendencies are increasingly resurgent in a number of countries. Helvetas is working closely with local authorities to support institutional reforms and efforts to nurture democratization. The object is to make public services more reliable and available to the people of Kosovo, especially to sections of the population that are discriminated against.

Visit the website of Helvetas Kosovo.

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Zanfina Gashi participates in an IT program for women supported by Helvetas. © Helvetas / Christian Bobst
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Astrit Malsija and Eduard Luta from the web agency MIK have esthablished an intern program with the help of Helvetas © Helvetas / Christian Bobst
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Our Projects in Eastern Europe

 If you would like to know more about our work in Kosovo, click on each project for details.

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Kosovo, Eastern Europe Skills Development and Education

Jobs for Young People

Albania, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Building Confidence in Local Government

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Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eastern Europe Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Making Markets and Jobs

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Albania, Serbia, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Social Sciences for a Better Society

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North Macedonia, Eastern Europe Environment and Climate Change

Getting Biodiversity on the Agenda

Albania, Eastern Europe Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Making Markets Work for the Youth

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Kosovo, Eastern Europe Skills Development and Education

Matching Skills with Demand in the Labor Market

North Macedonia, Eastern Europe Skills Development and Education

Market-Oriented Education for a Prosperous Society

Kosovo, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Building a Democratic Kosovo

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Albania, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Strengthening Local Governance for Empowered Citizens

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eastern Europe Skills Development and Education

Empowering Youth to Build a Better Future in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Serbia Governance, Peace & Migration

ACT for a Stronger Civil Society

Governance, Peace & Migration

In many countries where we work, men and women are unable to claim their rights and participate actively in decision-making processes.

Skills Development and Education

Lack of education perpetuates inequality because poor countries cannot compete economically without a skilled workforce.

Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Economic growth does not always benefit the poor and poverty is bad for growth. We need to make a proactive effort to break this vicious cycle.

Helvetas Eastern Europe Unit
Maulbeerstr. 10
3010 Bern

Phone:+41 31 385 10 10
E-Mail: easterneurope@helvetas.org