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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
    Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion
    Education and Vocational Skills
    Private Sector Development
    Gender & 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.

One of the tools we use to support municipalities is performance grants that are co-funded by the Kosovo government. Competition that performance grants create among municipalities leads to improvements in democratic governance, financial and human resource management, and responsive public services. Helvetas also advocates for a legal framework that is more conducive for decentralized governance.

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 Kosovo

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

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Kosovo Education and Vocational Skills

Jobs for Young People

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Kosovo Education and Vocational Skills

Matching Skills with Demand in the Labor Market

Kosovo Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

Building a Democratic Kosovo

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Armenia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine, Montenegro Education and Vocational Skills

Building Economies Where All Can Prosper

Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

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

Education and Vocational Skills

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

Private Sector Development

Youth need access to reliable, fairly paid jobs to break the cycle of poverty. Helvetas creates partnerships and promotes policies that build more inclusive economies.

Helvetas Eastern Europe Unit
Maulbeerstr. 10
3010 Bern

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