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