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Decentralization and Municipal Support in Kosovo (DEMOS)

Two young people rollerblading on a cycle path..

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021

Since the declaration of independence in 2008, Kosovo has been engaged in the reform and decentralisation of its public authorities with the aim of strengthening autonomy and local democracy in its 38 municipalities. The SDC's “Decentralisation and Municipal Support” project (DEMOS) aims to help municipalities enhance democratic governance and municipal management and provide better public services, thereby supporting Kosovo in its transition to a democratic and decentralised state.

Country/region Period Budget
Kosovo

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021


CHF 12'800'000



Reducing youth unemployment in Kosovo with the help of the private sector

Two people on an adventure park ropes course.

16.11.2017 - 15.11.2021

The Promoting Private Sector Employment (PPSE) project is strengthening companies in the food and tourism sectors and spurring job creation in Kosovo.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Kosovo
Employment & economic development
SME development
INDUSTRY, MINING, CONSTRUCTION
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development

16.11.2017 - 15.11.2021


CHF 7'320'000



An attractive labour market for young Kosovars

A young man working on an electrical system.

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2020

The project « Enhancing Youth Employment » is aimed at improving job opportunities for young people in Kosovo, a population segment particularly impacted by unemployment. By connecting employers and job seekers, and by training young people in the skills in demand on the labour market, the project is helping to reduce unemployment and drive economic growth.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Kosovo
Employment & economic development
Vocational training
Employment creation
Vocational training
EDUCATION
OTHER SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES
Vocational training
Employment policy and administrative management

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2020


CHF 7'570'000



Combating corruption in Kosovo

Four young developers sitting at a table discussing IT solutions designed to help the municipality create more transparency.

01.05.2016 - 30.04.2020

Corruption is rampant among Kosovo’s public institutions and undermines citizens’ trust in the system. The SDC is supporting a project designed to address this problem by promoting transparency in institutions and encouraging citizens to report abuses.

Country/region Period Budget
Kosovo

01.05.2016 - 30.04.2020


CHF 2'855'500



Project completed

SDC supports municipal autonomy and political participation in Kosovo

A young man holding a microphone in his hand, listening intently to the discussion.

01.01.2014 - 28.02.2018

Since independence in 2008, Kosovo has been moving to reform and decentralise its administration. Local self-administration in the 38 municipalities is to be expanded. The SDC project "Decentralisation and Municipal Support" (DEMOS) supports 17 municipalities in improving their public services.

Country/region Period Budget
Kosovo

01.01.2014 - 28.02.2018


CHF 12'820'000



Improving access to good-quality healthcare services in Kosovo

A nurse giving a prescription to a patient in a primary healthcare centre.

01.11.2013 - 31.12.2019

The standard of healthcare provision in Kosovo is inadequate and does not meet the needs of the general population. Vulnerable groups are particularly affected, with a number of economic and social barriers limiting their access to care. That is why the SDC is working to improve the quality and inclusivity of the primary healthcare system in Kosovo.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Kosovo
Health
Health systems strengthening
HEALTH
Health policy and administrative management

01.11.2013 - 31.12.2019


CHF 7'190'000



Project completed

More work opportunities for young people in Kosovo

A man looks at the vegetable.

01.04.2013 - 15.11.2017

Kosovo suffers under a high rate of youth unemployment. One reason for this is the lack of international competitiveness in the private sector. The 'Promoting Private Sector Employment' (PPSE) project supports companies in the food and tourism industries and helps to create new jobs.  

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Kosovo
Employment & economic development
Employment creation
OTHER SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES
Employment policy and administrative management

01.04.2013 - 15.11.2017


CHF 7'130'000



Project completed

Managing the risk of natural hazards through capacity building and increased cooperation

Aerial shot of flooding in the United States. People can be seen travelling around in boates.

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2015

Working to reduce the risk of natural disasters is a fundamental element of improving the security of local populations. Switzerland has placed this objective on the agenda for its chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2014. High-level conferences and practical training are planned.

Country/region Period Budget
Eastern Europe and CIS

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2015


CHF 4'000'000



Project completed

Education Fund for Roma

01.10.2012 - 31.12.2014

Roma minorities, numbering approximately 10 million people, still suffer from widespread poverty and marginalisation in Eastern European countries. A low educational level is both the cause and consequence of poverty, as well as an obstacle to social integration.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Western Balkans
Education
Education policy
EDUCATION
Education policy and administrative management
Administrative costs

01.10.2012 - 31.12.2014


CHF 2'273'000



Project completed

Notaries relieve courts

01.03.2012 - 30.06.2017

In the former Yugoslavia notaries did not exist. Their tasks were carried out by district courts, and that is still the case today. The district courts are chronically overloaded and are unable to fulfil their responsibilities satisfactorily. The project is supporting the government of Kosovo with the introduction of a notarial system and thereby contributing to the development of the rule of law in the country.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Kosovo
Governance
Legal and judicial development
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
Legal and judicial development

01.03.2012 - 30.06.2017


CHF 1'150'000



Project completed

Enhancing Youth Employability (EYE) – 27,000 New Jobs for Young Men and Women in Kosovo

Agricultural school in Pristina, vocational Education Support Project 2011

01.08.2010 - 31.12.2016

In order to improve the market opportunities for young Kosovar women and men, the EYE program facilitates a matching of demand and supply sides of the labour market. Adequate training and education is available to meet the requirements of the private sector. The job seekers are enabled to access vacant positions and make informed decisions about their career paths. Furthermore, the EYE project promotes focused private sector investments in relevant subsectors that lead to growth of employment opportunities for young people. The approach taken by the project aims to bring about systemic change in matching demand and supply leading to large-scale and sustainable impact on the target group.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Kosovo
Employment & economic development
Employment creation
OTHER SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES
Employment policy and administrative management

01.08.2010 - 31.12.2016


CHF 8'045'000



Project completed

A platform for the diaspora

The albinfo.ch homepage

01.05.2010 - 31.05.2013

Albinfo.ch connects members of the Albanian-speaking diaspora in Switzerland and with their countries of origin. Networking and exchange allow them to take part in social, economic and cultural developments in their countries of origin. Switzerland helps to fund this platform.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Western Balkans
Migration
Diaspora for development
COMMUNICATIONS
Information and communication technology (ICT)

01.05.2010 - 31.05.2013


CHF 470'000


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